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Sheffield United 3-2 Doncaster Rovers

Steven Davies
Davies has now scored two goals in two games for the Blades, having gone six games without finding the net

Sheffield United strengthened their League One play-off chances as Steven Davies's second-half strike earned victory in a thrilling south Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers.

Kyle Bennett found the top corner to put Rovers ahead before Jose Baxter levelled from the penalty spot.

Matt Done's flicked effort put the Blades ahead but Bennett smashed home a stunning 25-yard strike to make it 2-2.

However a superb curled strike from Davies earned the hosts their victory.

The visitors did have chances late on, notably when Richie Wellens saw a shot cleared off the line, but they were unable to equalise and are now 10 points off the play-off positions.

United stay fifth with five games still to play, but they are eight points clear of Rochdale, who have six games remaining.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Howard
  • 26Freeman
  • 6Basham
  • 5Brayford
  • 3HarrisSubstituted forMcEveleyat 28'minutes
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forAlcockat 76'minutes
  • 35Holt
  • 18Coutts
  • 14Done
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forDoyleat 63'minutes
  • 32Davies

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 8Doyle
  • 12McNulty
  • 19McEveley
  • 22Reed
  • 24Turner
  • 29Adams

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 43Bywater
  • 22Wabara
  • 6McCombe
  • 16Butler
  • 17Stevens
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forForresterat 81'minutes
  • 19WellensBooked at 45mins
  • 4Furman
  • 23Bennett
  • 11Main
  • 14TysonSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Evina
  • 5Jones
  • 7Clarke-Harris
  • 8Razak
  • 10Forrester
  • 13Marosi
  • 37Mandeville
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
20,487

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Doncaster Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Doncaster Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Mark Howard.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Jason Holt (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Sheffield United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Sheffield United).

  12. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by John Brayford.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Forrester replaces James Coppinger.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Nathan Tyson.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Craig Alcock replaces Ryan Flynn.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by John Brayford.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Tyson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield United 3, Doncaster Rovers 2. Steve Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Brayford.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City412610579354488
2Preston402311668333580
3MK Dons40229981404175
4Swindon392171165452070
5Sheff Utd4119101261471467
6Chesterfield41189146051963
7Rochdale401851766521459
8Fleetwood411611144544159
9Bradford401512135146557
10Peterborough41176184649-357
11Barnsley41168175457-356
12Doncaster401411155054-453
13Oldham411411165061-1153
14Gillingham411313155761-452
15Walsall401115143642-648
16Port Vale41146214959-1048
17Coventry411114164455-1147
18Scunthorpe401211175264-1247
19Crawley411211184666-2047
20Leyton Orient401210185457-346
21Crewe41137213770-3346
22Notts County401112173952-1345
23Colchester40128205165-1444
24Yeovil4189243167-3633
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