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Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Billy Sharp netted twice as Sheffield United beat Bolton to move clear at the top of League One.

Sharp took his goal tally to 23 for the season to give United a commanding seven-point advantage over Fleetwood and Scunthorpe.

The defeat for Bolton leaves them in fourth and without an away win since late November.

The home side created more chances in the game and skipper David Wheater was called into action early on when he headed Jake Wright's volley off the line.

Shortly after, though, his defensive partner Mark Beevers let John Fleck's through ball to Sharp go under his foot and the striker slotted past goalkeeper Mark Howard.

Second-half substitute Samir Carruthers combined well down the right-hand side with Kieron Freeman to break into the area, before Beevers brought down Carruthers in the area as he turned inside.

Sharp slotted home the penalty as the Blades earned their first win over the Trotters since 2008.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 13Wright
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 63'minutes
  • 15Coutts
  • 4FleckBooked at 33mins
  • 24Lafferty
  • 10SharpSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 90+4'minutes
  • 16HansonSubstituted forLaveryat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 20Wilson
  • 26O'Shea
  • 44Carruthers

Bolton

  • 33Howard
  • 15DerikBooked at 79mins
  • 31WheaterBooked at 69mins
  • 5Beevers
  • 24Henry
  • 22Morais
  • 6Vela
  • 32ThorpeSubstituted forDerviteat 44'minutes
  • 3Moxey
  • 45Le FondreSubstituted forLongat 62'minutes
  • 35WilkinsonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forClaytonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dervite
  • 11Solomon-Otabor
  • 12Long
  • 13Alnwick
  • 17Trotter
  • 19Clayton
  • 25Wabara
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
27,165

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces Billy Sharp.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Wheater.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces James Hanson.

Attempt blocked. Max Clayton (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

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

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Wheater.

Booking

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

James Hanson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

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

Foul by Max Clayton (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Wheater.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Max Clayton replaces Conor Wilkinson.

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Long replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. James Hanson (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd34208661352668
2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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