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Sheffield United 1-0 Ipswich Town

Chris Basham heads Sheffield United ahead against Ipswich
Chris Basham's first goal of the season was enough to give Sheffield United a third win in four games

Sheffield United continued their fine start to the season by sending Ipswich to a third defeat in four games.

Chris Basham's header four minutes after the interval was enough for a third win in four games for the Blades.

Martyn Waghorn came close to an immediate equaliser when he struck the crossbar from Tristan Nydam's pass.

Leon Clarke also hit the bar with an effort for the hosts, who overcame a serious-looking injury to defender Kieron Freeman in the first half.

Chris Wilder's side, promoted as League One champions in May, went level on points with Cardiff City behind new leaders Wolves, but with an inferior goal difference.

Basham's first goal of the season saw the centre-back rise above Myles Kenlock in the Ipswich area to head home John Fleck's cross.

Freeman, who came into the Sheffield United side at right-back for the injured George Baldock, was stretchered off himself after being involved in a goalmouth melee to deny David McGoldrick a chance to open the scoring.

The Blades withstood a spell of pressure from Ipswich just before half-time as Jonas Knudsen and Waghorn also threatened.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is now without an away win in the month of October in his past 18 matches, a run stretching back to 2008 when he guided Wolves to a 3-2 victory at Watford.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"It was a good performance with a good result. We got our rewards for a decent, solid display. To keep a clean sheet with the players they've got at the top of the pitch is very pleasing.

"Kieron Freeman is going for a scan on Monday. It was a collision in the box but I ask the players to play for us and put their bodies on the line. Sometimes these things happen.

"It's disappointing for him. He'll have a period out, but I don't know how long that's going to be. We'll find out when the scan comes back.

"I can't remember the last time Chris Basham scored but he's played a part in about 140 points in the last two years so that's not bad."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"I'm pretty annoyed we've lost the game. They started well, but we grew into it and it's a very good goal for them but a very poor goal for us to concede.

"I had to change the way we were playing as they were having too much of the ball. When I changed it to the 4-3-3, we stemmed the tide, somewhat.

"I don't think there's going to be anybody like Newcastle or Brighton. I don't see that. But, I do think Sheffield United are a good side and will be up in the top six.

"I don't think they're going to fall over. They've got momentum, a good way of playing and they all look to be working very hard for each other."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 16Carter-VickersBooked at 90mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanSubstituted forWrightat 40'minutes
  • 7Lundstram
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLaffertyat 86'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 34mins
  • 10SharpSubstituted forBrooksat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Wright
  • 17Hanson
  • 24Lafferty
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 6Webster
  • 4Chambers
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 69mins
  • 2Iorfa
  • 18Ward
  • 8Skuse
  • 22NydamSubstituted forSearsat 73'minutes
  • 30KenlockSubstituted forDownesat 58'minutes
  • 9Waghorn
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forCelinaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 5Smith
  • 11Celina
  • 12Spence
  • 16Connolly
  • 20Sears
  • 21Downes
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
25,799

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Ipswich Town 0.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

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

Offside, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Dominic Iorfa is caught offside.

Booking

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Daniel Lafferty replaces Mark Duffy.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

Attempt missed. David Brooks (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town).

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a headed pass following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Tristan Nydam.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Bersant Celina replaces David McGoldrick.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by John Fleck.

Booking

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Billy Sharp.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Adam Webster (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Flynn Downes replaces Myles Kenlock.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Myles Kenlock (Ipswich Town).

Hand ball by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves1282221111026
2Cardiff127321710724
3Sheff Utd128041610624
4Bristol City125612011921
5Preston12561158721
6Leeds126241812620
7Aston Villa125431712519
8Norwich125431214-219
9Fulham124621612418
10Ipswich116052017318
11Middlesbrough124531511417
12Sheff Wed124441614216
13Nottm Forest115061519-415
14QPR123541516-114
15Hull123452320313
16Millwall123451414013
17Derby103431313013
18Brentford122641415-112
19Barnsley113351517-212
20Reading113351012-212
21Birmingham12327819-1111
22Burton12246623-1710
23Sunderland121561322-98
24Bolton12129623-175
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