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Sheffield United 2-0 Yeovil Town

Goals from Marc McNulty and Jamie Murphy moved Sheffield United into the League One play-off places with victory over Yeovil Town.

McNulty bundled home from close range to put the hosts ahead in the first half, after Artur Krysiak failed to hold Louis Reed's shot.

Teenager Reed sent Murphy scampering through to wrap up the points.

Yeovil, who beat the Blades in the League One play-off semi-finals in 2013, went close through James Hayter.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Clough on Sheffield United v Yeovil

"It was a good, solid, professional performance again. (Goalkeeper) Mark Howard has been rarely troubled which, considering the two first-choice centre-halves are out, is extremely pleasing.

"We weren't sparkling at times, probably didn't play as well as we did against Leyton Orient, but we did look more professional tonight, restricted them to very few opportunities and kept our concentration right to the end.

"Jose (Baxter) was carrying a knock and had he been fit, he probably would have started. I don't think Marc (McNulty) played particularly well, particularly in the first 10 or 15 minutes.

"Then he gets his poacher's goal, which is what he's in the team for, but he needs to improve on his all-round game."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

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Johnson on Sheffield United v Yeovil

"You're going to get games where you get beaten 2-0 by a team with the quality that they've got.

"But we had two or three that didn't turn up and that's what disappoints us.

"They showed a bit of power and pace. We've got to keep the ball better and we couldn't.

"We just couldn't get a foot-hold in the game. Some of them have got to look at themselves and see if they can have an effect at this level."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 2Alcock
  • 6Basham
  • 17McGahey
  • 3Harris
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forFlynnat 62'minutes
  • 22Reed
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Murphy
  • 10ScougallSubstituted forBaxterat 72'minutes
  • 12McNultySubstituted forHigdonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Flynn
  • 11Baxter
  • 14McGinn
  • 16Davies
  • 21Higdon
  • 24Turner
  • 27Kennedy

Yeovil

  • 12Krysiak
  • 15Ofori-Twumasi
  • 24Inniss
  • 20Nugent
  • 16RalphSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 17GrantBooked at 38minsSubstituted forDawsonat 45'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 23Gillett
  • 19Davis
  • 25Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 9HayterSubstituted forFoleyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 2Moloney
  • 3Smith
  • 5Martin
  • 7Dawson
  • 11Foley
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
19,353

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Louis Reed (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Yeovil Town).

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

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town).

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

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

Foul by Michael Higdon (Sheffield United).

Ryan Inniss (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Nathan Smith replaces Nathan Ralph.

Attempt missed. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Jose Baxter.

Louis Reed (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town).

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Foley replaces James Hayter.

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Stefan Scougall.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Yeovil Town 0. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Louis Reed.

Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Michael Higdon replaces Marc McNulty.

Booking

Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

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

Foul by Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town).

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1495030151532
2Peterborough148242214826
3Preston1274123111225
4MK Dons1272327151223
5Notts County136522012823
6Sheff Utd137242118323
7Swindon1264225151022
8Oldham145722116522
9Rochdale136252315820
10Chesterfield135442320319
11Fleetwood145451513219
12Bradford145451818019
13Crawley145271323-1017
14Colchester144461920-116
15Leyton Orient133641515015
16Barnsley134362022-215
17Doncaster124261220-814
18Port Vale143471723-613
19Gillingham143471320-713
20Coventry143471523-813
21Yeovil143471223-1113
22Crewe144191230-1813
23Walsall142661115-412
24Scunthorpe143381728-1112
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