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Sheff Utd 3-0 Leicester

James Beattie's first-half hat-trick handed Sheffield United their fifth victory in six games.

Patrick Kisnorbo's foul on Billy Sharp saw the defender sent off and although Beattie's penalty was saved by Paul Henderson, he converted the rebound.

Beattie's speculative free-kick doubled the lead and the striker headed Michael Tonge's corner in for his third.

Beattie, Matthew Kilgallon, Tonge and Jon Stead all missed chances to reap further misery on the visitors.


  • Sheffield United assistant manager Sam Ellis:
    "It was a good start which we were delighted with - we went forward, created chances and all in all gave a very good performance.

    "All three goals came from set-pieces, which was satisfying. We were pleased with the attitude of the players as well.

    "It was important that we kept our heads because we got caught on the break twice.

    "There could have been a problem if we had been sloppy in the second half, but the players were very professional."

  • Leicester boss Ian Holloway [on Patrick Kisnorbo's red card]:
    "It was yet another terrible decision, an absolute embarrassment. I just want these people to get these things right.

    "I've looked at it and there was daylight between when Billy Sharp kicked the ball and when he fell on the floor. There was no contact, no nothing.

    "It was one decision which changed the whole course of the game. I'm just very disappointed that we didn't get anything out of the game."

    "We have got four games left and we've got to be strong and do better than we did today."


    Sheff Utd: Bennett, Naysmith, Halls, Ehiogu, Kilgallon, Cotterill (Gillespie 86), Speed, Tonge (Law 89), Quinn, Beattie (Stead 67), Sharp.
    Subs Not Used: Carney, Geary.

    Booked: Halls.

    Goals: Beattie 12, 14, 19.

    Leicester: Henderson, Kisnorbo, N'Gotty, McAuley (Worley 74), Stearman (James Chambers 64), Mattock, Bell, Wesolowski, Oakley (King 63), Fryatt, Howard.
    Subs Not Used: Douglas, Laczko.

    Sent Off: Kisnorbo (10).

    Booked: Stearman.

    Att: 24,818

    Ref: Mike Pike (Cumbria).


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