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Sheffield United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leon Clarke
Leon Clarke has scored four goals in his past two appearances for Sheffield United

Leon Clarke scored either side of half-time as Sheffield United beat Wolves to go second in the Championship.

They were good value for their win, but were helped by the early dismissal of Wolves' Conor Coady for pulling down Clarke as he chased a through ball.

Wolves also missed a penalty when trailing 1-0, Ruben Neves hitting the post after Diogo Jota had been fouled.

Ex-Wolves man Clarke, who netted twice in Sunday's win over Sheffield rivals Wednesday, converted two crosses.

The Blades are without a number of attacking options because of injuries and Clarke has taken advantage, scoring four goals in the space of four days to secure two impressive victories for last season's League One champions.

Clarke started his career at Wolves and struggled during a second spell at Molineux, but the 32-year-old was in clinical form against his former club to earn a seventh win in 10 league games for Chris Wilder's side this term.

His first goal came from a low Enda Stevens cross, while his second was a towering header from a Mark Duffy free-kick.

United dominated the first half after Coady had been sent off and asserted control again after £15.8m midfielder Neves had failed to equalise for the visitors from 12 yards.

It was an unhappy return to Bramall Lane for Coady, who spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Sheffield United and was also a summer transfer target for the Blades.

His red card led to Wolves making a tactical switch and taking off £13m winger Helder Costa, whose return to the first team after nearly six months out injured lasted only 19 minutes.

Ruben Neves
Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves missed Wolves' best chance to score, hitting the post from the penalty spot

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a different type of performance.

"The question on everybody's lips was how we'd turn up, with the opposition having a day more to recover and everything that went with a massive result on Sunday.

"We're a consistent side so I wasn't surprised with the level of the performance. Apart from a gift of a penalty, there wasn't much action in and around our penalty area."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM: "I'm disappointed. The game started well until the moment with the red card. We kept in the game, but it's a bad result.

"We showed character. We only conceded in the second half with a mistake from us, which is something we have to look at and try to avoid. There's nothing very positive from this game."

On Coady's dismissal: "The law is clear. If you are the last man holding an opponent when you're not trying to play the ball, it's a red card."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 13WrightSubstituted forDuffyat 56'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2BaldockBooked at 75mins
  • 6BashamBooked at 67mins
  • 15CouttsBooked at 54mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensSubstituted forLaffertyat 45'minutes
  • 36Brooks
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forEvansat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 7Lundstram
  • 10Sharp
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 32Evans
  • 44Carruthers

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 6Batth
  • 16CoadyBooked at 15mins
  • 25Miranda
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 8NevesBooked at 61minsSubstituted forCavaleiroat 64'minutes
  • 3Douglas
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forSaissat 20'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forEnobakhareat 45'minutes
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 12Marshall
  • 19Price
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 27Saiss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 31Norris
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
25,893

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bright Enobakhare.

Foul by Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by George Baldock.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ched Evans replaces Leon Clarke.

Booking

George Baldock (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Rúben Neves.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Booking

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

David Brooks (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a set piece situation.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Mark Duffy replaces Jake M Wright.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff10721179823
2Sheff Utd10703148621
3Leeds106221881020
4Wolves106221511420
5Preston10541114719
6Ipswich96031913618
7Bristol City104511710717
8Aston Villa104421610616
9Middlesbrough10433117415
10Norwich10433912-315
11Fulham10352129314
12Millwall103431310313
13QPR103431313013
14Sheff Wed103431212013
15Derby93331313012
16Nottm Forest104061318-512
17Hull102351618-29
18Reading9234810-29
19Burton10235619-139
20Brentford101541113-28
21Barnsley92251014-48
22Birmingham10226613-78
23Sunderland101361019-96
24Bolton10028421-172
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