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Reading 0-2 Sheffield United: Billy Sharp helps Blades beat Royals

Sheffield United have a goal disallowed
Sheffield United had two goals disallowed for offside in the first half

Two goals in the last 10 minutes saw Sheffield United beat managerless Reading and move up to third in the Championship.

Conor Washington and David McGoldrick had first-half efforts correctly ruled out for offside for the Blades, with the hosts having a penalty appeal waved away for handball by Ollie Norwood.

The visitors had the better of the second half, Chris Basham's header cleared off the line and sub Billy Sharp nodding wide from 12 yards when unmarked.

However, Sharp put United ahead from Basham's cross and three minutes later they made the result safe when a corner ricocheted in off Reading striker Sam Baldock.

The Royals, who had under-23 coach Scott Marshall in caretaker charge after sacking Paul Clement on Thursday, have slipped into the relegation zone after a fifth game without a win.

It was just a second league victory in six for Chris Wilder's Blades, who are five points behind second-placed Leeds.

Reading were without top two scorers Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Yakou Meite, and failed to register a single shot on target.

BBC Radio Berkshire reports the club are considering a fairly lengthy shortlist of potential managers, with no appointment likely until at least the middle of next week.

Reading caretaker manager Scott Marshall told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"Conceding late goals like that, it's a bit of a slap in the face. There's an immediate disappointment with that and we've got to take that on board and move on.

"They made a tactical switch at half-time that we didn't deal with too well, but you definitely don't score if you don't get a shot in on target."

On only being appointed caretaker manager on Thursday: "It was a bit of a shock in terms of the timing, but it wasn't as if I was coming in cold.

"I'm around the players and staff every day, so I know them well. It's a stressful time a little bit, but that's football and you have to look to enjoy it.

"I'm going to plan for the game at Rotherham next Saturday. Things might change, that's the caretaker role, but you have to be ready and be across things.

"I'll make the most of this opportunity to be around the first team group and I'll look to enjoy it.

"I've got a really good role with the under-23s, which I enjoy and we've had success in pushing some of these guys on.

"But, many more 2-0 defeats, the job's not going to be on the table for me. But, each day as it comes shall we say at the moment."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The second half was great but the first half, not so.

"I think maybe the enthusiasm of a new manager coming in lifted their players, and they were a bit quicker to the ball.

"A couple of changes - and a little bit of a reminder to the players at half time of the standards they've set - and I thought we came roaring back and fully deserved the victory."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 3Yiadom
  • 20Ilori
  • 24Blackett
  • 2Gunter
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 7Bacuna
  • 19SimsSubstituted forBarrowat 64'minutes
  • 43LoaderBooked at 80mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forAlukoat 85'minutes
  • 29McNultySubstituted forBaldockat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Swift
  • 14Aluko
  • 17Barrow
  • 38Kelly
  • 46McIntyre

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 7LundstramSubstituted forDuffyat 45'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4FleckBooked at 23mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 39WashingtonSubstituted forSharpat 60'minutes
  • 17McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 21Duffy
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
12,066

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Sheffield United 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Own Goal by Sam Baldock, Reading. Reading 0, Sheffield United 2.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sone Aluko replaces Garath McCleary.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Sheffield United 1. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Attempt blocked. Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Danny Loader (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Loader (Reading).

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt blocked. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Fleck.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Anssi Jaakkola (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John Fleck with a cross.

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Baldock with a cross.

Offside, Reading. Andy Yiadom tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Danny Loader (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Danny Loader (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Modou Barrow replaces Josh Sims.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich21134438241443
2Leeds21126335181742
3Sheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby2111463124737
5West Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham217953025530
10Stoke217952725230
11Blackburn217952731-430
12Swansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14QPR218492531-628
15Preston216783235-325
16Wigan2174102329-625
17Sheff Wed216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull2156102130-921
20Rotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich2118121737-2011
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