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Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton: Blades boost promotion hopes with comfortable win

Billy Sharp
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has scored 20 goals this season

Sheffield United boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a comfortable win over struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Chris Wilder's side dominated the first half, but were denied by some superb last-ditch blocks from the visitors.

David McGoldrick finally gave the Blades the lead when he converted a low cross from strike partner Billy Sharp.

Wanderers came close to an equaliser but Sammy Ameobi was unable to convert from Jason Lowe's powerful centre and Sharp wrapped up the win with a close-range header for his 20th of the season.

The three points temporarily moved Chris Wilder's men into second place, although they slipped back down to third when Norwich won at Leeds in the day's late kick-off.

It had threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for the hosts, with Wanderers defending admirably in the face of immense pressure.

However, the Blades eventually got the breakthrough when McGoldrick tapped in his fifth in seven games and Championship top scorer Sharp made the points safe with 17 minutes to play.

The Blades visit out-of-form Aston Villa on Friday (19:45 GMT), while Bolton, who are now three points adrift of safety, host Preston on Saturday (15:00).

'I want us to go for the knockout' - what they said

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Getting the first goal was all important. We can't wait for things to happen, we've got grab the initiative off teams.

"We played too slow, we went backwards and sideways we didn't go forward enough and didn't play quick enough.

"We came out second half and upped the game, we went through the gears and came out as well-deserved winners.

"It was a sparring first half and we're not a sparring team, I want us to go for the knockout."

Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Steve Parkin:

"We just have to keep working with the players. They're a good set of lads who're giving everything they've got.

"Everybody wrote us off last season and I'm sure they're writing us off this year. We've got to prove everybody wrong like we did last year.

"It's a tough league but we have the experience to come through it."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forStearmanat 76'minutes
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forMadineat 80'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forDowellat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 8Dowell
  • 11Hogan
  • 14Madine
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 4Lowe
  • 31Wheater
  • 14Hobbs
  • 3Taylor
  • 17ConnollyBooked at 62mins
  • 48Connell
  • 19O'Neil
  • 6VelaSubstituted forMagennisat 69'minutes
  • 10Ameobi
  • 8Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 11Buckley
  • 12Noone
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Wilson
  • 27Williams
  • 28Magennis
  • 29Grounds
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
26,131

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Wheater.

Gary Madine (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Kieran Dowell replaces Billy Sharp.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Gary Madine replaces David McGoldrick.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt blocked. George Baldock (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces Mark Duffy.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Billy Sharp with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Magennis replaces Josh Vela.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a cross.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Clayton Donaldson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Sheffield United. John Fleck tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich30169557391857
2Leeds30176750341657
3Sheff Utd30166850311954
4West Brom29148759382150
5Middlesbrough291311534221250
6Bristol City2913883729847
7Derby2913884035547
8Birmingham30101374536943
9Aston Villa30101375346743
10Hull30127114338543
11Blackburn30111094246-443
12Nottm Forest30101284235742
13Swansea30118114037341
14QPR29116123541-639
15Stoke30911103339-638
16Sheff Wed29108113445-1138
17Brentford29910104841737
18Preston30910114545037
19Wigan3095163145-1432
20Millwall2979133444-1030
21Rotherham30511142848-2026
22Reading30510153244-1225
23Bolton3058171945-2623
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
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