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PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD UNITED V TOWN

13 October 2017

A look at Town's trip to Bramall Lane at the weekend

Sheffield United are third in the Championship with seven wins from their opening 11 games. Town have dropped to eighth following defeat at home to Bristol City before the international break, but could join the Blades on 21 points with a win this weekend.

League form

Sheffield United – W L W W L. Points from last five: 9/15.

United’s good run of form, including an impressive away win over bitter rivals Wednesday, was halted with defeat at Nottingham Forest last time out. Chris Wilder’s men, along with Town, are yet to draw a game this season.

Bolton (A) W 1-0

Norwich (H) L 1-0

Sheff Wed (A) W 4-2

Wolves (H) W 2-0

Nottingham Forest (A) L2-1

 

Town – L W L W L. Points from last five: 6/15.

If the recent pattern of results continues on Saturday, Town will take the three points!

QPR (A) L 2-1

Bolton (H) W 2-0

Leeds (A) L 3-2

Sunderland (H) W 5-2

Bristol City (H) L 3-1

 

Previous meetings at Bramall Lane:

Sheff Utd 1-2 Town 06.11.10

Sheff Utd 3-3 Town 29.09.09

Sheff Utd 2-0 Town 04.04.09

Sheff Utd 3-1 Town 06.11.07

Sheff Utd 2-0 Town 10.09.05

Last time we met: Ipswich 3-0 Sheff Utd 05/02/11
Town brushed United aside at Portman Road in 2011, with the visitors finishing with nine men. Damien Delaney, David Norris and a fantastic late solo effort from Connor Wickham sealed all three points for Paul Jewell’s side. Rob Kozluk and Liam Williamson were sent-off for Micky Adams’ Blades.

One to watch: John Fleck.
Fleck’s good start to the season has been rewarded with a new four-year contract. The midfielder was pivotal in helping United win the League One title last term and has risen to the Championship challenge well, having played every minute of the Blades’ campaign so far and notching one goal.

Could be the difference: Town’s conversion rate on the road.
Blues have finished 20 per cent of their chances away from Portman Road this campaign and will be looking to post impressive figures on Saturday.

Match officials:
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant referee: Daniel Robathan
Assistant referee: Jonathan Hunt
Fourth official: Duncan Street

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SHEFF UTD 1 TOWN 0

14 October 2017

Basham header gives Blades the points

 

Town had chances at Bramall Lane with Martyn Waghorn hitting the bar from distance but the Blades took the points to go joint top of the Championship.

Chris Basham’s header early in the second-half proved the decisive moment after David McGoldrick had gone closest to breaking the deadlock before the break.

Waghorn struck the bar with a fierce right foot effort as Town threatened an immediate reply, with the former Sunderland frontman also going close with a low drive but Blues couldn’t find a way to goal.

Adam Webster came in for his first League start since January after recovering from an ankle ligament injury but a knee problem saw Joe Garner miss out for the first time in the Championship this season.

Webster was immediately in the action, clearing from Leon Clarke inside the Town box, then the defender was in the right place to avert the danger after Billy Sharp had found space 12 yards out.

At the other end, McGoldrick was thwarted after weaving his way into the United box, Waghorn unable to make anything from the loose ball.

The Blades had a flurry of corners in quick succession, Basham almost getting on the end of cross with a header, then Clarke crowded out.

Webster, again, was in the right place to clear from Enda Stevens’ cross, Jonas Knudsen doing the same from a probing ball from Mark Duffy as the Blades edged the opening exchanges.

Clarke couldn’t get his shot in after Sharp had set him up, McGoldrick then skimming a cross just in front of Grant Ward.

Waghorn’s fierce left footer was pushed behind by Jamal Blackman, Knudsen heading over from the resultant corner as Town began to carve out openings and McGoldrick was inches wide from close range.

Sheffield were forced into a change just past the half hour when Kieron Freeman was carried off on a stretcher, Jake Wright the replacement.

Bart Bialkowski did well to punch clear at full stretch from Duffy’s cross as Sharp lurked at the far post, Knudsen then doing superbly to divert Sharp’s cross back to his ‘keeper with Clarke looking certain to score.

McGoldrick was close to taking the ball off Blackman on the edge of the box as the Blades’ ‘keeper waited for possession in the final action of an even first-half.

United were ahead though four minutes into the second-half, Basham getting on the end of the influential John Fleck’s cross and leaving Bialkowski with no chance.

Town were so close to an immediate equaliser, McGoldrick initially forced away from danger when he looked to be in, Tristan Nydam fed Waghorn and he smashed a right foot curler against the bar.

Flynn Downes replaced Myles Kenlock just before the hour in Town’s first change, Clarke then levelling the woodwork count with a fierce volley against Blues’ bar.

McGoldrick showed a lovely weight of pass to release Waghorn, the signing from Rangers just wide of the far post with his shot, while at the other end Luke Chambers cancelled out the threat as Clarke looked to bustle in on goal.

Sharp made way for David Brooks in Sheffield’s second change midway through the half, the youngster brought down by Knudsen inside a minute of going on, the Danish international yellow carded.

Town made a double change for the last 20 minutes, Bersant Celina replacing McGoldrick and Freddie Sears on for Nydam. Celina heading over from a corner with his first touch.

Brooks was wide from the edge of the box, Clarke’s header from Duffy’s cross saved by Bialkowski as Sheffield edged to the three points.

Sheff Utd: Blackman, Stevens, Fleck, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Clarke, Sharp (Brooks 68), Carter-Vickers, Freeman (Wright 32), Duffy (Lafferty 85). Subs not used: Moore, Donaldson, Hanson, Carruthers. Booked: Clarke, Carter-Vickers

Town: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Kenlock (Downes 58), Skuse, Ward, Nydam (Sears 71), McGoldrick (Celina 71), Waghorn. Subs not used: Gerken, Smith, Spence, Connolly. Booked: Knudsen.

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