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Oxford Utd2Sheff Utd3

Oxford United 2-3 Sheffield United

Billy Sharp struck his 25th and 26th goals of the season as League One leaders Sheffield United stormed back to beat Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Sharp turned smartly to fire home an equaliser, with the aid of a deflection, from a corner on 55 minutes.

Kieron Freeman then finished beautifully with a calm side-footed shot from 12 yards into the far corner to put Blades in front on 72 minutes.

And five minutes later, Sharp completed his double by blasting home a penalty, straight down the middle, after Freeman was tripped by Marvin Johnson.

It was an impressive comeback by Chris Wilder's team, after his old club Oxford had gone in front in the 22nd minute.

That came when centre-half Chey Dunkley headed home Chris Maguire's powerfully driven corner at the near post while Blades defender Jake Wright was off the pitch with a head injury.

Wright was unable to play on, making it an unhappy return for the 30-year-old who had made more than 270 appearances for the U's.

Toni Martinez made it 3-2 with a low angled drive in stoppage time, but the play-off chasing home team had no time to draw level.

Dunkley was Oxford's most threatening player, and twice went close apart from his goal, as he stabbed Johnson's cross over the bar from six yards, and later fired into the side-netting.

Kane Hemmings passed up a good opportunity in a crowded six-yard box, taking too long over his shot, when the match was evenly poised.

But Sheffield United ultimately showed their class as they extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5NelsonBooked at 76mins
  • 28Johnson
  • 10Maguire
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23LedsonBooked at 37minsSubstituted forRothwellat 64'minutes
  • 19HallSubstituted forSercombeat 80'minutes
  • 11McAleny
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forMartínezat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 7Martínez
  • 8Sercombe
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 25Raglan
  • 34Stevens

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 13WrightBooked at 16minsSubstituted forCarruthersat 26'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 15CouttsBooked at 74mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 24Lafferty
  • 10SharpBooked at 81mins
  • 16HansonSubstituted forLaveryat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 7McNulty
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 20J Wilson
  • 26O'Shea
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
8,965

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 2, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Sheffield United 3.

Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United).

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Oxford United).

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 2, Sheffield United 3. Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Attempt blocked. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Antonio Martínez replaces Kane Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Liam Sercombe replaces Robert Hall.

Booking

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Sheffield United 3. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Sheffield United. Kieron Freeman draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Sheffield United 2. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United).

Attempt blocked. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Rothwell replaces Ryan Ledson.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United).

Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Paul Coutts.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe361710961402161
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Walsall361313104444052
9Bristol Rovers361312115454051
10Peterborough36148144948150
11Oxford Utd34147134438649
12Rochdale33147124846249
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14Charlton361015114642445
15MK Dons351110144545043
16Northampton36127175360-743
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3687213257-2531
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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