League One
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Bury 1-3 Sheffield United

Sheffield United went three points clear at the top of League One after coming from behind to win at lowly Bury.

The Shakers took a 12th-minute lead through Jacob Mellis, only for Billy Sharp to equalise nine minutes later with his 17th goal of the season.

Kelvin Etuhu's own goal put the Blades in front for the first time on 72 minutes before Kieron Freeman sealed a fifth straight win for the Blades, tapping in his second in two games with nine minutes left.

Mellis stunned the league leaders by pouncing on a loose ball to fire home from 20 yards.

But the visitors were soon level as Bury failed to clear John Fleck's inswinging free-kick and Sharp fired home on the turn from close range.

Caolan Lavery was then denied by home goalkeeper Ben Williams before Stefan Scougall and Fleck had shots blocked.

James Vaughan spurned a great chance to restore Bury's lead as he fired wide just after half-time.

And United gradually got on top before Lavery's low cross struck Etuhu and went into Bury's net.

Lavery was again the provider as he squared for Freeman to make it 15 league games without a win for Bury, who are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference only.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bury

  • 1Williams
  • 19SoaresBooked at 62mins
  • 6KayBooked at 52mins
  • 30Bedeau
  • 3Leigh
  • 37MackrethSubstituted forMillerat 79'minutes
  • 18MellisSubstituted forDannsat 65'minutes
  • 4EtuhuBooked at 35mins
  • 34StylesSubstituted forPopeat 79'minutes
  • 20Burgess
  • 12VaughanBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 11Pope
  • 15Dudley
  • 16Danns
  • 21Rachubka
  • 24Hope
  • 29Miller
  • 35Cooney

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 13Wright
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 8ScougallSubstituted forDuffyat 54'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 6Basham
  • 24LaffertySubstituted forCouttsat 80'minutes
  • 9Lavery
  • 10SharpSubstituted forDoneat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McNulty
  • 11Done
  • 12Ramsdale
  • 14Brown
  • 15Coutts
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Duffy
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
6,123

Match Stats

Home TeamBuryAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bury 1, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bury 1, Sheffield United 3.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bury).

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

George Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matt Done replaces Billy Sharp.

Foul by George Miller (Bury).

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scott Burgess (Bury) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Hand ball by Tom Pope (Bury).

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Bury) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Mark Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Scott Burgess (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jake Wright (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Vaughan (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Wright (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bury 1, Sheffield United 3. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Daniel Lafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. George Miller replaces Jack Mackreth.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Tom Pope replaces Callum Styles.

Jacob Bedeau (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Scott Burgess (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Own Goal by Kelvin Etuhu, Bury. Bury 1, Sheffield United 2.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jacob Bedeau.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jacob Bedeau.

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Bury).

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Neil Danns replaces Jacob Mellis.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Antony Kay (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Booking

Tom Soares (Bury) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Soares (Bury).

Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd25165446242253
2Bolton25155534171750
3Scunthorpe25147448232549
4Rochdale25143840301045
5Bradford251012331211042
6Fleetwood2511773628840
7Southend2510963529639
8Peterborough24108638261238
9Millwall2511594139238
10Bristol Rovers2510694044-436
11Charlton2581163326735
12Oxford Utd259792928134
13Wimbledon258983632433
14Walsall2571082633-731
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2586113536-130
17Gillingham2586113240-830
18MK Dons2577112934-528
19Swindon2567122438-1425
20Bury2564153449-1522
21Chesterfield2564152743-1622
22Coventry2549122337-1421
23Shrewsbury2556142439-1521
24Oldham24310111227-1519
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