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Sheffield United 3-1 Derby County: Billy Sharp scores 14th goal of season in Blades win

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp has scored 14 goals for Sheffield United this season

Sheffield United moved up to fourth in the Championship with an impressive victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County.

Billy Sharp guided Enda Stevens' floated cross into the corner of the net with a fine header to put the Blades ahead just before half-time.

Harry Wilson curled in a superb free-kick from 25 yards to equalise - the Liverpool loanee's ninth goal of the season.

But David McGoldrick raced clear and coolly dinked the ball over Rams goalkeeper Scott Carson to restore United's lead, before substitute Leon Clarke sealed the win with a close-range header.

Chris Wilder's side were good value for their 12th victory of the campaign, with Sharp denied by Carson at point-blank range in the first half, and then nodding inches wide late on.

The Blades had lost back-to-back matches at Bramall Lane heading into the game, but 32-year-old Sharp eased any early nerves with a skilfully placed header past the despairing dive of Carson.

After Wilson's stunning set-piece rattled in off the crossbar to bring Derby back into the game, it was the hosts who put their foot on the gas in search of a winner.

The Blades' positivity paid off as McGoldrick latched onto Jon Fleck's through ball and cleverly chipped in his seventh goal of the campaign, before Clarke's effort went in via a deflection.

Sheffield United finish their 2018 fixture list with a home game against Blackburn on Saturday, while Derby visit second-placed Norwich.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"They've got some good players and it was a tight Championship game first half - but it wasn't a tight Championship game second half.

"There's been a lot of noise and nonsense talked about us, but I keep telling the players to go out and show everybody what we're all about and I think we did that this afternoon.

"We jumped all over them second half. The energy levels and performance levels were up there and the support they received was amazing."

Derby County manager Frank Lampard told BBC Radio Derby:

"It's a hard place to come - let's have it right, they're a good team.

"We were well and truly in the first half and when we equalised, but the disappointing part was the last portion of the game.

"We made individual mistakes and gifted them goals. In these games you can't make individual errors."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 75mins
  • 21DuffyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forClarkeat 80'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensBooked at 32mins
  • 10Sharp
  • 17McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 9Clarke
  • 15Coutts
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie
  • 39Washington

Derby

  • 1CarsonBooked at 89mins
  • 37Bogle
  • 6KeoghBooked at 54mins
  • 5TomoriBooked at 82mins
  • 2WisdomSubstituted forWaghornat 85'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 44HuddlestoneSubstituted forEvansat 70'minutes
  • 8Mount
  • 11JozefzoonSubstituted forNugentat 69'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 14Marriott
  • 7WilsonBooked at 28mins

Substitutes

  • 9Waghorn
  • 16Pearce
  • 17Evans
  • 21Roos
  • 23Holmes
  • 28Nugent
  • 41Bird
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
28,974

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1.

Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Derby County).

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

George Evans (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Booking

David Nugent (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Scott Carson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Back pass by Scott Carson (Derby County).

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

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Martyn Waghorn replaces Andre Wisdom.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Derby County 1. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Egan with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Booking

Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces Mark Duffy.

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

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Marriott (Derby County) because of an injury.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Attempt blocked. Jack Marriott (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mason Mount (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Baldock with a headed pass.

Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Derby County).

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Evans replaces Tom Huddlestone.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Offside, Sheffield United. John Fleck tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds24156342222051
2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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