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Peterborough United 0-1 Sheffield United

Sheffield United left it late to turn their dominance into a League One victory at Peterborough.

The table-toppers squandered a host of chances before Billy Sharp struck from point-blank range with three minutes to go for his 20th goal of the season that extended their lead at the top to five points.

Sharp pounced at the back post after strike-partner James Hanson had headed down a cross from the right.

It sparked jubilant scenes among a travelling army of almost 4,000 Blades fans at the ABAX Stadium.

Chris Wilder's men had looked like drawing a blank with Hanson being denied by Posh goalkeeper Luke McGee either side of half-time.

Hanson also fluffed the rebound on the first of those occasions with Daniel Lafferty lashing a follow-up over after the second opportunity.

Hanson also headed wide late on, but then turned provider for Sharp to settle the contest in the 87th minute.

Blades goalkeeper Simon Moore was a virtual spectator. His only real task was keeping out a 30-yard drive from Marcus Maddison in the second half.

Home debutant Anthony Grant also flashed a long-range blast wide late on for a home side who were short on attacking ideas.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 12Ball
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 11Maddison
  • 16InmanSubstituted forSamuelsenat 89'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 7EdwardsBooked at 38minsSubstituted forForresterat 61'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith
  • 21NicholsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMoriasat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hughes
  • 6Baldwin
  • 8Forrester
  • 9Angol
  • 14Tyler
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 37Morias

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 18Freeman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 6Basham
  • 24LaffertySubstituted forLaveryat 79'minutes
  • 21DuffySubstituted forO'Sheaat 61'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 44CarruthersBooked at 43minsSubstituted forRileyat 89'minutes
  • 13Wright
  • 10SharpBooked at 74mins
  • 16Hanson

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 7McNulty
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 14Riley
  • 20Wilson
  • 26O'Shea
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
10,258

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 0, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 0, Sheffield United 1.

Martin Samuelsen (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Riley (Sheffield United).

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United).

Jake Wright (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Martin Samuelsen replaces Bradden Inman.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Joe Riley replaces Samir Carruthers.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 0, Sheffield United 1. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by James Hanson with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Hanson (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United) header from very close range is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces Daniel Lafferty.

Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Booking

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradden Inman (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jerome Binnom-Williams.

Hand ball by Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Sheffield United).

Foul by Anthony Grant (Peterborough United).

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

Foul by Junior Morias (Peterborough United).

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

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

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Junior Morias replaces Tom Nichols.

Anthony Grant (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Chris Forrester replaces Gwion Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jay O'Shea replaces Mark Duffy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd31196658342463
2Scunthorpe30177657322558
3Bolton29166741231854
4Fleetwood311410744311352
5Bradford311215439271251
6Millwall3013894540547
7Rochdale29145104136547
8Southend30121084337646
9Peterborough30128104338544
10Bristol Rovers31128114951-244
11Oxford Utd29127103731643
12Walsall31101293943-442
13Charlton2991463729841
14MK Dons30108124039138
15Wimbledon2991193938138
16Northampton31106154651-536
17Shrewsbury3198143142-1135
18Gillingham30810123847-934
19Port Vale2989123246-1433
20Oldham31710142033-1331
21Bury3186174860-1230
22Swindon3178162845-1729
23Chesterfield3075182949-2026
24Coventry3049172547-2221
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