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Sheffield United 1-2 Bristol City

Wade Elliott
Elliott finished last season on loan at Bristol City before joining on a one-year deal in the summer

Wade Elliott's second-half strike gave Bristol City all three points at fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield United.

The visitors took the lead when Mark Little's bright run ended with a fine cross to fellow debutant Aaron Wilbraham, who headed in his first league goal in over two years.

Ben Davies' free-kick was met by new Blades skipper Michael Higdon's head, to bring the game level at the break.

But Elliott hammered home from Wilbraham's flick to win it for City.

The former Birmingham and Burnley midfielder has now scored four goals in his last eight league games.

His 72nd-minute strike earned the Robins their first win at Bramall Lane since 1957.

The Blades were 23rd in the league in early February but ended last season with just one defeat in their final ten league games and have since been widely-tipped for promotion this season.

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Pleased with the performance generally but disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

"First half we had a lot of good stuff and created a lot of chances but didn't take them unfortunately and conceded very poor goals.

"No matter how well you play, if you want to do well, you can't concede like that.

"I was really pleased with Michael Higdon's performance. You can see what he is going to give us."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I thought the players were great today. I'm really, really pleased.

"It's a tough venue to come and Sheffield United are a fantastic club.

"One thing is for sure, they'll be up there this season. They have a strong squad and fantastic backing behind them.

"It's a good one for us to get out of the way and a great three points."


Sheff Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Howard
  • 16DaviesBooked at 77mins
  • 2Alcock
  • 17McGahey
  • 3Harris
  • 10ScougallSubstituted forMcNultyat 76'minutes
  • 6BashamSubstituted forBaxterat 86'minutes
  • 22Reed
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forCampbell-Ryceat 64'minutes
  • 21Higdon
  • 9MurphyBooked at 51mins


  • 8Doyle
  • 11Baxter
  • 12McNulty
  • 13Willis
  • 15Collins
  • 18Porter
  • 20Campbell-Ryce

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2LittleBooked at 48mins
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forWagstaffat 89'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forPackat 77'minutes
  • 17Cunningham
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 90+2'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham


  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 20Burns
  • 21Pack
  • 23Bryan
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Bristol City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Bristol City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United).

  5. Post update

    Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Sam Baldock.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Wade Elliott.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Chris Basham.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Harris with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

  15. Post update

    Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

    Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamal Campbell-Ryce with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Louis Reed.