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Brentford 2-3 Sheffield United: Blades win thriller as Bees slump continues

Leon Clarke scores Sheffield United's winner
Leon Clarke's winner was just his second goal of the season for the Blades

Sheffield United went fourth in the Championship after an entertaining victory at Brentford.

Neal Maupay put the Bees ahead in a manic nine-minute spell which included three goals while John Lundstrum hit the bar for the visitors seconds after they went behind.

Ezri Konsa's own goal from a corner drew the Blades level before Oliver Norwood blasted in a spectacular shot from the edge of the box after only 15 minutes.

John Fleck deflected Romaine Sawyers' cross into his own net to make it 2-2 midway through the second half before Leon Clarke won it for United.

The victory was just the second for the Blades in seven games while the Bees lost for the sixth time in seven since Dean Smith left to become Aston Villa manager, and slip down to 17th place.

The game was brought to life when the Championship's leading scorer Maupay got his 13th goal of the season, latching onto Sawyers' pass and finishing past Dean Henderson.

Lundstrum crashed a shot against the crossbar from eight yards before United went ahead after Konsa's own goal - under pressure from Jack O'Connell - and Norwood's excellent long-range effort which was powerfully curled into the top left corner form the right side of the box.

Chris Wilder's men almost had a third midway through the half but David McGoldrick's effort from close range was well-saved by Daniel Bentley.

The second half began almost as quickly as the first when McGoldrick had an effort deflected just wide.

Clarke headed a Fleck cross just wide but the forward made no mistake seven minutes later as he sidefooted home Conor Washington's pass.

Alan Judge had two late free-kicks saved by Henderson as Brentford battled in vain to salvage something from the game.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank:

"This is a situation where we need to stick together, we need to look inside ourselves. That's players, me and staff.

"We need to step up and we need to do better.

"Today was a case of not trying to concede too many battles and changing a few small bits."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a big win, it's been a tough couple of days and we asked a lot of questions of the players over the weekend.

"They came roaring back tonight and they were angry footballers out there as the performance wasn't good enough on Saturday.

"I said to the players before the game that I was interested in what their reaction would be and they gave me all the answers.

"We changed the team around and that would've raised a few eyebrows, but I picked a team to win a game and they've done just that."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 10McEachranBooked at 69minsSubstituted forDa Silvaat 77'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 18Judge
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forOdubajoat 77'minutes
  • 7CanosSubstituted forMarcondesat 53'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 2Odubajo
  • 3Henry
  • 14Da Silva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 36Oksanen

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6BashamBooked at 17mins
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18Freeman
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forCouttsat 67'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forClarkeat 60'minutes
  • 39WashingtonSubstituted forSharpat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Clarke
  • 10Sharp
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 21Duffy
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
8,903

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 2, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 2, Sheffield United 3.

Yoann Barbet (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Josh Da Silva (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Moses Odubajo with a cross.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes tries a through ball, but Neal Maupay is caught offside.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp replaces Conor Washington.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Josh McEachran.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Moses Odubajo replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 2, Sheffield United 3. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Washington.

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Josh McEachran (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

Attempt blocked. Conor Washington (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces John Lundstram.

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross.

Goal!

Own Goal by John Fleck, Sheffield United. Brentford 2, Sheffield United 2.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces David McGoldrick.

Attempt blocked. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Sergi Canos.

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

goal

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4Sheff Utd1910453223934
5West Brom1894539261331
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR198472226-428
9Aston Villa187653125627
10Swansea187562017326
11Blackburn186842125-426
12Birmingham185942524124
13Stoke185852122-123
14Sheff Wed196582332-923
15Preston195773132-122
16Bristol City186482021-122
17Brentford195683028221
18Wigan186391926-721
19Rotherham194871827-920
20Reading1945102430-617
21Millwall184592330-717
22Hull1945101626-1017
23Bolton1945101225-1317
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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