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Sheffield United 0-2 Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood highlighted their credentials as automatic-promotion candidates in League One by beating table-toppers Sheffield United.

Goals from Conor McLaughlin and Devante Cole stunned the Blades and extended the Cod Army's unbeaten run in the league to an impressive 11 games, moving them to within six points of second-placed Scunthorpe.

It was a thoroughly deserved three points as Uwe Rosler's men impressed from the off, taking the lead in the 20th minute when McLaughlin drilled in Bobby Grant's cross that was meant as a shot at the far post.

They should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Simon Moore denied Wes Burns with an instinctive save when the striker went through on goal.

Billy Sharp was United's main threat as they chased an equaliser early in the second half, but Fleetwood killed the game when Cole latched on to Ethan Ebanks-Landell's weak header to lob Moore.

The Blades, who paraded new signings James Hanson and Jay O'Shea before kick-off, pressed for a way back into the game but could not find it and have now taken just one point from their last three games.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 6BashamSubstituted forScougallat 45'minutes
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 4Fleck
  • 21Duffy
  • 15Coutts
  • 24LaffertySubstituted forDoneat 89'minutes
  • 7McNultySubstituted forLaveryat 45'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 8Scougall
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 12Ramsdale
  • 13Wright
  • 14Riley
  • 20Wilson

Fleetwood

  • 21Cairns
  • 5Eastham
  • 12Bolger
  • 37Davies
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 34Dempsey
  • 38SchwablBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGlendonat 75'minutes
  • 11Grant
  • 3Bell
  • 9BurnsSubstituted forHunterat 62'minutes
  • 44ColeBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBallat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 10Ball
  • 14Davis
  • 18Glendon
  • 19Long
  • 22Hunter
  • 43Maguire
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
19,012

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Fleetwood Town 2.

Full Time

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

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matt Done replaces Daniel Lafferty.

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

Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United).

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

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

Foul by George Glendon (Fleetwood Town).

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. George Glendon replaces Markus Schwabl.

Attempt missed. Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. David Ball replaces Devante Cole.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Fleetwood Town 2. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Hunter replaces Wes Burns.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Markus Schwabl (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd29176653341957
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Fleetwood28147742291349
5Bradford281113434231146
6Rochdale27143104136545
7Southend2711973934542
8Peterborough2711884033741
9Millwall2711794240240
10Bristol Rovers28116114750-339
11Wimbledon2791083833537
12Oxford Utd27107103430437
13Walsall2791083335-237
14Charlton2681263326736
15Port Vale2688102939-1032
16MK Dons2687113437-331
17Gillingham2787123443-931
18Northampton2886143948-930
19Swindon2878132741-1429
20Shrewsbury2877142740-1328
21Bury2875164355-1226
22Chesterfield2875162845-1726
23Oldham27510121528-1325
24Coventry2749142339-1621
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