League One
Sheff Utd1Northampton0

Sheffield United 1-0 Northampton Town

Kieron Freeman
Kieron Freeman has scored four goals for Sheffield United this season

Kieron Freeman's late strike was enough for a patient Sheffield United to beat Northampton and go top of League One.

The hosts had the bulk of the ball and pressure, coming close when Billy Sharp struck the post from close range.

The game otherwise lacked clear-cut chances, though Cobblers midfielder Matt Taylor saw his long-range free-kick superbly saved by Simon Moore.

With frustration kicking in the ball fell nicely for Freeman, who smashed in from six yards to give United victory.

Blades boss Chris Wilder was facing his old club for the first time since leaving Northampton in May, and has led his new team to four wins in a row.

Rob Page's mid-table side defended valiantly throughout, but have now lost five of their past seven league matches.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 5O'Connell
  • 6BashamSubstituted forScougallat 70'minutes
  • 19Ebanks-LandellBooked at 34mins
  • 18Freeman
  • 4FleckBooked at 70mins
  • 21Duffy
  • 15Coutts
  • 24LaffertySubstituted forDoneat 81'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 27ClarkeSubstituted forLaveryat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Scougall
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 12Ramsdale
  • 13Wright
  • 14Brown
  • 22Reed

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18Phillips
  • 6Zakuani
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forIaciofanoat 90+2'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31Taylor
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forPotterat 72'minutes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forBeautymanat 87'minutes
  • 10Revell

Substitutes

  • 5Diamond
  • 11Gorré
  • 12McCourt
  • 15Potter
  • 16Beautyman
  • 23Iaciofano
  • 26Cornell
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
24,194

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Northampton Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Joe Iaciofano replaces Sam Hoskins.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Northampton Town 0. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aaron Phillips.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Beautyman replaces Marc Richards.

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Simon Moore.

Attempt saved. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matt Done replaces Daniel Lafferty.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Foul by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Paul Anderson.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Chris Basham.

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces Leon Clarke.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Northampton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Northampton Town 0.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd24155443232050
2Bolton24154532151749
3Scunthorpe24146447222548
4Rochdale2413383830842
5Bradford2491232920939
6Southend2410863529638
7Peterborough23107637251237
8Fleetwood2410773528737
9Millwall2411493937237
10Bristol Rovers2410683940-136
11Wimbledon248883430432
12Charlton2471162925432
13Oxford Utd248792828031
14Walsall2471072631-531
15Northampton2486103434030
16Gillingham2486103239-730
17Port Vale2486102737-1030
18MK Dons2476112934-527
19Swindon2466122438-1424
20Bury2464143346-1322
21Shrewsbury2456132438-1421
22Chesterfield2463152743-1621
23Coventry2448122135-1420
24Oldham2339111227-1518
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