League One
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Sheffield United 4-0 Scunthorpe United

Jason Holt
Jason Holt (left) is on loan at Sheffield United from Hearts

League One play-off hopefuls Sheffield United hammered struggling Scunthorpe.

The Blades took the lead when Jason Holt cut inside and his low cross drifted into the corner.

Jose Baxter made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before the break after Ryan Flynn was tripped in the area by Iron full-back Jordan Clarke.

Jamie Murphy raced away to finish neatly before Baxter netted his second penalty after Miguel Llera was sent off for fouling Marc McNulty in the box.

The result means that the fifth-placed Blades are now six points clear of seventh-placed Barnsley.

Scunthorpe, who have now lost three of their last four matches, remain one point clear of the League One relegation zone with nine games to play.

Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Robins on Sheffield United v Scunthorpe

"You've just witnessed probably the best performance from a Sheffield United team that I've seen for a long time. You're talking about a big club who actually turned up tonight and played a game that was absolutely outstanding.

"We conceded a first goal that was a poor first goal to concede. There's been two penalties and in all fairness we've come up against them on an unbelievable good night. I can't do anything about that, you've got to take your hat off to them.

"We've got nine games left in a season where we've been in and around the bottom of the division all the time, so let's put it into some perspective.

"That was a Championship performance from them. They were outstanding."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 24Turner
  • 26FreemanBooked at 10mins
  • 6Basham
  • 5Brayford
  • 3Harris
  • 18CouttsSubstituted forDoyleat 79'minutes
  • 35Holt
  • 11Baxter
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes
  • 32DaviesSubstituted forMcNultyat 75'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 8Doyle
  • 12McNulty
  • 13Willis
  • 14Done
  • 16Davies
  • 29Adams

Scunthorpe

  • 26Daniels
  • 33Clarke
  • 32LleraBooked at 84mins
  • 6Canavan
  • 17TownsendBooked at 25mins
  • 22O'Neil
  • 18LundstramBooked at 37mins
  • 35OsbourneSubstituted forvan Veenat 60'minutes
  • 28McSheffreySubstituted forBoyceat 86'minutes
  • 9Madden
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forWoottonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10van Veen
  • 15Evans
  • 25Boyce
  • 29Wootton
  • 30Williams
  • 37Davey
  • 39Anyon
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
19,442

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 4, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 4, Scunthorpe United 0.

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Boyce (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Andrew Boyce replaces Gary McSheffrey.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 4, Scunthorpe United 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United).

Penalty Sheffield United. Marc McNulty draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kevin van Veen.

Booking

Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Ryan Flynn.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Scunthorpe United 0. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieron Freeman.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle replaces Paul Coutts.

Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marc McNulty replaces Steve Davies.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Liam O'Neil (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam O'Neil.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

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

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kevin van Veen replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City38258573324183
2Preston372110663323173
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3817101155431261
6Peterborough38175164646056
7Barnsley38167155150155
8Rochdale371651663501353
9Doncaster381411134848053
10Fleetwood381410143943-452
11Oldham381410144956-752
12Chesterfield37149145449551
13Bradford361312114642451
14Gillingham381212145256-448
15Port Vale38146184753-648
16Walsall371113133641-546
17Coventry381013154354-1143
18Scunthorpe371110164860-1243
19Crawley381110174364-2143
20Notts County37119173750-1342
21Crewe38126203568-3342
22Leyton Orient37109184753-639
23Colchester38108204663-1738
24Yeovil3889212858-3033
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