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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Billy Sharp (4', 90'+8')
  • Johnny Russell (39' OG)
  • Craig Bryson (90'+1')

Sharp leads Blades to victory as Derby run ends

Sheffield United enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Derby County to end the Rams' three-match winning streak.
The Blades led 2-0 at half-time, due to a goal from captain Billy Sharp and a Johnny Russell own goal.
A late Craig Bryson header set up a nervy finish for the Yorkshire side but Sharp capped off the Blades' win.
The Blades took the lead after a bright start, when Derby keeper Scott Carson's attempted pass fell straight to Sharp and he struck low into the bottom left corner in only the fourth minute.
Derby instantly pushed for an equaliser, Russell forcing a tackle from the United defence after dispossessing Paul Coutts and running towards goal.
United had a chance to extend their lead as Coutts' low effort from outside the box went wide of the left-hand post.
Continuing their push for a second, Sharp had a shot blocked after neat build-up play inside the Derby penalty area.
Weimann then fired just over after receiving the ball to the right of the Blades' goal.
United defender Jack O'Connell was booked for stopping a counter-attack by bringing down Weimann as Derby looked to break clear.
Derby were then through on goal after another fast break, but a superb last-ditch tackle from John Fleck denied Matej Vydra as he looked likely to score.
After narrowly missing the United goal with a curling effort, Russell struck into his own net to double the Blades' lead six minutes from half-time as he badly misjudged an attempt to prevent a shot on goal.
Tom Huddlestone had Derby's first real chance of the second half, flashing an effort wide of the post after receiving the ball from a throw-in. Russell then tried to lob Blackman but the keeper collected.
And seconds later, Blades striker Caolan Lavery was replaced by Ched Evans after clashing heads with Marcus Olsson.
Derby sent on Tom Lawrence and Chris Martin in place of Russell and David Nugent but Lawrence was booked almost immediately after a bad foul.
Derby were denied a penalty, and minutes later a low cross from substitute Samir Carruthers flashed just past Sharp.
Johnson was booked for a foul on Carruthers, before Weimann was replaced by Craig Bryson.
Carruthers was forced off due to injury with 10 minutes to go and was replaced by John Lundstram.
Lawrence nearly scored his first goal for the Rams, narrowly missing the top corner, before Carson kept out a low effort from Sharp at the other end.
Bryson pulled a goal back for Derby in stoppage time, heading into the bottom corner.
But Sharp later tapped into an empty net, after Carson had pushed up, to secure the points for the Blades.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 +10 26
2 Cardiff City 12 +7 24
3 Sheffield United 12 +6 24
4 Bristol City 12 +9 21
5 Preston North End 12 +7 21
6 Leeds United 12 +6 20
7 Aston Villa 12 +5 19
8 Norwich City 12 -2 19
9 Fulham 12 +4 18
10 Ipswich Town 11 +3 18
11 Middlesbrough 12 +4 17
12 Sheffield Wednesday 12 +2 16
13 Derby County 11 +2 16
14 Nottingham Forest 12 -6 15
15 Queens Park Rangers 12 -1 14
16 Hull City 12 +3 13
17 Millwall 12 0 13
18 Brentford 12 -1 12
19 Barnsley 11 -2 12
20 Reading 11 -2 12
21 Birmingham City 12 -11 11
22 Burton Albion 12 -17 10
23 Sunderland 12 -9 8
24 Bolton Wanderers 12 -17 5

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