Sheffield United made it back to back home wins after easily dispatching lowly Scunthorpe United at Bramall Lane. After a less than convincing performance at the weekend had seen a narrow win over Port Vale; the Blades were able to put together their best performance for some time as they comprehensively saw off the Iron. The visitors had been somewhat of a nemesis in recent years but were never in the game tonight as Jason Holt’s long range shot and a pair of Jose Baxter goals sandwiched a clever Jamie Murphy finish. In truth it was a fair reflection of a comprehensive win...
Sheffield United host Scunthorpe United in the re-arranged League One fixture tonight, just 10 days after the pair drew 1-1 at Glanford Park.
Since that shared point at Glanford Park on 14 March the Blades have drawn 1-1 at Walsall whilst they ended a run of five games without a win by beating Port Vale 1-0 via the penalty spot from Jose Baxter. The win kept United 5th in the table but Barnsley dropped to 7th after drawing 1-1 with Preston North End. The result leaves United three points ahead of the Reds with a win tonight crucial...
United got back to winning ways as they saw off mid table Port Vale at the Lane. A first half penalty from Jose Baxter was enough to see of the Valiants in a game largely missing any real quality or chances.
The Blades brought back Chris Basham after suspension for the injured Jay McEveley and Paul Coutts came in for Louis Reed who was also injured. Stephen Davies also returned with Michael Doyle left on the bench...
Sheffield United host Port Vale tomorrow in what is the first of three very important home fixtures in the space of 7 days that could either make or break United's season.
A top 6 finish was looking an almost certainty two months ago but having gone 5 games without a victory the United faithful are worrying that they'll be lucky if they even make the play-offs. With local rivals Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield all looking to steal our current 5th position these next three matches at home to Port Vale, Scunthorpe United and Crewe Alexandra are all vital in securing a possibility of promotion - ideally 9 points are required before visiting Barnsley on 4 April...
Sheffield United earned their first point in three games as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Scunthorpe.
It was the Blades who dominated the opening half an hour as Scunthorpe struggled to get going.
Matty Done missed a golden chance to open the scoring when he popped up unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box but flashed a diving header wide of the far post.
Midfield man Louis Reed also went close with a 25-yard effort before Scunthorpe snatched a 37th-minute lead.
It was against the run of play when Neal Bishop netted with a close-range header after a free-kick had been turned back across goal by Niall Canavan.
But Sheffield were deservedly back on level terms on the stroke of half-time when full-back Kieron Freeman popped up in the box to force an angled shot into the far side of the net.
In a fiesty start to the second half Scunthorpe thought they were back in front when Blades goalkeeper Iain Turner fumbled an inswinging corner from Gary McSheffrey into his own net. However, their celebrations were cut short when referee Darren Handley blew for an infringement in a crowded box.
Both teams might have snatched all three points in the closing stages. Substitute Jason Holt twice went close for the visitors, while at the opposite end leading marksman Paddy Madden fluffed two good openings for Scunthorpe.
Sheffield United travel to the Midlands tonight without a win in 5 games - maximum points at Walsall tonight is required if the Blades are to secure a play-off place.
Sheffield United face Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park this weekend at a ground where the Blades haven't won at since 1959 - so no pressure then in a must win fixture?
Sheffield United face Scunthorpe tomorrow at Glanford Park before hosting the Iron on Tuesday, 24 March (7.45pm) in the re-scheduled fixture which had originally was due to be played on 28 December last but was postponed due to a heavy downfall of snow over the Steel City. The Blades will need to pick themselves up rapidly following recent results against Crawley Town (1-1), Peterborough United (1-2) and Fleetwood Town (1-2) which has seen United pick up just one point from nine which has allowed our play-off competitors to bridge the gap to just three points behind...
Fleetwood remain in play-off contention after a 2-1 win at Sheffield United, who stay fifth in the table despite the loss.
All the goals came in the first half with Josh Morris and Nick Haughton putting the visitors in control before Matt Done reduced the Blades' arrears.
Nigel Clough's men made the early running with debutant Steven Davies putting a couple of efforts off-target and Jose Baxter firing over from long distance.
But it was Fleetwood who took a 25th-minute lead when Morris found himself in space on the left-hand side of the area and smashed the ball past goalkeeper Iain Turner.
Turner was beaten again when Haughton fired in from distance, wide on the left, after 35 minutes.
After United's Michael Doyle had a header tipped over, Done pulled a goal back, stabbing in from close-range after Baxter's cross was headed down by Chris Basham.
Baxter put a long-range shot wide in the second half while Haughton's low shot was easily saved by Turner.
Doyle's volley forced keeper Chris Maxwell to produce a superb save, tipping the ball over.
Sheffield United look to re-start there promotion push when they entertain Fleetwood Town to Bramall Lane for the first time in there history. The Blades will be looking to get back into winning ways when they come up against Fleetwood Town this Saturday after leaving the Lane heavily disappointed on Tuesday night following a 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United. Despite the result United still remain 5th in the table....
The Blades have completed the loan signing of Blackpool striker Steve Davies until the remainder of the season. Davies, 27 requested to leave Bloomfield Road early despite being out of contract with the Seasiders in the summer. He had scored 5 goals in 18 appearances for Blackpool this season - his most recent being in the 4-4 home draw with Nottingham Forest on 14 February. He joins the Blades on loan until the end of the season where he may become a free transfer in the summer.
A late penalty from substitute Marc McNulty rescued a point for Sheffield United who were guilty of poor finishing in a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Crawley.
Defender Richard Wood gave the hosts the lead against the run of play before McNulty kept his cool from the spot to convert his 12th goal of the season.
Blades goalkeeper Iain Turner came to United's rescue early on when tipping a goalbound 25-yard drive from Mathias Pogba over the crossbar.
Visiting defender Chris Basham had the ball in the net in the 16th minute when he turned in a cross from Jamie Murphy but was deemed to be in an off-side position.
Blades skipper Michael Doyle then wasted a glorious opportunity to put United ahead eight minutes before the break when he blazed over from eight yards after Crawley goalkeeper Lewis Price had parried an effort from Murphy.
United continued to press after the interval and defender John Brayford had a low shot parried before substitute Kieran Freeman fired an angled shot over.
Blades defender Bob Harris was only just off target with a left-footed shot which flew inches wide of Price's left-hand post, but Wood, on loan from Rotherham and making his home debut, put Crawley ahead in the 63rd minute by heading home Anthony Wordsworth's free-kick at the near post.
But Blades substitute McNulty made it 1-1 after 81 minutes from the penalty spot, sending Price the wrong way after Crawley skipper Ryan Dickson had brought down Matty Done.
Sheffield United travel to relegation threatened Crawley Town this weekend where all three points would come nicely as the Blades carry on a promotion push.
The Blades were victorious again last Tuesday night where they beat Rochdale by two goals to one. Should United claim maximum points at Crawley tomorrow and at home to Peterborough United next Tuesday then the Blades will surely look certain to (at least) cement a top six finish....
Goals from Marc McNulty and John Brayford in each half extended Sheffield United's unbeaten run to five matches after a 2-1 win at Rochdale last night.
McNulty netted his 11th goal of the season whilst icon Brayford netted after Josh Lillis tumbled the ball into the net to hand the defender his first goal in a United shirt since his return in January. Jack O'Connell headed home late on to give the hosts a consolation.
Nigel Clough made three changes ahead of last night’s fixture with Matt Done being rested on the substitutes bench along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Terry Kennedy whilst Ryan Flynn and Marc McNulty started. Former winger Fabian Brandy made his debut for the hosts.
Rochdale started the game the brighter and within a minute had caused a scare as Henderson charged down Iain Turner's clearance but at the other end McNulty's chip almost put Paul Coutts in on goal. From a set-piece Vincenti headed over Rose's free-kick but after 21 minutes a piece of quality split the Dale in half as the Blades took the lead. Bob Harris threaded the ball down the left. His 40 yard ball cut through the defence for McNULTY to fire home on the angle.
A few minutes later Harris and Doyle combined to tee up Murphy but he fired wide. However Rochdale finished off the better side in the first half. Turner was on hand to prevent Henderson who flicked on Rose's free-kick and in another dangerous moment Brayford cleared off the line.
At the start of the second half Done was introduced for McNulty who had been on the receiving end of a terrible whack in the first 45 minutes. Chances for Rochdale early on saw former Barnsley forward Noble-Lazarus hit his effort wide and Rose struck a 30 yard free-kick deflect straight into Turner's hands. The Blades first chance brought a goal, even if brought on by Lilis 'butter fingers.' Neat play on the left saw Doyle spray the ball to BRAYFORD who ran and fired from 25 yards - Lillis half caught but the ball thumbed under him and into the net.
With little over 15 minutes remaining the hosts reduced the score-line. A set-piece was only half-cleared and when Henderson crossed the ball back in O'CONNELL was unmarked to head home. Rochadale failed to apply any pressure in the remaining minutes as the Blades sounded out a comfortable victory and returned to Sheffield with all three points.
Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, Eastham, Vincenti (Bennett 68), Brandy (Bell 55), Hery, O'Connell, Rose, Logan (Noble-Lazarus 31), Kennedy, Henderson. Unused: Tanser, Musangu, Allen, Bunney.
Sheffield United: Turner, Harris, Brayford, Basham, Flynn (Freeman 71), Doyle, Murphy, McNulty (Done 45), Coutts (Reed 83), McEveley, Kennedy. Unused: Willis, Davies, Adams, Calvert-Lewin.
Former Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City midfielder Owen Morrison has appeared in court after being accused of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Morrison, 33 played just 8 times for the Blades having previously been signed by Neil Warnock from rivals Wednesday where he had progressed through their youth training system. Whilst with the Owls he played twice on loan at Hull City whilst later playing for Stockport County and Bradford City also.
He appeared today at Derry Magistrates’ Court, Northern Ireland after the offences allegedly were committed on Friday. He was also charged with handling a stolen car in the Republic of Ireland with no insurance and no license. He was bailed until reappearing in court next month.
Sheffield United head to Spotland tonight to face Rochdale FC where maximum points are vital after falling foul last Saturday at home to Coventry.
The Blades hit a slight stumbling block last Saturday in their quest to chase the automatic top two positions. Having seen Jose Baxter dismissed early on United found themselves two-nil down but staged a magnificent comeback to draw the game and earn at least a point. The result leaves United 13 points behind the top two were further matches without maximum points may mean the Blades will have to settle for fighting for a play-off place.
Sheffield United battled back from to goals down with little over a quarter of an hour to play to salvage an unlikely point at home to struggling Coventry. This was with 10 men for almost 80 minutes with the extra time added on. United in truth had been second best much of the contest as their performance belied the fact that the side had won three on the spin. Coventry began quicker and were then given a huge boost when Jose Baxter was sent off for a silly two footed tackle. City scored a good individual goal from Dominic Samuel after sloppy defending from United down their left hand side and then straight after the break he scored again. It seemed a comfortable upset win was on and United were simply not at the races. Poor touch, passing and lack of any real penetration saw the game petering out amist lousy weather. Suddenly the introduction of Kieran Freeman seemed to galvanise United and they found some energy. They got balls in the box and Doyle scored a chipped effort before Murphy’s shot with the aid of a deflection and suddenly it was level. It was a remarkable comeback that came out of nothing. After this the home side roared on the Blades but the game ended all square.
Sheffield United host relegation threatened Coventry City as the Blades look to secure a fourth win on the spin in the aid of chasing a automatic promotion spot.
Sheffield United continued their assault on promotion to the Championship as they sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Notts County last Tuesday night. The Blades had got off to a dream start when Jamie Murphy lashed in a wonderful effort from just inside the box with 16 minutes gone. But Notts hit back 10 minutes before the break and were level when Liam Noble back-heeled an equaliser after a favourable ricochet inside the area. Shaun Derry's Magpies continued to pose a threat in the second half and should have moved in front when Garry Thompson raced clean through but saw Iain Turner make a crucial save.
Balint Bajner then volleyed just wide of the post as Derry hoped to maintain his unbeaten managerial record against the Blades. But Matt Done brought an end to that record when he turned in from close range following great work by Bob Harris. Notts threw everything forward in the latter stages in the hope of salvaging an equaliser but their efforts were in vain as they suffered their ninth defeat at Meadow Lane this season.
Blades boss Nigel Clough is expected to name an uncharged side ahead of the visit of Coventry City. This will mean that Iain Turner will carry-on in goal with Mark Howard still sidelined. They will also be without Jose Baxter (dead leg) and Stefan Scougall (knee) who are both injured.
Meetings against Coventry City have proven (in the past) to be big ties but whilst this fixture will retain it's importance to both clubs for different reasons it will be no doubt be low key as to other fixtures United have come across this season. Since there liquidation almost two years ago the Sky Blues have slightly picked themselves up. Despite trailing near the relegation places and are currently only one point better off they have returned to their Ricoh Arena home.They were out of action last weekend, owing to Bradford City's involvement in the FA Cup so will no doubt be feeling more the refreshed team after a 10 day absence which saw them draw 1-1 with Scunthorpe United on 10 February. However there dimise this season can be pointed out to lack of victories and since the begining of December have only mustered two (and five draws) wins in twelve matches played in all competitions.
Gary McSheffrey looked to have come back to haunt Coventry as he fired Scunthorpe ahead only for Marcus Tudgay to rescue a point for the home side in a 1-1 draw deep into stoppage time. McSheffrey, who started his career as a teenager for Coventry, netted in the 21st minute with a deftly-taken free-kick. Aaron Martin brought the 32-year-old down just outside the penalty area and McSheffrey calmly lifted a left-footed free-kick over the wall and beyond Coventry goalkeeper Jamie Jones.
With Coventry floating just above the relegation zone, McSheffrey realised the potential damage his goal could do to his hometown club and refused to celebrate. Coventry, who last won at home in the league back in November, could well have pulled level when Martin forced a good save out of visiting goalkeeperLuke Daniels with a good header. Home defender Aaron Phillips should have tested the goalkeeper in the first half when he burst clear, but he blasted over. But Scunthorpe were wasting time in the dying stages and it cost them dear when Tudgay cleverly lobbed home.
The Sky Blues will be without Frank Nouble and former Sheffield Wednesday defender Reda Johnson (both hamstring) through injury as they suffer through injury. Meanwhile Sammi Odelusi (hamstring) is doubtful but Andy Webster has returned to training but unlikely to feature at Bramall Lane tomorrow.
Ahead of the fixture Sky Blues defender Jordan Willis said; "Saturday is a big game for us and we need a result. The results haven't been the best recently but we're working on scoring more goals in training. The lads are still confident and the mood is still good, you can't afford to beat yourself up when things go wrong.
Blades-Mad Prediction: Sheffield United 2 Coventry City 0
Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough believes the Blades must be positive from the start of the referee's whistle against Coventry City tomorrow.
Like United Coventry City will be eager to earn maximum points but for different reasons. The Sky Blues currently sit one point better off from the chasing pack in the relegation zone and would be a nightmare for the club if they were to find themselves in the bottom four come final whistle on 4 May. The Blades meanwhile are 5th in the table and are making all valient attempts at chasing the top two who are currently 11 points ahead before this weekend's fixtures.
The Blades manager believes that this season (and this time last season) are comparable to were the S2 club were at this time last season.
Clough told sufc.co.uk; "Coventry will be coming desperate not to lose the game, they will fight and scrap for everything and we know that because 12 months ago we were in a very similar position. "It isn't nice when you are at the wrong end of the table and struggling for a win, but if you can get a 0-0 away from home that gives you something to build on and from there you look to nick games by the odd goal. "They will probably be a little nervous and apprehensive at present though, we were last season, so we have to try and capitalise on that and use it to our advantage throughout the game. "But what we mustn't do is give away anything that will give them some belief or confidence, we have been very clinical of late and that must continue, especially on an afternoon when we might have to be patient."
New signing Matty Done took his goals tally to four in three games as he struck a second half winner at Nott's County last night to win the game 2-1.
Sheffield United supporters already know that if they are to make the top two automatic positions that they will require a similar run as to last season when in February 2014 they managed an unbeaten run of 8 matches (which consisted of 1 draw). back then the Blades were fighting relegation and would eventually secure a 7th spot finish. This season United are 5th but prior to last night’s victory were 12 points behind second spot and there win at Meadow Lane (married with MK Dons victory) has now put the Blades 11 points behind but have to date secured three back-to-back victories.
Sheffield United Academy starlet Diego de Girolamo has re-joined York City on loan until the end of the season.
de Girolamo, 19 has already spent time at Bootham Crescent this season - scoring 4 goals in 8 games played for the Minstermen.
Yesterday it was announced that the youngster will leave Bramall Lane in the summer as he seeks first team football having declined the opportunity to sign new terms with the Blades.
Sheffield United look set to lose Academy starlet Diego de Girolamo in the summer with Arsenal, Sunderland and Juventus looking to pick him up.
Blades boss Nigel Clough has confirmed to BBC Sport that youngster Diego de Girolamo will leave Bramall Lane this sumer after failing to agree on a new contract. It has been officially reported in the past that a host of clubs including Arsenal, Sunderland and Juventus are interested in the Italian U20 international.
'His time here will come to an end when his contract ends. He's rejected his contract offer and the chance to stay here. We felt we had offered him a good deal but I think he feels he will get better opportunities elsewhere.' said Clough.
Due to his age and being under 24 the Blades will receive compensation for the striker but I am sure I speak for all Blades fans in that we would like him to remain a Sheffield United player next season.
Sheffield United travel Meadow Lane tonight to face Nott's County in the so-called 'M1 Derby' in search of a further three points.
Sheffield United surprised the pundits when they scored three second half goals to beat league leaders Bristol City by three goals to one. It was the Blades second successive victory in a row and in turn have scored 7 goals whilst conceding just 2. This time last season the Blades lost their opening fixture in February (at Crewe) before going 8 league games unbeaten which saw them rocket up the league - supporters know that if they have any chance of making the automatic spots there then a similar run will be required again...
Another midweek match which I got in late from meant I had no time to do a report before bed and been busy with work/house move etc….hopefully be back doing more detailed reports soon but a brief summary…..
It was never a 4-1 game. First half I felt we were a shade fortunate to say the least to go in 1-0 up. We scored a very scrappy goal shinned in by Baxter but they could have scored after a minute and also had a few other good chances such as the Porter chance. They created quite a bit. We were slow, sloppy and sluggish and carried on recent form. However a well made and taken goal from Done and the game was in affect almost finished. Despite the two goal lead fans got impatient at the slow tempo and the inability to move it forward at any pace.
Sheffield United climbed back in to the League One play-off positions after sweeping aside relegation-threatened Colchester 4-1 at Bramall Lane.Jose Baxter scored twice for Nigel Clough's side while Jay McEveley and debutant Matt Done were also on target.Sammie Szmodics effort midway through the second-half briefly provided the visitors with a glimmer of hope before Matthew Briggs' foul on Paul Coutts presented Baxter with the opportunity to apply the coup-de-grace.Baxter gave United, under pressure from their own supporters following a disappointing sequence of results, the perfect start when he claimed his seventh of the season with only eight minutes gone.
The former Everton youngster bundled home Jamal Campbell-Ryce's set piece from close range after John Brayford had been fouled.Colchester, who had earlier seen Sammie Szmodics force a superb near-post save from Iain Turner, created numerous promising situations of their own with former United striker Chris Porter seeing an angled drive palmed away to safety midway through the first half.But Done doubled United's advantage when he applied the finishing touches to a memorable 38th minute move.Jamie Murphy cleared the ball to Bob Harris who, spotting his team-mate in space on the opposite side of the pitch, switched play with an inch-perfect 40-yard pass and Done's angled drive left visiting goalkeeper Sam Walker with no chance.Jay McEveley combined with the impressive Coutts to smash home from long range on the hour before Szmodics whipped home beyond Turner.United put the seal on a deserved victory when Briggs tugged back Coutts as he powered into the box which presented Baxter with the opportunity to score his second from the spot.
Sheffield United host Colchester United tonight knowing that three valuable points will be needed as they enter the race for promotion.
This season’s main focus for Sheffield United is to obtain promotion into the Championship, but many fans feel that a good run in the League Cup which saw them eliminated at the semi-final stage to Tottenham Hotspur has hindered their plans to rocket to the next level. There league form isn't too good with just three wins (and two draws) in the last ten matches the Blades have dropped to 7th in the table and all three points tonight will come as a welcoming boost to our promotion push. However they are 18 points away from the top two and after last weekend's disappointing defeat at Gillingham a lot of hard work and wins will be needed to gain promotion automatically.
Late goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Cody McDonald helped Gillingham beat Sheffield United 2-0 in front of new manager Justin Edinburgh. For all their first half industry, the Blades were punished after the break as boss Nigel Clough cut a forlorn figure at the final whistle following a fifth away league game without a win. Che Adams forced the first proper save of the game in the 21st minute when his low shot from a Jamie Murphy cross was tipped wide by Stuart Nelson.
Gillingham, who announced the appointment of Edinburgh from Newport before kick-off, thought they had taken the lead in the 55th minute as Jake Hessenthaler's low cross was superbly volleyed onto the crossbar by McDonald. The home side were looking much brighter in the second half but wasted another good chance with just over an hour gone when Bradley Dack poked wide after a fine run and cut-back by Gavin Hoyte. The game was becoming more open with both sides pushing forward in search of a winner and Murphy made the most of the space to get behind the Gills defence but his tame shot was easily saved.
Gillingham took the lead with just four minutes remaining when Max Ehmer's long ball was latched onto by substitute McGlashan who coolly slotted the ball under the on-rushing keeper to steal all three points. But there was still time for McDonald to make it two as he smashed in on the counter-attack following McGlashan's lay-off.
Blades boss Nigel Clough will be looking to rotate his squad again for the visit of Colchester. Forward Matty Done is likely to make his debut since he joined from Rochdale on transfer deadline day. Michael Doyle, Marc McNulty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are all looking for recalls whilst Stefan Scougall (knee) and Ryan Flynn (Achillies) remain sidelined.
Colchester United have been slightly rejuvenated since the signing of Chris Porter from Sheffield United and has scored twice in three appearances for the U's. They have beaten Leyton Orient (2-0) and drew at Bradford City (1-1) with four points giving them a valuable edge towards safety away from the relegation zone. However they lost to fellow drop-zone rivals Crewe Alexandra last Saturday despite taking the lead and now lay just in the bottom 4.
Crewe produced a fine second-half display to record a crucial 3-2 victory at fellow strugglers Colchester. Chris Porter went close for Colchester early on while Jamie Ness' shot just missed the target for Crewe, soon after. Colchester took the lead in first-half stoppage-time when Porter chested down Matthew Briggs' pass before lashing home from the edge of the area. Crewe's Lauri Dalla Valle and James Jones both went close for Crewe, early in the second half.
And after Porter had fired into the side netting, the visitors equalised midway through the second half through Jones, who slotted home Dalla Valle's pass from close range after good work by Nicky Ajose. Ajose put Crewe ahead five minutes later when he collected Anthony Grant's pass before shooting home. And Grant made it 3-1 with nine minutes remaining, turning and planting a low shot past Sam Walker. Substitute Jack Marriott pulled a goal back for Colchester with five minutes left after Alex Wynter had helped on a throw but Crewe held on.
The U's will be looking for their fifth unbeaten match away from home when they visit S2 tonight and manager Tony Humes is expected to field an unchanged side. Midfielder Elliott Hewitt will serve the last of a three match suspension. Chris Porter is likely to start against his former club but defender Frankie Kent (knee) is injured.
Blades-Mad Prediction: Sheffield United 3 Colchester United 0