Championship
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers3Sheff UtdSheffield United0
Ruben Neves opens the scoring for Wolves against Sheffield United
Ruben Neves opened the scoring with an eye-catching goal after just five minutes

Wolves maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the Championship with a stylish victory over Sheffield United.

Ruben Neves curled an unstoppable right-foot effort into the top right corner for an early opening goal.

Diogo Jota doubled the hosts' lead after a neat one-two with Ivan Cavaleiro finished off a flowing move.

Cavaleiro added a third goal after the break from a deflected free-kick, moments after Blades keeper Simon Moore had been sent off for a foul on Jota.

Wolves' margin of victory looked comfortable even before Moore was shown a straight red card as he collided with Jota outside his area when trying to beat the forward to a high ball.

Benik Afobe came off the bench to mark his return to Wolves after a loan move from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day and almost added a fourth goal with his first touch.

Chances were few and far between for Sheffield United as they fell to a second defeat in five days to fall five points off the play-off places and drop a place to eighth.

Back-to-back wins for Wolves after their surprising 2-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest last month mean they keep a 12-point cushion over third-placed Aston Villa.

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 8Neves
  • 3Douglas
  • 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forBonatiniat 65'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 81'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forAfobeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 19Afobe
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 30Hause
  • 31Norris
  • 33Bonatini

Sheff Utd

  • 1MooreBooked at 73mins
  • 6BashamSubstituted forLeonardat 71'minutes
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 20Evans
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forDonaldsonat 71'minutes
  • 12WilsonSubstituted forEastwoodat 76'minutes
  • 9Clarke

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Donaldson
  • 14Leonard
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 31Eastwood
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
29,311

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

  10. Post update

    Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Diogo Jota.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United).

  14. Post update

    Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Sheffield United 0. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Jake Eastwood replaces James Wilson.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  20. Dismissal

    Simon Moore (Sheffield United) is shown the red card.

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