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Sheffield United 2-0 Swindon Town

Jamie Murphy
Jamie Murphy was brought on at half-time and earned Sheffield United three points

Substitute Jamie Murphy's second-half double moved Sheffield United into the play-off places and toppled Swindon from top spot in League One.

Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes because of congestion outside at Bramall Lane and the game proved to be a fierce affair with nine yellow cards.

Murphy, who signed a contract extension with the Blades before the match, swept home the opener from inside the area.

And he made it 2-0 when he chipped over goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Murphy broke down field and netted his second after Swindon had a penalty shout waved away following a trip on defender Jordan Turnbull.

Mark Cooper's side, playing for the first time in two weeks, were replaced at the top of the standings by MK Dons, while Sheffield United moved up to sixth.

Swindon had their chances to get on the score sheet, but Jon Obika saw his shot palmed away by keeper Iain Turner and John Swift then fired over the bar, while Louis Thompson blazed over from 30 yards.

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Nigel Clough: Sheffield United manager on Swindon win

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"They were a little bit rusty at times, one or two of them haven't played an awful lot.

"But they got through the game and we just about deserved it.

"Both different goals, but the desire of Jamie to run ,and really sprint, to get in the box on both of them."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Sheffield Utd v Swindon

"You can't have that many chances and create that much opportunities and not score, and then expect to win the game.

"We just need to be calm and roll the ball into the goal.

"Frustrating I think is the word. On another day we could be three or four up at half-time.

"Full credit to Sheffield United, they've done a job on us."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 24Turner
  • 5Brayford
  • 6Basham
  • 27KennedyBooked at 8mins
  • 26Freeman
  • 16Davies
  • 22Reed
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forScougallat 60'minutes
  • 18CouttsSubstituted forBaxterat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 21HigdonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMurphyat 43'minutes
  • 29Adams

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Murphy
  • 10Scougall
  • 11Baxter
  • 12McNulty
  • 25Long

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Rossi BrancoBooked at 29mins
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 68mins
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 12mins
  • 3ByrneBooked at 81mins
  • 14SwiftBooked at 31mins
  • 19Thompson
  • 5Stephens
  • 15ToffoloBooked at 64mins
  • 10WilliamsSubstituted forHyltonat 82'minutes
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 32Marshall
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
19,490

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Swindon Town 0.

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Swindon Town 0. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Terry Kennedy.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine Hylton (Swindon Town).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Kieron Freeman.

Attempt blocked. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jermaine Hylton replaces Andy Williams.

Booking

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

Booking

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Paul Coutts.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Swindon Town 0. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Louis Reed with a cross.

Attempt missed. Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

Che Adams (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Michael Smith replaces Jonathan Obika.

Attempt saved. Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Kieran Wallace.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town).

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1MK Dons27167459253455
2Bristol City25166348222654
3Swindon27166552272554
4Preston27138641281347
5Chesterfield2710984136539
6Sheff Utd2511683228439
7Rochdale261151047351238
8Bradford2610793330337
9Fleetwood27107102726137
10Oldham2691073838037
11Peterborough27114123434037
12Doncaster269982831-336
13Notts County2798103034-435
14Port Vale28105133440-635
15Walsall268992628-233
16Scunthorpe2596103741-433
17Barnsley2695123639-332
18Gillingham2787123543-831
19Coventry28710112939-1031
20Crewe2785142549-2429
21Colchester2777133243-1128
22Crawley2869132647-2127
23Leyton Orient2768133543-826
24Yeovil2867152140-1925
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