Feb 27, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 6,769
Reading
1-3
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Richards (51')
van den Berg (57'), Mannone (64'), Clement (70')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Sharp (11', 63'), Duffy (44')
Basham (50'), Donaldson (83')

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

Share this article now:
Helder Costa in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers on October 24, 2017
Read Next:
Championship roundup: Wolves extend lead
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CWolverhampton WanderersWolves46309782394399
3Fulham462513879463388
4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby CountyDerby4620151170482275
7Preston North EndPreston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd46209176255769
11Bristol City461716136758967
12Ipswich TownIpswich46179205760-360
13Leeds UnitedLeeds46179205964-560
14Norwich CityNorwich461515164960-1160
15Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461415175960-157
16Queens Park RangersQPR461511205870-1256
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest46158235165-1453
18Hull City461116197070049
19Birmingham CityBirmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton WanderersBolton461013233974-3543
RBarnsley46914234872-2441
RBurton Albion461011253881-4341
RSunderland46716235280-2837

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account