Sheffield United’s quiet march at the top of the Championship table continued today with a solid victory over Blackburn Rovers as we closed out the 2018 portion of the current campaign.
It was a pretty tight and gritty affair and although the visitors had more of the ball, when we did have it we did far more with it as they only got one effort on target.
After a goalless first half, the game sparked to life in the second period as we lost Chris Basham to two yellow cards six minutes after the restart and Blackburn saw red with 19 minutes remaining.
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Billy Sharp made that count as he completed a brace with goals coming in the 73rd and 77th minute before David McGoldrick secured the three points with a third in the 82nd minute.
The win puts the Blades to within two points of third place in the second tier table.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, manager Chris Wilder explained.
“I’ve got to compliment the opposition for the way they attacked the game in the first half. They freshened it up, had energy on the pitch and it was a bit of a grind for us. They were as good a team for 45 minutes as there’s been at Bramall Lane. They were positive and we found it a bit of a struggle. The outcome of the game, especially when we went down to 10 men…no one would have seen the result coming.”