League One
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Sheffield United 3-0 Oldham Athletic

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp has scored 16 goals for Sheffield United this season

Sheffield United eased to victory with a fine display against League One relegation strugglers Oldham Athletic.

The hosts took the lead when John Brayford volleyed home from the edge of the box before Ryan Flynn doubled the Blades' lead with a fine solo effort.

Curtis Main forced Blades keeper George Long into a fine save and then nearly scored with a shot that hit the bar.

The hosts wrapped up three points when Brayford played in Billy Sharp who fired a powerful effort home.

The Blades, who this week released defender Neill Collins so that he could join US side Tampa Bay Rowdies, remain in 11th place in the League One table and are now six points off the play-off places.

Oldham, meanwhile, lie in 22nd place, three points off safety but with two games in hand on their relegation rivals.

Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Sheridan on Sheffield United v Oldham

"We were flat. It's probably the flattest we've been since I came here. But I felt really good before the game because we've trained really well.

""I don't want to be on a downer too much. We've lost a game of football.

"We didn't deserve anything from it. It's a disappointing performance but hopefully it's a one-off."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 5Brayford
  • 21Baptiste
  • 34Edgar
  • 19McEveley
  • 7Flynn
  • 35HammondSubstituted forReedat 71'minutes
  • 36WhitemanBooked at 63minsSubstituted forCouttsat 76'minutes
  • 29AdamsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 65'minutes
  • 14Done
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 8Coutts
  • 18Sammon
  • 22Reed
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
  • 32McGahey
  • 37Kelly

Oldham

  • 1Coleman
  • 5Wilson
  • 16Gerrard
  • 4Dieng
  • 3Mills
  • 12Palmer
  • 36DummiganSubstituted forMainat 45'minutes
  • 8JonesSubstituted forWilsonat 59'minutes
  • 11Forte
  • 15Winchester
  • 10HollowaySubstituted forThieleat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Brown
  • 6Kelly
  • 7Croft
  • 13Cornell
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Main
  • 30Thiele
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
18,334

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Oldham Athletic 0.

Attempt saved. Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by David Edgar.

Matthew Palmer (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Curtis Main (Oldham Athletic).

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Sheffield United).

Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Oldham Athletic 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by John Brayford with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Benjamin Whiteman because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Dean Hammond.

Curtis Main (Oldham Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Che Adams.

Booking

Benjamin Whiteman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Benjamin Whiteman (Sheffield United).

Carl Winchester (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Timmy Thiele replaces Aaron Holloway.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Brian Wilson replaces Michael Jones.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Dean Hammond (Sheffield United).

Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

Jonathan Forte (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Edgar (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

David Edgar (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Holloway (Oldham Athletic).

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 2, Oldham Athletic 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton36225946311571
2Wigan361714559342565
3Gillingham361881063432062
4Walsall351711754371762
5Millwall361781157431459
6Bradford361610104337658
7Coventry3615101158401855
8Barnsley36174155748955
9Port Vale371510124441355
10Southend36159124844454
11Sheff Utd361410125247552
12Rochdale36149134846251
13Scunthorpe36149134242051
14Swindon35147145553249
15Bury36139144558-1348
16Peterborough36136176059145
17Shrewsbury36128164454-1044
18Chesterfield36125194758-1141
19Fleetwood351010154345-240
20Doncaster36910173749-1237
21Blackpool3698193347-1435
22Oldham34616123347-1434
23Crewe36612183763-2630
24Colchester36610204584-3928
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