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Sheffield United 2-1 Charlton Athletic

League One champions-elect Sheffield United moved another step closer to a return to the Championship with victory over Charlton.

Goals from Jack O'Connell and Daniel Lafferty saw the Blades come from behind to stretch their unbeaten run to nine games and extend their lead over third-placed Fleetwood to 10 points.

They had to do it the hard way after Charlton took a third-minute lead, when Ricky Holmes curled a superb 25-yard free-kick over the wall and past Simon Moore.

It was reward for an electric start by the Addicks and it was almost two minutes later when Tony Watt's overhead kick hit the crossbar and bounced clear.

The Blades finally settled and wiped out their deficit in the 14th minute when defender O'Connell headed home Mark Duffy's delicious delivery.

And they took the lead just three minutes after the restart when Lafferty converted at the second attempt following Declan Rudd's save from an initial header.

Chris Wilder's side had chances to make it more comfortable in the second half, but Samir Carruthers shot into the side-netting and Chris Basham headed just over.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 5O'Connell
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 6Basham
  • 18Freeman
  • 4Fleck
  • 15CouttsSubstituted forO'Sheaat 85'minutes
  • 24Lafferty
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 63'minutes
  • 16HansonSubstituted forLaveryat 73'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 13Wright
  • 26O'Shea
  • 32Chapman
  • 44Carruthers

Charlton

  • 1Rudd
  • 21Byrne
  • 15Konsa
  • 5Bauer
  • 50Teixeira
  • 3ChicksenSubstituted forDasilvaat 84'minutes
  • 11Holmes
  • 19Forster-CaskeySubstituted forCroftsat 74'minutes
  • 17UlvestadSubstituted forBotakaat 80'minutes
  • 30Novak
  • 7Watt

Substitutes

  • 4Jackson
  • 8Crofts
  • 13Phillips
  • 14Botaka
  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 28Hanlan
  • 36Dasilva
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
23,308

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home2
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Charlton Athletic).

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jay O'Shea replaces Paul Coutts.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jay Dasilva replaces Adam Chicksen.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jordan Botaka replaces Fredrik Ulvestad.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andrew Crofts replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces James Hanson.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic).

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

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic).

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Nathan Byrne (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Fredrik Ulvestad (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd38239673433078
2Bolton37209856322469
3Fleetwood381911855361968
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3816121058471160
7Millwall36161195041959
8Bristol Rovers391512125858057
9Oxford Utd37167144942755
10Rochdale36158135551453
11Walsall391314124749-253
12Peterborough391410155454052
13Wimbledon381215114946351
14Northampton39147185763-649
15Charlton391017124946347
16MK Dons381211154849-147
17Bury39129185764-745
18Gillingham391112165167-1645
19Oldham391014152638-1244
20Shrewsbury381110174153-1243
21Port Vale361011154157-1641
22Swindon3999214059-1936
23Chesterfield3989223763-2633
24Coventry38511223059-2926
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