Sheffield United v Rotherham report: Sheffield United Match Report
Sheffield United continued their push for automatic promotion as they beat 10-man Rotherham United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Defender Jack O’Connell gave the Blades the perfect start by placing home Oliver Norwood’s ball in following an early short corner. Wills Vaulks was sent off for Rotherham for a late tackle on George Baldock.
With 16 minutes left, Mark Duffy sealed the deal for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United.
Wilder made four changes to his starting line-up on Saturday from Monday’s draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Out went Kieron Freeman, Billy Sharp, Gary Madine and Kieran Dowell. In came Mark Duffy, David McGoldrick, George Baldock and Scott Hogan for the hosts.
Sheffield United faced their second derby in a space of just five days and couldn’t have asked for a better start at home. The Blades had a chance to take the lead very early through Norwood’s free-kick but goalkeeper Marek Rodak was up for the challenge.
But minutes later, the hosts went ahead with O’Connell calmly slid Norwood’s cross into the far corner of the net giving Rodak absolutely not chance.
Midway through the opening period, McGoldrick dragged an effort wide off the far post. Rotherham looked solid and were clearing everything that came in the box after conceding early until Vaulks’ reckless challenge on Baldock saw them reduced to 10 men.
John Fleck threatened Rotherham’s goal with a left-footed effort which went straight down the throat of Rodak. United dominated the proceedings but Rodak had very little to do during the remainder of the half barring a smart save to deny Norwood.
In the second half, Wilder’s side upped their ante to double their advantage. United were frustrated in their attempts of finding their second and killer goal as Enda Stevens’ header was excellently kept out by Rodak.
But the Rotherham goalkeeper couldn’t do anything when Duffy received Fleck’s pass before unleashing a fierce left-footed shot from just outside the box into the top corner of the left.
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In the final stages of the game, Fleck came close to adding a third but his effort was blocked en-route to goal.
Delighted with a 2-0 success over Rotherham, here’s how the Sheffield United fans reacted on Twitter.
7 home wins on the bounce! 6 clean sheets aswell in a row. UTB⚔️🔜🔛🔝
— Matt Gregory (@Matt_Gregory97) March 9, 2019
And another 3 points
— Jay Crane⚔ (@JayJayCrane) March 9, 2019
— Áléxáñdér (@_AlexHobson_) March 9, 2019
Love this UTB
— JEROME LLOYD JONES (@jonezy1991sheff) March 9, 2019
Keep it up against Brentford 🔴⚪️
— Kyle (@KyleRichmondSU) March 9, 2019
Duffy as not stopped running toped off by a fine strike ⚽️🔥⚔️
— dezilee86 ⚔️ (@dezilee86) March 9, 2019