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Sheffield United 2-1 Reading

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp's goal was his first for the Blades since his double against Derby on 26 August

Sheffield United continued their fine start to the season by holding off a late Reading revival at Bramall Lane.

Paul Coutts' powerful left-foot shot gave them the lead and Billy Sharp tapped in his fifth goal of the season from Mark Duffy's cross to double it.

Roy Beerens' 20-yard shot, which flew just wide, was the only meaningful first-half effort by the visitors.

Substitute Paul McShane went close with a header before Beerens pulled one back for the Royals.

The win, United's fourth in five games, kept them third in the table, while Reading remain 20th.

Jaap Stam's side were hoping for a second Yorkshire success following a 1-0 victory at Leeds seven days earlier, but it was the Blades who carried the early threat, with Jack O'Connell an aerial danger at set-pieces.

He forced a good save from Vito Mannone, before the goals by Coutts and Sharp put the home side in firm control.

Reading did not manage a shot on target in the first 45 minutes, and although they looked livelier following Stam's half-time team talk, Beerens' goal, from Modou Barrow's centre, proved to be only a consolation.

Leon Clarke could have restored United's two-goal margin in stoppage time, but Mannone blocked the striker's angled effort.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"The first-half performance was up there with one of the best that we've produced all season.

"I thought they were only in the game for the last 10 minutes and a little bit at the death, with what the referee put on.

"The key is that you see it out. We want to get up the pitch, but sometimes you can't and you do get pushed back. It's important that you stay solid and tight as a unit, which we did.

"We know there is a hell of a long way to go. We're delighted and we're enjoying the ride."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We knew that we were going to be facing a good team and a team in form, playing in a certain way, with a lot of movement if you give them time.

"If you don't do anything about that, they get into their rhythm and they can make it difficult for you. That is what happened, especially in the first half.

"We really need to improve a lot to perform better. I'm not concerned because there's a long way to go and a lot of games to play. In this league, anything can happen."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 15Coutts
  • 21DuffySubstituted forBrooksat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpSubstituted forLundstramat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Wright
  • 24Lafferty
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 6Moore
  • 20Ilori
  • 19BacunaSubstituted forClementat 77'minutes
  • 16Edwards
  • 4van den BergBooked at 56mins
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSwiftat 66'minutes
  • 24BlackettSubstituted forMcShaneat 55'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 17Barrow
  • 7Beerens

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 10Swift
  • 22Clement
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly
  • 50Richards
  • 55Smith
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
26,265

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Reading 1.

Booking

David Brooks (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke tries a through ball, but David Brooks is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Brooks with a through ball.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Paul McShane is caught offside.

Foul by Pelle Clement (Reading).

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Reading 1. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Attempt missed. George Baldock (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leon Clarke with a headed pass.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pelle Clement replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Foul by David Brooks (Sheffield United).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Offside, Sheffield United. Jack O'Connell tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Mark Duffy.

Attempt missed. Tiago Ilori (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

David Edwards (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Sone Aluko.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham with a headed pass.

Booking

Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves1392224131129
2Cardiff138321810827
3Sheff Utd139041811727
4Leeds137242112923
5Aston Villa136431913622
6Bristol City135622014621
7Preston135621711621
8Derby125431713419
9Norwich125431214-219
10Ipswich116052017318
11Fulham134631714318
12Nottm Forest136071721-418
13Middlesbrough134541512317
14Hull134452420416
15Millwall134451614216
16Sheff Wed134451616016
17QPR133641617-115
18Brentford132741718-113
19Barnsley123361518-312
20Reading123361114-312
21Birmingham13328821-1311
22Burton13247625-1910
23Sunderland131661625-99
24Bolton13139724-176
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