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Sheffield United 3-1 Derby County

Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Derby
Billy Sharp's early strike was his third goal of the season and he added a fourth in injury-time

Billy Sharp grabbed a double as Sheffield United made it three wins from three home Championship games this season with an impressive display against Derby County.

Sharp's measured 20-yard shot after a rushed kick by keeper Scott Carson put the Blades ahead and Johnny Russell's own goal made it 2-0 by half-time.

Substitute Craig Bryson's injury-time header gave the Rams hope.

But with Carson upfield as Derby chased an equaliser, Sharp added a third.

Sharp's 98th-minute finish finally settled home nerves, but Derby were second best throughout, only managing one shot on target before Bryson's neat header from Bradley Johnson's cross.

The Rams had won their past two Championship fixtures - and three in league and cup - but failed to deal with United's high tempo and energy even before Sharp's fourth-minute goal.

Johnny Russell
Johnny Russell's own goal put the Blades in control

Matej Vydra shot narrowly over the bar before the break, but most of their efforts did not pose a serious threat.

The Blades, who move up to fifth, seven places above Derby, looked brighter throughout and Sharp could have sealed victory before the injury-time drama but his strike was well saved by Carson.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

"You want to marry a good performance with a decent result, and I believe we've had both today.

"This was our biggest test at home this season, against quality opposition and a quality manager, and I'm delighted that we've played well and won.

"We can say that we aren't here just to make the numbers up or be the whipping boys, and any team that plays us, especially here, is going to have to do a lot of things very, very well to get a result against us."

Derby County manager Gary Rowett:

"The first 20 minutes really summed up our problems. I spoke to the players about what to expect.

"We knew it was going to be a high-intensity game, the likes of Sheffield United are going to see teams like Derby and try and outwork them, outfight them and make it uncomfortable for them.

"You've got to match that intensity in any Championship game, but in particular away from home, and we didn't do that."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27BlackmanBooked at 90mins
  • 6Basham
  • 13Wright
  • 5O'ConnellBooked at 32mins
  • 18Freeman
  • 15CouttsBooked at 36mins
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 64'minutesSubstituted forLundstramat 81'minutes
  • 4FleckBooked at 89mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 10Sharp
  • 22LaverySubstituted forEvansat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 24Lafferty
  • 31Eastwood
  • 32Evans
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 14Wisdom
  • 6KeoghBooked at 89mins
  • 33Davies
  • 29Olsson
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 71mins
  • 7RussellSubstituted forLawrenceat 57'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 23Vydra
  • 19WeimannSubstituted forBrysonat 71'minutes
  • 28NugentSubstituted forMartinat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 9Martin
  • 10Lawrence
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 18Butterfield
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
26,202

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Enda Stevens following a fast break.

Foul by John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Offside, Sheffield United. John Lundstram tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Derby County 1. Craig Bryson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Keogh.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jake M Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Samir Carruthers because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Andreas Weimann.

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Andreas Weimann (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff5500102815
2Ipswich540196312
3Leeds532072511
4Wolves531174310
5Sheff Utd53025419
6Nottm Forest53028809
7Preston52212118
8Hull521212757
9Middlesbrough52124317
10QPR52126607
11Reading52125507
12Derby521257-27
13Bristol City51317616
14Fulham51314316
15Barnsley52037706
16Sheff Wed51314406
17Millwall51228625
18Aston Villa512279-25
19Sunderland512258-35
20Birmingham511336-34
21Burton511349-54
22Norwich5113612-64
23Brentford502359-42
24Bolton5023410-62
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