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Sheffield United 3-0 Sunderland

John Lundstram
John Lundstram (right) gave Sheffield United the lead with his second goal of the season

Sheffield United picked up their first win in seven games with a comfortable victory over struggling Sunderland.

The Blades took a deserved lead when John Lundstram showed good composure to guide the ball home.

Richard Stearman doubled their advantage with a header from Mark Duffy's free-kick after the break before George Baldock headed a third.

Defeat leaves Chris Coleman's side 22nd in the Championship, one point adrift of safety.

Victory for Chris Wilder's men saw them move back into the play-off positions.

The Blades were on top throughout and should have taken an early lead when Clayton Donaldson placed his shot wide after being played in on goal.

Once Lundstram gave the hosts the lead they were in total control and could have won by more had Leon Clarke and Enda Stevens not got in each other's way in front of goal late on.

They travel to lowly Bolton on Saturday, while the Black Cats, who were missing top scorer Lewis Grabban with a calf injury, face a trip to Nottingham Forest.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"I've put them under a bit of pressure recently and we have slipped our standards but I thought that the performance at Villa Park, coming back from 2-0 down, spoke volumes about what they are about really.

"I thought the players' performance at Villa Park was absolutely outstanding - their attitude and the courage to get themselves off the canvas to get a big result.

"I believe it was a big result, not the biggest point in Sheffield United's history, but I thought it was a big step forward and it was important we carried it on.

"And we did and we got a little bit of the old swagger back that has seen us produce those type of performances in the first half of the season."

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman:

"It is a bitterly disappointing performance. As soon as we went 1-0 down we just accepted a low-level performance from each other.

"It is the first time I have seen from them - when you are in that position it's not anger, it's apathy which is very, very dangerous. So it was a lot of food for thought looking at it.

"Seven games and four weeks I've been here and I have never seen that performance. We haven't won every game but we've been in games but we were never in that game, not really.

"We were up against a Sheffield United team (that were) stronger, quicker and looked hungrier, fitter. Unless we get better or show better than that we aren't going to get away from where we are."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Moore
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 6BashamBooked at 77mins
  • 7Lundstram
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 75'minutes
  • 9ClarkeSubstituted forLaveryat 84'minutes
  • 11DonaldsonSubstituted forLaffertyat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Thomas
  • 10Sharp
  • 13Wright
  • 22Lavery
  • 24Lafferty
  • 27Blackman
  • 44Carruthers

Sunderland

  • 25Ruiter
  • 18Browning
  • 16O'Shea
  • 36WilsonBooked at 50mins
  • 21Matthews
  • 27GoochSubstituted forAsoroat 67'minutes
  • 24Gibson
  • 26HoneymanSubstituted forMcManamanat 79'minutes
  • 3OviedoBooked at 58mins
  • 19McGeady
  • 9VaughanSubstituted forMajaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 2Jones
  • 13McManaman
  • 20Maja
  • 22Love
  • 29Asoro
  • 40Embleton
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
30,668

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Sunderland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Sunderland 0.

Attempt blocked. Josh Maja (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Daniel Lafferty replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aiden McGeady.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Asoro (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces Leon Clarke.

Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Josh Maja (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces James Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McManaman replaces George Honeyman.

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marc Wilson.

Booking

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Marc Wilson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Joel Asoro replaces Lynden Gooch.

Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a through ball.

Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Sunderland).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Sunderland 0. George Baldock (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack O'Connell with a cross.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Sunderland 0. Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy following a set piece situation.

Booking

Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland).

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

James Vaughan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

Attempt blocked. Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Clarke with a cross.

Booking

Marc Wilson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bristol City24138339241547
3Cardiff24145535221347
4Derby24136538211745
5Leeds24133837271042
6Sheff Utd24132939291041
7Middlesbrough2411583223938
8Aston Villa2410863224838
9Preston2491052723437
10Ipswich24113103733436
11Fulham249873331235
12Brentford2481063732534
13Nottm Forest24101133341-831
14Sheff Wed247983029130
15Norwich2486102430-630
16Millwall246992627-127
17Reading2476112932-327
18QPR246992634-827
19Hull2458113741-423
20Barnsley2457122536-1122
21Burton2455141743-2620
22Sunderland24310112842-1419
23Bolton2447132343-2019
24Birmingham2445151235-2317
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