Sheffield United centre-back Harry Maguire scored twice against Crewe to help Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough secure victory in his first game.

Maguire headed the Blades into the lead from Stephen McGinn's free-kick and netted his second from the same player's delivery from a corner.

The Blades sealed the win when Ryan Flynn cut inside to thump home.

Substitute Chuks Aneke hit the bar for the visitors before Max Clayton pulled one back late on.

Sheffield United's third win of the season saw them move out of the League One relegation zone, at the expense of their opponents.

The Railwaymen, who fell to a 3-0 home defeat by Stevenage on Tuesday, have now lost five of their last seven in all competitions.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Delighted with the three points and the response from the players.

"Chris Morgan takes a lot of credit for what he's done this week. Seven points from nine from the position we're in is a great return.

"We had great energy for the first hour, then we ran out of steam a little bit late on.

"But we got the three goals ahead and Crewe are the sort of side that are just going to keep passing and playing."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 10 Taylor (Coady - 82' )
  • 18 King (Miller - 69' )
  • 22 Lappin (Cuvelier - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 02 Westlake
  • 11 Baxter
  • 12 Miller
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 17 Coady
  • 23 Murphy

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 02 Tootle
  • 20 Turton (Aneke - 57' )
  • 12 Ray
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 08 Osman
  • 19 Oliver
  • 14 Inman Booked (Clayton - 74' )
  • 42 Grant

Substitutes

  • 05 Ellis
  • 07 Clayton
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 18 Nolan
  • 22 Garratt
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aneke
Ref: Brendan Malone

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

8 3

Corners

3 3

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

90:00 +4:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

90:00 +3:16

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +2:34

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:34

Foul by Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +0:23

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

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

89:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Florent Cuvelier replaces Simon Lappin.

89:02

Attempt blocked. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:39

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:39

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

85:19

Foul by Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra).

85:19

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Lyle Taylor because of an injury.

80:46

Attempt saved. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

78:49

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:49

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

77:47

Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:47

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

77:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 1. Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chukwuemeka Aneke.

76:43

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:43

Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).

75:17

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

74:47

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lyle Taylor.

74:02

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:02

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

73:48

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

73:48

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Max Clayton replaces Bradden Inman.

72:04

Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:27 Booking

Booking Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

71:17

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:17

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

70:07

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

69:33

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

69:33

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Shaun Miller replaces Marlon King.

67:22

Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:22

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

62:50

Attempt saved. Marlon King (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:21

Attempt blocked. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:12

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:12

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

58:50

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

56:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chukwuemeka Aneke replaces Oliver Turton because of an injury.

54:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Lappin.

52:37

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

52:37

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:46

Attempt missed. Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

49:39

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:39

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

49:08

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:21

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:21

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

47:51

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

47:51

Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:10

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:10

Foul by Marlon King (Sheffield United).

44:56

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

44:56

Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:18

Attempt missed. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

38:51

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:51

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

36:21

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

30:15

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:15

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

28:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen McGinn with a cross.

28:33

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by George Ray.

26:29

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:29

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

26:18

Attempt saved. Simon Lappin (Sheffield United) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

25:54

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

20:34

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

20:34

Simon Lappin (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:08

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:08

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

17:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen McGinn with a cross.

16:54

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

16:54

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:29

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

11:06

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Long.

10:49

Attempt saved. Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

10:08

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:03

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

9:02

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:02

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

8:35

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

8:13

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by George Ray.

5:11

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

5:11

Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:56

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

3:07

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:07

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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