Sheffield United lifted themselves out of the League One relegation zone with victory over Gillingham.

Conor Coady's first-half goal from inside the box earned all three points for the FA Cup quarter-finalists.

Ryan Inniss, making his Gillingham debut, missed a good chance in the first half but was substituted after 42 minutes because of injury.

Ben Davies, who signed for Sheffield United on loan from Derby an hour before the match, also made his debut.

The hosts had won their last three games at Priestfield but only Adebayo Akinfenwa went close to scoring, with a header onto the roof of the net.

Coady's goal came from a low drive sent into the bottom right corner.

It was the Liverpool loanee's second strike of the week, after he played a part in their 3-1 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We're delighted on the back of Sunday's performance and victory to come here (and win).

"To come here and get a clean sheet and three points, I think it's probably the best three points of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin Booked
  • 12 Gregory Booked
  • 24 Inniss (Legge - 42' )
  • 26 Barrett
  • 15 Dack
  • 04 Linganzi (Weston - 73' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 19 Smith (Whelpdale - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Legge
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 11 Weston
  • 27 Fagan
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 32 Pigott
  • 35 Baxter

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 07 Flynn (Davies - 73' )
  • 03 Harris
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 17 Coady
  • 14 McGinn
  • 18 Paynter (Murphy - 69' )
  • 09 Porter (Baxter - 79' )
  • 08 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 11 Baxter
  • 12 Miller
  • 21 Scougall
  • 22 Davies
  • 23 Murphy
  • 25 Long
  • 32 Kennedy
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 5,766

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

2 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

19 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +2:37

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:37

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United).

90:00 +0:21

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

90:00 +0:21

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:39

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

88:39

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

88:04

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:52

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

87:30

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

86:00

Hand ball by Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham).

84:16

Attempt saved. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

81:42

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

81:42

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Chris Porter.

76:37

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

76:37

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

75:28

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

75:28

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

74:01 Booking

Booking Steven Gregory (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

73:41

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

73:41

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Amine Linganzi.

72:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Ryan Flynn.

70:45

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

70:45

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

70:11

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:11

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

68:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Billy Paynter.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Chris Whelpdale replaces Connor Smith.

62:52

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

62:52

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:24

Attempt missed. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

61:54

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Conor Coady.

60:54

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

60:27

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

57:13

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

57:13

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

55:14

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

54:26

Attempt blocked. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:39

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

52:43

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:43

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

52:09

Attempt missed. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:00

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

50:59

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

49:09

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

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +0:23

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

45:00 +0:23

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:13 Booking

Booking Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

43:00

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

42:58

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

42:17

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

41:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Leon Legge replaces Ryan Inniss because of an injury.

40:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 0, Sheffield United 1. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

39:53

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range.

38:09

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

37:36

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

37:36

Ryan Inniss (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:54

Attempt saved. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:23

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:23

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Gillingham).

33:25

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:25

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

32:24

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

30:19

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Neill Collins.

30:00

Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:37

Attempt blocked. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:36 Booking

Booking Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

22:15

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

22:15

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:36

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:36

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

12:59

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

11:40

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

11:40

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

7:38

Attempt missed. Ryan Inniss (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left.

4:22

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:48

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:48

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

0:30

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

0:30

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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