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Sheffield United 1-0 Coventry City

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp now has eight goals for Sheffield United this season

Coventry lost ground on League One leaders Burton after Billy Sharp sealed victory for Sheffield United.

Blades keeper George Long twice saved well from Adam Armstrong and made a flying stop from a Ruben Lameiras shot.

John Fleck also failed to connect with an Armstrong pass and when Long spilled a cross it was adjudged not to have gone over the line.

Substitute Sharp headed home a Paul Coutts corner from close range before Sam Ricketts was sent off late on.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins:

"We played against a very good footballing side and we had a game-plan. The lads worked very hard and we were solid, resolute and committed, which is great to see.

"The players were disciplined and organised. We want to be competitive and there is a resilience about the players.

"We want to be attack-minded, especially at home, but we've been punished before when teams have caught us on the counter-attack so we need to be nice and solid. We want to have that platform of being hard to beat and keep clean sheets."

Coventry manager Tony Mowbray:

"You've got to take your opportunities when they come along. It wasn't a game with lots of chances.

"The boys were saying in the dressing room that the ball was definitely over the line (Murphy shot). Joe Cole span away celebrating when he probably could have put it in himself.

"The referee had a difficult day. He got some right and he got some wrong so we have to accept that.

"The nature of the goal we conceded was frustrating. It's always disappointing and frustrating to concede a goal from a corner-kick. Reice has decided to come for the ball and missed it. It happens and I'm not sure whether the boy who scored knew much about it.

"Credit to them because I thought they set up well and defended well. We have to take it on the chin and move on to the next one."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 5Brayford
  • 34EdgarBooked at 56mins
  • 15Collins
  • 19McEveleyBooked at 23mins
  • 8Coutts
  • 35HammondBooked at 42mins
  • 6Basham
  • 17WoolfordSubstituted forScougallat 55'minutes
  • 14DoneSubstituted forFlynnat 84'minutes
  • 18SammonSubstituted forSharpat 65'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 10Sharp
  • 16Scougall
  • 22Reed
  • 30Wallace
  • 32McGahey

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18RickettsBooked at 90mins
  • 21Martin
  • 15TurnerBooked at 45mins
  • 3Stokes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forColeat 61'minutes
  • 4VincelotSubstituted forFortunéat 81'minutes
  • 7FleckBooked at 89mins
  • 25Murphy
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forKentat 70'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 14Cole
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 32Fortuné
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
18,074

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home22
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 0.

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Chris Stokes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Chris Stokes (Coventry City).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Booking

John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Matt Done.

Booking

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Hammond (Sheffield United).

Ryan Kent (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Romain Vincelot.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Coutts with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John Brayford.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Kent (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Aaron Martin (Coventry City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John Brayford.

Attempt missed. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Aaron Martin (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Ruben Lameiras.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton21142527161144
2Coventry21116438221639
3Walsall20116335191639
4Gillingham21115539281138
5Peterborough21104747321534
6Wigan219752920934
7Bury219663230233
8Millwall209473128331
9Southend208752522331
10Bradford208752220231
11Sheff Utd218673330330
12Port Vale218672724330
13Rochdale217682525027
14Scunthorpe2183102528-327
15Doncaster217682328-527
16Swindon2174103135-425
17Chesterfield2172122536-1123
18Shrewsbury2164112732-522
19Blackpool2164111728-1122
20Fleetwood2063112729-221
21Barnsley2163122836-821
22Colchester2155113252-2020
23Oldham2031072232-1019
24Crewe2154122136-1519
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