Burton Albion 1-3 Sheffield United

Billy Sharp

Sheffield United moved back to the top of the Championship as two Billy Sharp goals helped them see off Burton.

Sharp opened the scoring from the spot after being felled in the area by Kyle McFadzean, and found the top corner.

The hosts levelled when Matt Palmer found the top corner from 25 yards, but captain Sharp slid home Mark Duffy’s pass to put the Blades back in front.

Leon Clarke hit the post before half-time but was not to be denied, stooping to head home and secure the points.

United’s victory was marred by a serious-looking injury to midfielder Paul Coutts, who was stretchered off just before half-time.

Nigel Clough’s Brewers have lost five matches in a row at the Pirelli Stadium and are just a point above the relegation zone after Bolton’s draw at Preston.

Former Doncaster striker Sharp, 31, now has eight Championship goals to his name, while Clarke’s header moved him onto nine league goals this term.

Chris Wilder’s side will be overtaken at the summit on Saturday if Wolves avoid defeat at Reading.

The Blades also saw Jack O’Connell’s header ruled out and Mark Duffy’s penalty appeal waved away as Clough’s Burton were soundly beaten by his former employers.

Burton manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby: “We were beaten by a better team – a good, confident team gone top of the league and you can see why.

“We didn’t pick up anywhere near enough of the second balls – that’s where the first goal came from.

“There’s quite a few things that stand out, but when you’ve lost five on the bounce at home the biggest glaring factor is a lack of confidence running through the team at the moment.”

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder: “Getting a result that takes us back to the top of the Championship is an outstanding achievement.

“A lot better teams have been turned over here in the last 15 or 16 months so we knew this wasn’t going to be an easy place to come and with Nigel’s connections to the club it always adds an extra little bit to it.

On the injury to Paul Coutts: “We are a fair team and a committed team and unfortunately through the course of games, seasons, careers you pick up these injuries and we have picked up a nasty one.

“We are a bit subdued. It’s a difficult situation because we were outstanding and deservedly won the game.”

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 5McFadzean
  • 23Buxton
  • 6Turner
  • 3WarnockBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMillerat 81′minutes
  • 7Murphy
  • 4AllenSubstituted forScannellat 65′minutes
  • 8Lund
  • 19Palmer
  • 17Sordell
  • 11DyerSubstituted forAkinsat 26′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Scannell
  • 10Akins
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13Ripley
  • 15Naylor
  • 16Varney
  • 18Miller

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 16Carter-Vickers
  • 13Wright
  • 5O’Connell
  • 6Basham
  • 15CouttsSubstituted forLundstramat 45+6′minutes
  • 21DuffySubstituted forCarruthersat 89′minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10SharpSubstituted forBrooksat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 19Stearman
  • 24Lafferty
  • 36Brooks
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
5,167

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Sheffield United 3.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Will Miller.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Samir Carruthers replaces Mark Duffy.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Stephen Warnock.

Attempt missed. David Brooks (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Sheffield United 3. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Fleck with a through ball.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Matthew Lund (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Billy Sharp.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Jake Buxton (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Palmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Sean Scannell replaces Jamie Allen.

Offside, Burton Albion. Ben Turner tries a through ball, but Marvin Sordell is caught offside.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Lund (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Turner with a headed pass.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jake M Wright.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle McFadzean.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jake M Wright.

Foul by John Fleck (Sheffield United).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

goal

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