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Sheffield United 3-2 Preston North End: David McGoldrick's winner cuts short Preston comeback

Billy Sharp celebrates scoring goal
Billy Sharp celebrates scoring his fourth Championship goal of the season

David McGoldrick scored a late winner as Sheffield United edged past Preston North End, who had come from 2-0 down to equalise.

McGoldrick's low shot clinched victory for United in the 87th minute following a fine assist from Enda Stevens.

A quiet first half was brought to life by Sharp's right-footed shot from close range to open the scoring, before Chris Basham's looping header found the top corner from an Oliver Norwood free-kick.

Preston drew level with two goals in two minutes as Daniel Johnson's left-footed shot was followed moments later by Callum Robinson's similar effort, both finding the bottom left corner.

Although United started brighter, Robinson was always a threat for Preston and his curled shot from range had Dean Henderson running backwards as it went over.

Sharp's goal lifted the Blades and they continued to press in the second half, rewarded by Basham's header to make it 2-0.

Paul Gallagher and Tom Barkhuizen, who was isolated for much of the game, were replaced as Preston manager Alex Neil looked for a way back into the game.

The attacking intent brought about by a change in formation worked and Preston stunned the home side with their two quick goals.

However, United's three sole shots on target were enough for them to keep the pressure on the top three, while Preston's loss means they stay rooted to the bottom of the Championship on five points.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"I'm delighted and proud with the way we set up.

"It was never dull, but the players showed tremendous character to get themselves back up off the canvas.

"I'm delighted we got our noses in front and the swagger about us was good to see."

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"That's been the story of the season so far. When we look like the side who's going to win and we've got a foothold back into the game, we get hurt with a sucker-punch.

"But it's about more than that. It's about game management, experience and recognising we can still throw caution to the wind along with the hard work.

"We scored two goals so there is definitely a threat there, but as a team we've got to stop conceding as many goals as we are."

David McGoldrick scores the winning goal
David McGoldrick clinches the win for United in the 87th minute

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 63mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forClarkeat 85'minutes
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forStearmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 9Clarke
  • 11Woodburn
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 39Washington

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 2FisherBooked at 87mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 51mins
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forJohnsonat 62'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 18LedsonBooked at 88minsSubstituted forHarropat 90'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forBarkerat 71'minutes
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 3Earl
  • 9Moult
  • 10Harrop
  • 11Johnson
  • 19Burke
  • 21Barker
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
23,857

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Preston North End 2.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Sheffield United).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces David McGoldrick.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Ryan Ledson.

Offside, Sheffield United. Jack O'Connell tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Booking

Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan Ledson (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Preston North End 2. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Sheffield United).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces Mark Duffy.

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Preston North End 2. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Ledson.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Preston North End 1. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marvin Johnson replaces Billy Sharp.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Hughes.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Kieron Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Brandon Barker replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daniel Johnson replaces Paul Gallagher.

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

Foul by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

Offside, Sheffield United. David McGoldrick tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by John Egan.

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Preston North End 0. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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