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Sheffield United 2-0 Burton Albion

David Brooks
David Brooks puts Sheffield United 2-0 ahead against Burton Albion

Sheffield United closed the gap on the Championship play-off places to two points with victory over Burton Albion.

Enda Stevens put the hosts ahead when he converted George Baldock's low cross, but Burton were unfortunate not to be level at half-time.

Hope Akpan saw his flick at the near post deflect wide and Jamal Blackman saved superbly from Lloyd Dyer.

Billy Sharp blazed wide with the goal gaping before Mark Duffy set up David Brooks to seal the win for the Blades.

Burton are now three points from safety after Barnsley picked up a point at home to Norwich City. Nigel Clough's side have won only once in the past 11 Championship matches and next have a tough trip to leaders Wolves on Saturday.

The Blades, who had failed two score in their previous two matches against Fulham and Ipswich, went ahead through Stevens' first goal of the season, while Burton went close through Akpan and Dyer in the final two minutes of the first half.

Burton were guilty of more missed chances with former England striker Darren Bent heading wide at the back post, before second-half substitute Brooks slid-in a second for the hosts.

Brewers keeper Stephen Bywater produced a fantastic save to keep out John Fleck's free-kick as the Blades secured their first home win over Burton in four attempts.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"It was a tough game. It was important that we got the first goal but they were always in the game. We struggled to break them down and find the killer pass. Credit to the opposition because they were stubborn.

"They'll take points off people between now and the end of the season and I wouldn't be surprised if they get enough points to stay up because of the pressure on other clubs around them.

"Fortunately for us, we took our chances and won the game. I thought we started the second half really well and upped the tempo a bit. We never really felt out of sight until the last 15-20 minutes."

Burton manager Nigel Clough:

"We played well, created chances and missed chances. We gave a poor goal away. In the key moments, in both penalty areas, they were better than us. They have the players who will punish you.

"All the chances we created came from good play. We can set them up but the one thing we can't do is put the ball in the net. That's the difference between the two teams.

"We're just hanging in there and hoping to be in with a shout in the last few games of the season. We'll keep battling and we'll keep playing."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 19StearmanBooked at 73mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 20EvansBooked at 57mins
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLundstramat 85'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 12WilsonSubstituted forBrooksat 61'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forDonaldsonat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 14Leonard
  • 24Lafferty
  • 26Holmes
  • 36Brooks

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 12FlanaganSubstituted forBuxtonat 82'minutes
  • 15NaylorBooked at 72mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 14McCrory
  • 19Davenport
  • 17Sordell
  • 4AllenSubstituted forSbarraat 11'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 11Dyer
  • 9BentSubstituted forVarneyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Varney
  • 23Buxton
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Barker
  • 26Sbarra
  • 27Boyce
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
24,832

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Burton Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Burton Albion 0.

David Brooks (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jacob Davenport (Burton Albion).

Hand ball by Lee Evans (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Billy Sharp.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt blocked. Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Lundstram with a headed pass.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Stephen Bywater.

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Mark Duffy.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Jake Buxton replaces Tom Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Darren Bent.

Lee Evans (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton Albion).

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Brooks (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Booking

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Richard Stearman (Sheffield United).

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Booking

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Lee Evans (Sheffield United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by David Brooks following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Stephen Bywater.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Burton Albion 0. David Brooks (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces James Wilson.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff37237758312776
3Aston Villa37209861362569
4Fulham371911764392568
5Derby371614755342162
6Middlesbrough371871253351861
7Sheff Utd37185145143859
8Bristol City371513953421158
9Preston37141584637957
10Millwall371413104437755
11Brentford371411125345853
12Ipswich37157154747052
13Leeds37148154951-250
14Norwich371213123842-449
15QPR371210154353-1046
16Nottm Forest37136184354-1145
17Hull37912165356-339
18Sheff Wed37814153951-1238
19Reading37812174254-1236
20Bolton37812173256-2436
21Barnsley37712183754-1733
22Birmingham3786232557-3230
23Burton3779212664-3830
24Sunderland37513193866-2828
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