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Sheffield United 1-1 Stoke City: Late Joe Allen leveller denies Blades

Leon Clarke
Leon Clarke's goal was his first of the season

Joe Allen's late free-kick gave Stoke City a point at Sheffield United, who missed out on the chance to go top of the Championship.

The hosts had a superb early chance to go in front but defender Enda Stevens fired over inside the area.

Leon Clarke converted after Oliver Norwood's free-kick came back off the post to put the Blades in front after the break.

However, Allen's low free-kick beat home goalkeeper Dean Henderson to give the Potters a share of the points.

Chris Wilder's men had a late appeal for a penalty when John Fleck felt his shot had been blocked by a hand inside the area, but they were forced to settle for a draw for just the second time this season.

Stoke boss Gary Rowett was forced to watch from the stands after being given a one-match touchline ban earlier on Tuesday.

Rowett's side were second-best for much of the contest, but both James McClean and Peter Crouch went close before Clarke's first goal of the season gave Sheffield United the lead.

The Potters remain 17th but are just four points outside the top six in a congested table.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We dominated the game from start to finish and I think on the goal [Stoke equaliser] Peter Crouch showed why he's an ex-England international and has played in the Premier League.

"[However] I'm delighted with our performance tonight, I thought we were absolutely outstanding. They [Stoke] will be getting back on their bus and wondering how they've got a result.

"You usually get what you deserve in football - on Saturday we didn't do enough to win the game - but tonight we deserved to."

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Once again I think we've proved that when we go a goal down, we show some fight and a really, really strong response.

"What I'd like us to do is for us to not wait to go a goal down and hit that level of performance from 0-0.

"We sensed a bit more urgency when we were a goal down and we need to do that a bit earlier in the game."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanSubstituted forCouttsat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensBooked at 90mins
  • 21DuffySubstituted forStearmanat 86'minutes
  • 9Clarke
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forWashingtonat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
  • 39Washington

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23MartinaSubstituted forEdwardsat 82'minutes
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins IndiBooked at 69mins
  • 3PietersSubstituted forBojanat 81'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 4Allen
  • 38Woods
  • 11McClean
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forCrouchat 66'minutes
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 16Adam
  • 17Shawcross
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
24,463

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Stoke City 1.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Thomas Edwards (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Coutts.

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

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Kieron Freeman.

Offside, Stoke City. Bojan tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Stoke City 1. Joe Allen (Stoke City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Washington replaces David McGoldrick.

Offside, Sheffield United. John Fleck tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Thomas Edwards replaces Cuco Martina.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Erik Pieters.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bruno Martins Indi.

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

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Stoke City 0. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Saido Berahino.

Offside, Sheffield United. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Kieron Freeman is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough14752167926
2Sheff Utd148242316726
3West Brom1373331181324
4Norwich147341917224
5Leeds1365223111223
6Derby136341714321
7Blackburn145631719-221
8Swansea145541511420
9Birmingham144821613320
10Wigan146261618-220
11QPR146261419-520
12Nottm Forest134721815319
13Bristol City135441714319
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford134632015518
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton134451116-516
19Millwall143471623-713
20Rotherham143471020-1013
21Reading143381923-412
22Preston132471925-610
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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