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Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United

Billy Sharp scores for Sheffield United
Billy Sharp's first-half strike and second-half penalty means the striker has now scored 75 goals during his second and third spells with Sheffield United

Billy Sharp's double earned Sheffield United a Yorkshire derby victory and spoiled Paul Heckingbottom's first game as Leeds United manager.

Heckingbottom, who replaced the sacked Thomas Christiansen last week, saw his side trail to Sharp's stunning second-minute volley from Mark Duffy's cross.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga's powerful header levelled the scores after the break.

But Sharp netted from the penalty spot to earn victory and ensure that Leeds' winless run stretched to eight games.

The win means the Blades move up to seventh in the Championship table, two points behind Bristol City and Fulham before the 15:00 GMT games, while Leeds are seven points adrift of the final play-off spot.

Sharp's brilliant opener was a fitting way to celebrate scoring the 200th league goal of his career and he could have made it 2-0 soon after but sent a close-range header over, while Duffy went close with a curling strike

But Leeds, who wore black armbands as a tribute to former player Liam Miller who died on Friday aged 36, also had chances.

Lasogga's fierce 25-yard strike went just wide, and a Pontus Jansson diving header was brilliantly saved by Jamal Blackman.

Substitute Pablo Hernandez's cross was powerfully headed in by Lasogga to level and bring the Whites hope of ending their six-match winless Championship run.

But it was 32-year-old Sharp who proved the matchwinner after John Fleck was tripped by Eunan O'Kane - scoring his 10th goal of the season and seventh in his past eight appearances against Leeds.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"We needed it. I'm sick of banging on about how well we're playing and not getting results.

"People are looking at me as if I'm a bit of a nutter, going on about it. We're at the business end of the season and we need to pick wins up.

"The effect of having a new manager would have given their players a boost. It was never going to be easy and the game ebbed and flowed."

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"Getting beaten is not nice and I know when I look back at the first goal that there will be things I don't want to see.

"Sheffield United are, in my opinion, the best in the league at building momentum. They were keeping possession, playing forward and putting us under pressure.

"We had to change that and play forward more. We played on the front foot in the second half and we had more energy.

"There was a bit of apprehension - I could sense it - and I thought that lifted in the second half."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 20EvansBooked at 44minsSubstituted forLundstramat 88'minutes
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLeonardat 77'minutes
  • 4FleckBooked at 90mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpBooked at 14minsSubstituted forHolmesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 12Wilson
  • 14Leonard
  • 24Lafferty
  • 26Holmes
  • 31Eastwood

Leeds

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 15Dallas
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pennington
  • 12De Bock
  • 4ForshawBooked at 5mins
  • 14O'Kane
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forEkubanat 78'minutes
  • 10AlioskiSubstituted forSackoat 75'minutes
  • 9Lasogga
  • 7RoofeBooked at 19minsSubstituted forHernándezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 8Anita
  • 19Hernández
  • 22Cibicki
  • 24Sacko
  • 25Vieira
  • 45Ekuban
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
27,553

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Leeds United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Leeds United 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Laurens De Bock (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hadi Sacko with a headed pass.

  6. Booking

    John Fleck (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Ricky Holmes replaces Billy Sharp.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Lee Evans.

  13. Post update

    Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Caleb Ekuban (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lee Evans (Sheffield United).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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