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Sheffield United 2-0 Coventry City

Sheffield United celebrate
Sheffield United will be promoted if they beat Northampton on Saturday

Leaders Sheffield United defeated bottom club Coventry City but were made to wait for promotion from League One.

The Blades would have secured a top-two finish with a victory over the Sky Blues if Fleetwood had lost at Oxford.

However, Fleetwood's 3-1 win means the Blades still need three more points and Chris Wilder's side will go up if they win at Northampton Town on Saturday.

Leon Clarke and John Fleck, both former Coventry players, scored to send their old club closer to relegation.

Three days on from winning the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley, Coventry could not extend their three-game winning run in all competitions and they will drop into the fourth tier for the first time since 1959 if they lose at home to Peterborough on Saturday.

Striker Clarke turned in Fleck's cross to open the scoring with 20 minutes remaining, and midfielder Fleck's solo effort made the game safe.

Wilder will return to Northampton, the club he left to take charge of Sheffield United in May 2016, for the first time on Saturday and an away win will be enough for the Blades end their six-year absence from the second tier.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 13WrightSubstituted forL Clarkeat 52'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 15Coutts
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 52'minutes
  • 4FleckBooked at 85mins
  • 24Lafferty
  • 10SharpSubstituted forO'Sheaat 79'minutes
  • 16Hanson

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 11Done
  • 20J Wilson
  • 26O'Shea
  • 27L Clarke
  • 32Chapman
  • 44Carruthers

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisSubstituted forStevensonat 45'minutes
  • 7N Clarke
  • 4Turnbull
  • 3Stokes
  • 21Foley
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 36mins
  • 10Jones
  • 24HaynesSubstituted forG Thomasat 79'minutes
  • 8Lameiras
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 16Beavon
  • 17Folivi
  • 19Rawson
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 27G Thomas
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 31Stevenson
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
24,334

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 0.

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United).

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jay O'Shea replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. George Thomas replaces Ryan Haynes.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 0. John Fleck (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John Fleck.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 0. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Fleck.

Foul by James Hanson (Sheffield United).

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Hanson (Sheffield United).

Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kevin Foley.

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

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces Jake M Wright.

Attempt missed. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Coventry City 0.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 5th April 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd412510678443485
2Bolton412310863342979
3Fleetwood412012958382072
4Bradford411718655391669
5Scunthorpe4119101270511967
6Southend4118121163481566
7Millwall411812115849966
8Rochdale411710146659761
9Bristol Rovers411612136059160
10Oxford Utd41178165750759
11Peterborough411610155754358
12MK Dons411412155351254
13Wimbledon411315135251154
14Walsall401314134750-353
15Northampton41149185864-651
16Charlton411017144950-147
17Bury411210195869-1146
18Oldham411015162742-1545
19Gillingham411112185371-1845
20Port Vale401112174462-1845
21Shrewsbury411110204259-1743
22Swindon41119214259-1742
23Chesterfield41810233866-2834
24Coventry41711233362-2932
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