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Carabao Cup: Sheffield Utd 2-1 Blackburn

Richard Stearman scores for Sheffield United against Blackburn in the Carabao Cup
Richard Stearman opened the scoring for Sheffield United on his first appearance of the season

First-half goals from Richard Stearman and Oliver Norwood helped Sheffield United beat Blackburn to reach the Carabao Cup third round.

Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong had an early penalty saved at Bramall Lane before Stearman put the Blades ahead with a diving header from Norwood's corner.

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Norwood doubled United's lead in first half stoppage-time with a strike from the edge of the penalty area following good work by Ravel Morrison.

Blackburn substitute Sam Gallagher headed home Armstrong's left-wing cross in the second half, but the Premier League side held on.

United manager Chris Wilder made 10 changes to the side that lost to Leicester last weekend, including giving debuts to Ben Osborn and Mo Besic and first starts for Oli McBurnie and Manchester United academy graduate Morrison.

Championship team Blackburn, winners of the EFL Cup in 2002, had the chance to take the lead after only six minutes when Stearman brought down Armstrong in the area.

Armstrong's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Simon Moore, who was making his first Blades appearance since January.

John Buckley and Joe Rothwell sent long-range efforts wide for Blackburn before United opening the scoring after 31 minutes.

Blackburn allowed Norwood's corner to go right across their six-yard box before Stearman nodded home.

The home side doubled their lead when Morrison went on a mazy run down the left before finding Norwood, who fired into the corner.

Blackburn got themselves back into the game with 18 minutes remaining courtesy of Gallagher's powerful header, and fellow substitute Joe Rankin-Costello had an effort cleared off the line as they pushed for an equaliser.

Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was sent off in stoppage time for arguing with the referee as United edged through.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder: "I take the blame for a disjointed performance because when you do make than many changes it's not really the players to blame.

"We were also up against a very talented side that move the ball about very well. You get games like that when you don't really have a rhythm about you.

"But we had to make the changes because everyone recognises that without doubt the bigger issue is Chelsea (in the Premier League) on Saturday."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 15Jagielka
  • 19StearmanBooked at 7mins
  • 20BryanSubstituted forStevensat 24'minutes
  • 18Freeman
  • 27Besic
  • 16NorwoodSubstituted forMoussetat 66'minutes
  • 14MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 23Osborn
  • 9McBurnieSubstituted forFreemanat 45'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 3Stevens
  • 6Basham
  • 7Lundstram
  • 8Freeman
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 21Verrips
  • 22Mousset

Blackburn

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 78mins
  • 3Williams
  • 5CunninghamBooked at 89mins
  • 29Evans
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forTravisat 65'minutes
  • 39Buckley
  • 23DackSubstituted forGallagherat 60'minutes
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forRankin-Costelloat 71'minutes
  • 7Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 9Gallagher
  • 10Graham
  • 11Chapman
  • 27Travis
  • 35Grayson
  • 37Rankin-Costello
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
9,714

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home2
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Attempt saved. Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Buckley with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Booking

Ravel Morrison (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 Ravel Morrison (Sheffield United).

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Sheffield United).

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers).

Muhamed Besic (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by John Buckley.

Attempt blocked. Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Buckley.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Offside, Sheffield United. Kieron Freeman tries a through ball, but Lys Mousset is caught offside.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Luke Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rankin-Costello replaces Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Lys Mousset replaces Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Richard Smallwood.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Greg Cunningham tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Bradley Dack.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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