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Sheffield United 4-0 AFC Wimbledon

A goal from debutant James Hanson helped Sheffield United return to the top of League One with an emphatic victory over AFC Wimbledon.

The former Bradford centre-forward opened his account for the Blades after Billy Sharp had earlier netted his 19th goal of the campaign.

John Fleck and substitute Caolan Lavery piled on the misery for Neal Ardley's side with strikes after the interval.

When Sharp opened the scoring after three minutes, AFC Wimbledon must have feared the worst. But even though Hanson extended United's lead during the closing stages of the first half, the visitors remained a threat.

Although Dons keeper James Shea will have been disappointed with his handling for Sharp's opener, parrying Fleck's cross straight into the United captain's path, he was powerless to prevent Hanson netting in the 38th minute.

On that occasion, Kieron Freeman was the provider before Sharp missed a flurry of chances early in the second period.

United need not have worried though, as Fleck made it 3-0 with a delightful piece of skill with 10 minutes remaining.

Lavery then completed the rout deep into stoppage time as the Blades moved two points clear of Scunthorpe, who lost at Southend.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 13Wright
  • 19Ebanks-LandellSubstituted forBashamat 45'minutes
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 15Coutts
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 83'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 24Lafferty
  • 16Hanson
  • 10SharpSubstituted forLaveryat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 6Basham
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 14Riley
  • 26O'Shea
  • 44Carruthers

Wimbledon

  • 1Shea
  • 2Fuller
  • 6Robinson
  • 32Charles
  • 22Kelly
  • 14Soares
  • 4BulmanSubstituted forFrancombat 63'minutes
  • 8Reeves
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forPoleonat 63'minutes
  • 9Elliott
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 7Francomb
  • 10Poleon
  • 23Barnett
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
  • 31Owens
  • 34Robertson
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
20,549

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 4, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 4, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Attempt blocked. Tom Soares (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 4, AFC Wimbledon 0. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, AFC Wimbledon 0. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Hanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces Billy Sharp.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) header from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Shea.

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

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by James Hanson (Sheffield United).

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Francomb replaces Dannie Bulman.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Andy Barcham.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Darius Charles.

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

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

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by James Hanson (Sheffield United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd30186657342360
2Scunthorpe29177557312658
3Bolton28156737221551
4Fleetwood30149744311351
5Bradford301214438261250
6Southend29121074336746
7Rochdale28144104136546
8Peterborough2912894337644
9Millwall2912894440444
10Bristol Rovers30127114850-243
11Walsall30101283839-142
12Charlton2891363628840
13Oxford Utd27107103430437
14Wimbledon2891093837137
15MK Dons2898113938135
16Northampton3096154350-733
17Gillingham2989123746-933
18Shrewsbury3088143042-1232
19Port Vale2888123145-1432
20Swindon2978142742-1529
21Oldham29610131730-1328
22Bury3076174760-1327
23Chesterfield2975172846-1826
24Coventry2949162344-2121
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