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Sheffield United 3-0 Blackburn Rovers: Billy Sharp double helps Blades win

David McGoldrick scores
David McGoldrick (right) scored Sheffield United's third with his chest

Sheffield United scored three times in the last 20 minutes to see off Blackburn and move to within two points of third place in the Championship.

After both sides received a second-half red card, Blades skipper Billy Sharp hooked in to break the stalemate before firing past David Raya to double their lead.

David McGoldrick chested in a third from John Fleck's cross to seal the result, in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested.

Chris Basham was given a second yellow for United for handball and Richie Smallwood a straight red for Rovers for a challenge on Sharp, both while the game was still goalless.

Chris Wilder's Blades stayed fourth but moved six points clear of seventh-placed Birmingham, while Blackburn dropped to 15th after losing three consecutive league games for the first time since April 2017.

Rovers were denied by the post in the first half from Charlie Mulgrew's free-kick and Enda Stevens thumped against the bar for the hosts.

Sharp now has 15 league goals this season, topping the 13 he scored for the Yorkshire side last term.

United named an unchanged side for the fourth game running though the visitors made seven changes - including dropping top scorer Bradley Dack to the bench - and his arrival as a substitute could not help them take anything from the match.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"I've got to compliment the opposition for the way they attacked the game in the first half. They freshened it up, had energy on the pitch and it was a bit of a grind for us.

"They were as good a team for 45 minutes as there's been at Bramall Lane. They were positive and we found it a bit of a struggle.

"The outcome of the game, especially when we went down to 10 men…no one would have seen the result coming."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"It was an Intense football match, two teams who were at it. Sadly I would say the officials had the biggest impact on the game today.

"I think the referee mismanaged the game. He's come from the Premier League to the Championship, thought he'd have a nice easy day and he's guessed his way through the match with his decisions.

"He's upset the stadium, upset our bench and I think he had the biggest impact on the game.

"The last 20 minutes we need to be better. The sending off of Smallwood…I think psychologically and mentally we have to deal with that better from being in total control when it was 11 v 10 to 10 v 10 - they dealt with it better than we did."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6BashamBooked at 51mins
  • 12EganBooked at 50mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 33mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCouttsat 56'minutes
  • 17McGoldrickBooked at 85minsSubstituted forWashingtonat 87'minutes
  • 10SharpBooked at 70minsSubstituted forClarkeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Clarke
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
  • 39Washington

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 6SmallwoodBooked at 71mins
  • 45PalmerBooked at 59minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 69'minutes
  • 27Travis
  • 8Rothwell
  • 19BreretonSubstituted forDackat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rodwell
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 23Dack
  • 25Downing
  • 29Evans
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
27,384

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Clarke following a fast break.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Washington replaces David McGoldrick.

Booking

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Blackburn Rovers 0. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) with an attempt from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by John Fleck.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a through ball.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Delay in match Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Booking

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Dack replaces Ben Brereton.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Kasey Palmer.

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Travis.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Attempt saved. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Booking

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Mark Duffy.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442241851
2Norwich25146547331448
3West Brom25137553322146
4Sheff Utd25135742281444
5Middlesbrough25119527171042
6Derby2512673731642
7Birmingham25911537271038
8QPR2511593132-138
9Aston Villa2591064738937
10Nottm Forest2581253527836
11Bristol City259883028235
12Stoke2581163029135
13Swansea2596103130133
14Hull2596103033-333
15Blackburn2571083140-931
16Sheff Wed2587103141-1031
17Preston2578103741-429
18Brentford2569103535027
19Wigan2575132537-1226
20Millwall2567123039-925
21Bolton2557131732-1522
22Rotherham25410112340-1722
23Reading2548132737-1020
24Ipswich2529141943-2415
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