League One
Sheff Utd1Port Vale0

Sheffield United 1-0 Port Vale

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp scored his 15th goal of the season in the victory over Port Vale

Sheffield United climbed to within four points of the League One play-off places with victory over Port Vale.

Che Adams almost opened the scoring after beating Vale's defence, but was foiled by goalkeeper Chris Neal.

Vale's Anthony Grant tested George Long with a curler, but Billy Sharp broke the deadlock for the Blades with a half-volley from a Dean Hammond cross.

Sharp was a persistent threat to the Vale backline, but wasted two chances to add to his earlier strike.

Former Blades defender Rob Page's Vale, who slip to 11th, had lost just once in six games prior to his return to Bramall Lane.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"You are never happy with a defeat. Of course, we are gutted. But it is the level of performance that we set. We have played much, much better than that.

"We haven't given a good account of ourselves today against a team that were there for the taking. Our passing was awful at times. We didn't make it too hard for them.

"I can't fault the effort in the last 20 minutes . I thought we had a right go at them, but I am really disappointed. I thought we fell below the standards we have set."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 5Brayford
  • 34Edgar
  • 6BashamBooked at 41mins
  • 19McEveley
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forCouttsat 83'minutes
  • 22Reed
  • 35HammondBooked at 30minsSubstituted forCuvelierat 66'minutes
  • 17WoolfordBooked at 73mins
  • 29AdamsSubstituted forDoneat 80'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 8Coutts
  • 14Done
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
  • 32McGahey
  • 33Cuvelier

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivernBooked at 89mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 19MooreSubstituted forKellyat 62'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 42Grant
  • 11Foley
  • 9Kennedy
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forDoddsat 75'minutes
  • 25RobinsonSubstituted forHooperat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Streete
  • 8O'Connor
  • 10Dodds
  • 15Hooper
  • 17Brown
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Boot
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
18,276

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Martyn Woolford.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Martyn Woolford.

Attempt missed. Louis Reed (Sheffield United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Booking

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Louis Reed.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Edgar.

Attempt blocked. Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matt Done replaces Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Booking

Martyn Woolford (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Sheffield United).

Matthew Kennedy (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Sam Kelly (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Louis Reed (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Kelly (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Sheffield United).

Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Florent Cuvelier replaces Dean Hammond.

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by John Brayford.

Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by JJ Hooper (Port Vale).

Foul by Dean Hammond (Sheffield United).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton30203741241763
2Wigan321611552302259
3Gillingham32177858391958
4Walsall31169649331657
5Millwall321651151401153
6Coventry311410755332252
7Sheff Utd32139104742548
8Bradford3113993734348
9Southend31138104138347
10Barnsley31143145044645
11Port Vale33129123537-245
12Peterborough31135135448644
13Scunthorpe31135133739-244
14Bury31127124251-943
15Swindon32126144950-142
16Rochdale31109124144-339
17Doncaster3199133541-636
18Blackpool3297163241-934
19Chesterfield32104184252-1034
20Fleetwood3089133638-233
21Shrewsbury3196163751-1433
22Oldham30514112941-1229
23Crewe32610163456-2228
24Colchester3258194078-3823
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