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Sheffield United 4-1 Hull City

Leon Clarke
Leon Clarke has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for Sheffield United this season

Leon Clarke scored four goals as Sheffield United moved up to second in the Championship after coming from behind to beat Hull City.

The Blades went in behind at the break after Kamil Grosicki struck a fierce effort from 25 yards out.

Clarke turned in a cross to equalise after the restart and then netted from close range to put the hosts ahead.

The striker bagged his hat-trick with a back-post header before capitalising on poor defending to score his fourth.

Clarke, who doubled his goal tally for the season, was in the thick of the action throughout, forcing Tigers keeper Allan McGregor to save a header in either half before eventually getting on the scoresheet.

Chris Wilder's Blades have won seven of their eight league games at Bramall Lane this season, and sit two points behind Championship leaders Wolves.

Hull, meanwhile, have lost their last three league games and drop two places to 20th in the table, increasing the pressure on manager Leonid Slutsky.

The Russian said in midweek that he would accept the board's decision if they chose to sack him.

The former CSKA Moscow and Russia boss has won just four of his 16 league games since taking charge in the summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"We found ourselves one-nil down, completely against the run of play, so it was a big test of character for us, especially after the defeat at QPR.

"I just thought we showed exactly what we're about, with and without the ball.

"I thought all of the players were outstanding. We had a few words with them after Tuesday night because we were not where we set our standards and we had to get back on it.

"Leon [Clarke] was outstanding. His performance was first-class."

Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky:

"We are really broken after each goal. I tried to change the situation because in the last three matches we had the same situation. We concede a goal and we stop playing football.

"Really, we don't have a strong mentality and we don't have team spirit. Of course it's very bad and I'm very angry. It's like two completely different teams playing before a goal and after a goal.

"I don't have the answer why. It's my job, I agree. It's not a question about somebody, it's about me.

"It is a very difficult time for me and of course I am worried. Now I have a lot of questions in my head and I don't have the answers. I will find the answers."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Moore
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 13Wright
  • 5O'Connell
  • 6Basham
  • 15Coutts
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLundstramat 86'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9ClarkeBooked at 23minsSubstituted forDonaldsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forBrooksat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 19Stearman
  • 24Lafferty
  • 31Eastwood
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 34AinaBooked at 39mins
  • 21Dawson
  • 29Tomori
  • 24Clark
  • 8Meyler
  • 16LarssonSubstituted forStewartat 65'minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 4IrvineSubstituted forHenriksenat 83'minutes
  • 7Grosicki
  • 25CampbellBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDickoat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Dicko
  • 12Marshall
  • 14Diomande
  • 22Henriksen
  • 27Clackstone
  • 30Lenihan
  • 35Stewart
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
27,466

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamHull
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 4, Hull City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 4, Hull City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Leon Clarke.

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

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. David Brooks (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Fleck.

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 4, Hull City 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Markus Henriksen replaces Jackson Irvine.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Billy Sharp.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Kevin Stewart (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Hull City 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Sharp with a cross.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United).

Nouha Dicko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Hull City 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Max Clark.

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a cross.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Nouha Dicko replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but John Fleck is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Max Clark.

Foul by Paul Coutts (Sheffield United).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kevin Stewart replaces Sebastian Larsson.

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

Foul by Max Clark (Hull City).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Hull City).

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Offside, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Sheff Utd16110524141033
3Cardiff169432213931
4Bristol City1686226161030
5Aston Villa167542215726
6Derby157442319425
7Ipswich158072622424
8Nottm Forest168082526-124
9Middlesbrough156542013723
10Leeds167272419523
11Sheff Wed166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Norwich166461520-522
14Preston165651919021
15QPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull164482830-216
21Burton163491031-2113
22Birmingham163310825-1712
23Bolton162591329-1611
24Sunderland151772030-1010
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