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Sheffield United 2-0 Walsall

Chris Basham
Chris Basham's goal and assist puts the Blades eight points off the play-off places with six games remaining

Sheffield United kept their slim play-off hopes alive as they beat League One title-chasers Walsall.

Chris Basham gave the Blades the lead when he headed Matt Done's cross past Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

United quickly doubled their advantage through a superb Billy Sharp volley after good work from Basham.

Tom Bradshaw came closest for the Saddlers, but George Long was quickly off his line to smother as the Blades ended Walsall's three-game winning run.

Walsall are now nine points behind League One leaders Wigan, but have two games in hand, while Sheffield United are eight points off the play-offs with six games remaining.

Interim Walsall boss Jon Whitney told BBC WM 95.6:

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Whitney on Sheffield United v Walsall

"I'm a bit frustrated, but win or lose we don't over analyse straight after the game because emotions are quite raw so we always try and think a bit more logically.

"I can't fault our effort or our application. Of course there are decisions that we think we could have made better. Individually, we'll look at each goal as well.

"What we have to do now is make ourselves hard to beat next week and see if we can get the three points at Oldham."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 21BaptisteSubstituted forMcGaheyat 57'minutes
  • 34Edgar
  • 19McEveleyBooked at 84mins
  • 8Coutts
  • 6Basham
  • 35HammondBooked at 56mins
  • 7Flynn
  • 14DoneSubstituted forWoolfordat 88'minutes
  • 29AdamsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 17Woolford
  • 22Reed
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
  • 32McGahey
  • 36Whiteman
  • 37Kelly

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 6Downing
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 71mins
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 74'minutes
  • 2Demetriou
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 45'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 8MantomSubstituted forLalkovicat 75'minutes
  • 14Henry
  • 10Sawyers
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Lalkovic
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 22Kinsella
  • 31Hiwula-Mayifuila
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
19,214

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Walsall 0.

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Martyn Woolford.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Martyn Woolford replaces Matt Done.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Dean Hammond (Sheffield United).

Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay McEveley (Sheffield United).

Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Milan Lalkovic (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Milan Lalkovic replaces Sam Mantom.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Andy Taylor.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

Foul by Dean Hammond (Sheffield United).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Matthew Pennington (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dean Hammond.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan402114570363477
2Burton402371051341776
3Walsall381911857401768
4Gillingham3919101065442167
5Bradford401910114638867
6Millwall401991260441666
7Barnsley391951560481262
8Sheff Utd401610145853558
9Rochdale401610145752558
10Southend401610145352158
11Coventry4015121359441557
12Scunthorpe401511144944556
13Port Vale411511154751-456
14Peterborough39166176861754
15Swindon39149165764-751
16Bury401312154963-1451
17Chesterfield40137205262-1046
18Shrewsbury391210174862-1446
19Blackpool41129203950-1145
20Fleetwood391012174449-542
21Oldham38817133750-1341
22Doncaster40911204158-1738
23Colchester40811215187-3635
24Crewe40612224072-3230
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