MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 00:52:41
Feb 27, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,769
Reading
1-3
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Richards (51')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Sharp (11', 63'), Duffy (44')

Result: Billy Sharp bags brace as Sheffield United win at Reading

Sheffield United climb back into the Championship's playoff places as Billy Sharp's brace helps secure a 3-1 win at Reading on Tuesday night.

Sheffield United have climbed into the Championship's playoff places thanks to a 3-1 win at Reading on Tuesday night.

The Blades began brightly at the Madejski Stadium, Leon Clarke spurning two chances in the opening stages of the match, before the deadlock was broken on 11 minutes.

Clarke was involved again as he whipped a cross into the six-yard box for Billy Sharp, who forced a save from Vito Mannone before prodding home at the second attempt.

The Royals struggled to cope with United's attacks and they duly conceded a second goal on the stroke of half time.

Mark Duffy cut in from the left and, from the edge of the area, rifled a ferocious effort towards goal which beat Mannone at his near post.

Jaap Stam's men were booed as the half-time whistle blew but they claimed a lifeline when, on 52 minutes, Omar Richards converted from a tight angle after Leandro Bacuna's free kick was parried by substitute goalkeeper Simon Moore.

Reading then had a chance to draw level when Liam Kelly was brought down on the edge of the Sheffield United box for a penalty, but Bacuna's spot kick was parried behind by Moore.

Just moments after almost claiming an equaliser, the hosts fell two goals behind again as Sharp ran on to a diagonal ball from John Fleck and volleyed home his second of the game.

The Blades had to be alert in the final stages of the encounter as Chris Martin drilled a low effort wide from a dangerous position, but the final whistle eventually blew on a three-point haul for the Yorkshire side.

Victory for United puts them sixth in the Championship table, while Reading remain 18th in the standings.

READING (4-4-2): Mannone; Bacuna (Evans 67'), Gunter, Moore, Ilori (Smith 74'); Van den Berg, Clement, Kelly, McCleary (Richards 6'); Bodvarsson, Martin

SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-4-1-2): Blackman (Moore 34'); Basham, Stearman, O'Connell; Baldock, Evans, Fleck, Stevens; Duffy (Leonard 82'); Clarke (Donaldson 34'), Sharp

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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