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Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United: Pablo Hernandez capitalises on Dean Henderson error

Pablo Hernandez
Pablo Hernandez (front) has scored seven goals this season

Pablo Hernandez capitalised on a dreadful defensive error from Sheffield United to give Leeds United all three points in the Yorkshire derby and briefly send them top of the Championship.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to chase John Egan's overhit backpass to avoid conceding a corner but then miscued his pass out of defence straight to Leeds winger Jack Clarke, who squared for Hernandez to tap in a crucial late winner.

There was still time for the hosts to hit the woodwork when Conor Washington teed himself up for an overhead kick only to see his acrobatic effort come back off the Leeds crossbar in stoppage time.

Before the late drama, home striker Billy Sharp headed over a fine chance and visiting forward Kemar Roofe saw a header flash by Henderson's upright.

Marcelo Bielsa's side were knocked back off top spot after Norwich beat Rotherham 3-1 later on Saturday.

Leeds were forced into an early change when captain Liam Cooper was forced off with a knee injury inside the opening 25 minutes and it was his replacement, Aapo Halme, who had the visitors' best chance in the opening half, Henderson getting down well to save the Finn's deflected shot.

Sheffield United targeted young Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell with testing crosses into the box throughout and should have had their reward when Sharp headed over from David McGoldrick's fine centre.

Peacock-Farrell did well to block McGoldrick's shot after they had conceded possession close to their own goal and it proved to be a similarly self-inflicted error that gave the Elland Road side a first victory at Bramall Lane since 1992.

They host QPR next Saturday, while fifth-placed Sheffield United travel to struggling Reading.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"I thought it was a really good game. Credit to them in their approach. From the start of the season, it's been positive.

"There was no way they were going to come and sit back. I thought it was a similar approach from our point of view as well and maybe decided by a bit of magic, taking a chance or a mistake and unfortunately for us it's the final one.

"We've made a big mistake and we have to accept that. Dean [Henderson] is a big boy and he'll get on with it. I'm not going to rub his head for him. It's part and parcel of being a professional footballer and especially a goalkeeper."

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa:

"The opponents dominated at the beginning of the game and at the end of the game, but between these two moments, without being excellent, we did an interesting performance.

"It is not convenient to make comparisons with other teams at this moment in the season. What I can say is that we played against a serious opponent.

"It was hard for us to find a solution to the project of play from Sheffield United. I'm always happy when I win and if this result puts us at the top of the table, even better."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12EganBooked at 33mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2BaldockBooked at 53mins
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 80mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensBooked at 25minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 84'minutes
  • 21DuffySubstituted forWashingtonat 62'minutes
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
  • 39Washington

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Phillips
  • 18Jansson
  • 6CooperSubstituted forHalmeat 21'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 4Forshaw
  • 15Dallas
  • 3Douglas
  • 43KlichBooked at 90mins
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forShackletonat 90'minutes
  • 7RoofeBooked at 40mins
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Huffer
  • 14Sáiz
  • 22Harrison
  • 34Baker
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 52Halme
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
25,794

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Leeds United 1.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Conor Washington (Sheffield United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Pablo Hernández.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aapo Halme.

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aapo Halme (Leeds United).

Booking

Aapo Halme (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Aapo Halme (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marvin Johnson replaces Enda Stevens.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Leeds United 1. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Booking

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by John Fleck.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Conor Washington (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Baldock.

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

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Leeds United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kemar Roofe.

Offside, Sheffield United. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Washington replaces Mark Duffy.

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

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich20124435221340
2Leeds20116333171639
3Middlesbrough209832213935
4West Brom19104541271434
5Nottm Forest20810232211134
6Sheff Utd2010463224834
7Derby2010463024634
8Aston Villa208753930931
9Birmingham207943024630
10Blackburn207852630-429
11QPR208482429-528
12Stoke206952525027
13Swansea207582221126
14Bristol City197482323025
15Wigan207492328-525
16Sheff Wed206592536-1123
17Preston205783135-422
18Brentford195683028221
19Hull2055101928-920
20Rotherham204881930-1120
21Reading2046102632-618
22Bolton2046101326-1318
23Millwall1945102332-917
24Ipswich2018111735-1811
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