League One
Rochdale1Sheff Utd2

Rochdale 1-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United gave their bid for a play-off place a significant boost with a narrow win at mid-table Rochdale.

Marc McNulty opened the scoring for the Blades in the first half with a fine, curling effort.

John Brayford doubled their lead after the break when his shot squirmed past Rochdale's Josh Lillis, before Jack O'Connell's header halved the deficit.

Rochdale searched for an equaliser, but Nigel Clough's men held on for a fourth win in their last five league games.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 33Kennedy
  • 14Héry
  • 25Rose
  • 26LoganSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 31'minutes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBennettat 68'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 10BrandySubstituted forBellat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 17Tanser
  • 21Musangu
  • 24Allen
  • 31Bell
  • 39Bunney

Sheff Utd

  • 24Turner
  • 5Brayford
  • 27Kennedy
  • 19McEveley
  • 3Harris
  • 6Basham
  • 8Doyle
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forFreemanat 71'minutes
  • 18CouttsSubstituted forReedat 83'minutes
  • 9MurphyBooked at 44mins
  • 12McNultySubstituted forDoneat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Willis
  • 14Done
  • 16Davies
  • 22Reed
  • 26Freeman
  • 29Adams
  • 36Calvert-Lewin
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
3,574

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Sheffield United 2.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

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

Tom Kennedy (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United).

Foul by Nyal Bell (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Paul Coutts.

Attempt saved. Nyal Bell (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Sheffield United 2. Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ian Henderson.

Attempt blocked. Bastien Héry (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Bastien Héry (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Kieron Freeman replaces Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Peter Vincenti.

Attempt missed. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Kennedy.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

Hand ball by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Sheffield United 2. John Brayford (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Doyle.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nyal Bell replaces Febian Brandy.

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Febian Brandy (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City32207561303167
2MK Dons32188666313562
3Swindon32186859352460
4Preston31178647281959
5Sheff Utd3115794536952
6Bradford31129104136545
7Doncaster32129113940-145
8Fleetwood32128123233-144
9Oldham311110104144-343
10Chesterfield32119124444042
11Gillingham32119124649-342
12Port Vale32126144145-442
13Rochdale301251352421041
14Walsall321011113334-141
15Peterborough32125153843-541
16Barnsley32125154248-641
17Scunthorpe31117134347-440
18Notts County31108133339-638
19Crewe32115163255-2338
20Colchester3297163953-1434
21Coventry31712123243-1133
22Crawley3289153456-2233
23Leyton Orient3188154148-732
24Yeovil3278172547-2229
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