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Norwich City 1-2 Sheffield United

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Sheffield United recorded their first league win since Boxing Day

Sheffield United held on for victory at Norwich City to remain in the final Championship play-off place.

James Wilson gave the Blades an early lead with a goal on his full debut.

Clayton Donaldson increased their advantage after a mistake in the home defence, only for Ivo Pinto to head home and give the Canaries hope.

Nelson Oliveira fired over as the hosts went in search of an equaliser, but the visitors kept them at bay for a first league win since Boxing Day.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke made just one change to the side that started Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at Chelsea which went to extra-time and penalties.

He may have been regretting that decision when Manchester United loanee Wilson finished well for his first league goal since May 2016 in only the sixth minute.

Alex Tettey, the one change from Wednesday night's defeat, teed up Donaldson for United's second with a dreadfully under-hit backpass before Pinto headed in James Maddison's corner.

Despite piling on late pressure Norwich could not find a leveller and remain 13th, nine points outside the play-offs.

Norwich City boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"The performance is hard to judge. When you have such a game after a tough week, it's quite important to play without a mistake. Today, after five minutes, we gave away a totally unnecessary corner kick. And then it is like it is.

"Then you feel the tiredness. In the first thirty minutes, we were really struggling, but in the last 15 minutes of the first-half, we found our game and put pressure on them.

"I got the feeling in the second-half we could go on and perhaps turn the game again, but an unlucky situation leads to a 2-0 and then it's really hard after this week."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"People talk about getting the first goal, so it was important. It gave us a lift and settled us down.

"I thought we went on to dominate the first-half especially and we were a little bit disappointed we didn't stretch the lead before half-time.

"I thought we played well in the first-half. I thought we dominated the game and dictated. I understood Norwich played 120 minutes on Wednesday night but it was still up to us to get about them, and we did."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Gunn
  • 31HanleySubstituted forHoolahanat 59'minutes
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15KloseBooked at 90mins
  • 2PintoBooked at 90mins
  • 4ReedSubstituted forVrancicat 59'minutes
  • 27TetteySubstituted forStiepermannat 87'minutes
  • 26Lewis
  • 23Maddison
  • 9Oliveira
  • 11Murphy

Substitutes

  • 3Husband
  • 8Vrancic
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 20Raggett
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell

Sheff Utd

  • 1Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 14Leonard
  • 20EvansSubstituted forLundstramat 82'minutes
  • 4FleckBooked at 66mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 87mins
  • 12WilsonSubstituted forDonaldsonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Donaldson
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 26Holmes
  • 31Eastwood
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
26,486

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 1, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Sheffield United 2.

Foul by Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City).

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United).

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Timm Klose (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

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

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mario Vrancic.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Alexander Tettey.

Booking

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Lee Evans.

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United).

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Simon Moore (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

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

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Simon Moore.

Attempt saved. Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by George Baldock.

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Leonard.

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

goal

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