League One
Sheff Utd3Crewe2

Sheffield United 3-2 Crewe Alexandra

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp has scored in 17 of his 40 appearances for the Blades since rejoining them this season

Billy Sharp scored a late winner as Sheffield United resisted a spirited fightback by a Crewe Alexandra side who drop to the bottom of League One.

Che Adams put the Blades in front at the break with a close-range effort and Ryan Flynn's hooked shot made it 2-0.

David Fox's long-range drive gave Crewe hope, before Harry Davis swept home Callum Ainley's cross to draw level.

Sharp then struck his 17th League One goal of the season to help United secure a third consecutive victory.

Crewe, who have won just once in 17 matches, return to the bottom and are now nine points adrift of safety with eight games left.

The Blades climb a place to 11th, within four points of the play-off places.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 6Basham
  • 32McGahey
  • 19McEveley
  • 5Brayford
  • 8CouttsSubstituted forReedat 80'minutes
  • 35HammondSubstituted forWhitemanat 69'minutes
  • 7Flynn
  • 14Done
  • 29AdamsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 18Sammon
  • 22Reed
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
  • 36Whiteman
  • 37Kelly
  • 38Brooks

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 4Davis
  • 6NugentSubstituted forBinghamat 45'minutes
  • 3GuthrieBooked at 58mins
  • 2Turton
  • 15Fox
  • 31Kirk
  • 20JonesSubstituted forAinleyat 75'minutes
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 10Inman
  • 36HitchcockSubstituted forDalla Valleat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 8Atkinson
  • 11Cooper
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 25Ainley
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
18,539

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Booking

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Fox (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matt Done.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matt Done.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Crewe Alexandra 2. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Louis Reed.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt saved. Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Attempt missed. David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 2. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Ainley with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Paul Coutts because of an injury.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces James Jones.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United).

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Benjamin Whiteman replaces Dean Hammond.

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

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 1. David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Jones.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by John Brayford.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Lauri Dalla Valle replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton37235950311974
2Wigan381914564352971
3Walsall371911757381968
4Gillingham371891064442063
5Millwall371881158431562
6Barnsley381851559481159
7Bradford371610114338558
8Rochdale38169135549657
9Coventry3815111259431656
10Port Vale391511134546-156
11Sheff Utd381510135550555
12Southend381510135049155
13Scunthorpe381411134343053
14Peterborough38156176561451
15Swindon37148155657-150
16Bury381311144861-1350
17Shrewsbury381210164757-1046
18Chesterfield37126194859-1142
19Fleetwood371010174348-540
20Blackpool39109203650-1439
21Oldham36716133650-1437
22Doncaster38910193955-1637
23Colchester38710215087-3731
24Crewe38612204068-2830
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