League One
Sheff UtdSheffield United0WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers2
James Henry

Wolves dampened Sheffield United's 125th anniversary celebrations to move closer to a return to the Championship.

Carl Ikeme saved well from Blades' Stefan Scougall before James Henry's cross eluded team-mate Dave Edwards and United keeper Mark Howard to go in.

Henry struck a post and at the other end Richard Stearman cleared off the line from John Brayford.

And after the break Henry was central for Wolves' second, crossing for Edwards who this time got a touch.

Jose Baxter fired into the side netting as Blades attempted to respond, but Leon Clarke squandered a chance to make it 3-0 when through one-on-one.

The result, which ends an 11-game unbeaten run and a sequence of eight games without conceding for Nigel Clough's men, failed to completely take the edge off the party atmosphere at Bramall Lane, as the club marked their 125th birthday by parading more than 50 former players across the pitch before kick-off.

But Wolves, themselves undefeated in 10 matches until a midweek loss to Crawley, guaranteed they will finish the weekend as League One leaders.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We said it would be a good measure of how far we've come - there was not a lot in it. They took the couple of chances that they got, and we didn't today.

"I thought when we settled down we had the better of it. We got on the front foot, and we looked dangerous.

"It's good that the players are so disappointed. If you're going to lose your unbeaten run, you might as well lose it to the team top of the league."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"It was a fantastic win, I felt that we needed to make some changes and we needed some fresh energy in the team.

"It was a system we've worked hard at. I do have confidence in the players coming in. They know their roles and it's a big game to come in for.

"As the game wore on I felt we handled them better and better, some of their football was very very good, as was ours.

"We've been up and down the country, two tough away games this week, the side needed to change and we needed fresh energy."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 28FreemanSubstituted forPaynterat 88'minutes
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forDaviesat 62'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forPorterat 66'minutes
  • 21Scougall
  • 23Murphy

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 14McGinn
  • 18Paynter
  • 22Davies
  • 25Long
  • 29Khan
  • 42Dimaio

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 2DohertyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forRickettsat 75'minutes
  • 26Golbourne
  • 14EvansBooked at 59minsSubstituted forPriceat 62'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 5StearmanBooked at 90mins
  • 6BatthBooked at 30mins
  • 7Henry
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 78mins
  • 9Clarke
  • 4Edwards
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forSakoat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elokobi
  • 10Sako
  • 18Ricketts
  • 19Price
  • 20McAlinden
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Dicko
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
21,659

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home3
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako replaces Michael Jacobs.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Kieran Freeman.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sam Ricketts replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Henry.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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