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Sheffield United 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

John Lundstram
John Lundstram has scored three goals this season

Sheffield United continued their push for a Championship play-off place with a narrow win over QPR.

The hosts took the lead when defender Richard Stearman finished after Leon Clarke had flicked on Mark Duffy's corner.

John Lundstram made it 2-0 from Billy Sharp's cutback just after the break.

Luke Freeman pulled a goal back for the visitors with a good shot from distance but, despite late pressure, they could not find an equaliser.

Back-to-back league wins have moved Chris Wilder's men to within one point of the top six.

The Blades looked to be cruising to victory when Lundstram doubled their advantage after the interval but nearly had to settle for a point.

Matt Smith twice went close to levelling for the hosts, with home keeper Jamal Blackman forced into a late save from the striker's header.

The Blades visit struggling Hull City on Friday, while 15th-placed QPR are back in action when they host Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought we were outstanding. When we went forward we were great and we've beaten a decent side.

"The last 20-25 minutes wasn't our greatest performances but if you have to see it out you have to see it out and we did enough in the first 60 minutes.

"We were the dominant side and I think it's a big win for us tonight."

QPR manager Ian Holloway told BBC Radio London:

"We have got to stop making mistakes. We started well and caused them problems but unfortunately we are not seeing it through.

"I'll take the performance, spirit and fight-back all day long.

"I don't want to criticise my lads as they kept going and had other chances. It is tough at the minute but the young lads have got to learn about being away from home and what it is all about.

"I think we are getting closer to what I want."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forLaffertyat 84'minutes
  • 20EvansBooked at 77mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLeonardat 75'minutes
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpSubstituted forDonaldsonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Wright
  • 14Leonard
  • 24Lafferty
  • 31Eastwood
  • 32Evans
  • 36Brooks

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 20BaptisteSubstituted forSmythat 66'minutes
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 22Wszolek
  • 7Freeman
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forEzeat 87'minutes
  • 11Scowen
  • 3Bidwell
  • 17Smith
  • 9WashingtonSubstituted forOsayi-Samuelat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 13Ingram
  • 24Perch
  • 30Eze
  • 33Chair
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
  • 37Smyth
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
25,339

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Sheffield United. George Baldock tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joel Lynch.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Lafferty.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Eberechi Eze replaces Massimo Luongo.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Daniel Lafferty replaces John Lundstram.

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

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bright Samuel replaces Conor Washington.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

Booking

Lee Evans (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Evans (Sheffield United).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Leonard replaces Mark Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Billy Sharp.

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

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pawel Wszolek.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Paul Smyth replaces Alex Baptiste.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Scowen.

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

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Baldock.

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff32187748272161
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby321610648262258
5Fulham321510754361855
6Bristol City32141174738953
7Sheff Utd32164124638852
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Millwall331112103935445
12Leeds32136134441345
13Ipswich32136134442245
14Norwich32129113235-345
15QPR33109143646-1039
16Sheff Wed33813123540-537
17Nottm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton3389162951-2233
20Birmingham3386192249-2730
21Hull32611154350-729
22Burton3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
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