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Sheff Utd 3-0 QPR

Billy Sharp scored a hat-trick as Sheffield United defeated QPR.

Sharp struck with a close-range header from Darius Henderson's flick-on after two minutes and then slotted past Radek Cerny following a Gary Speed pass.

Henderson missed the target while Cerny saved from Michael Tonge before Sharp scored his third from two yards.

Emmanuel Ledesma struck the post with a powerful strike while Dexter Blackstock was denied by keeper Paddy Kenny and later headed over from a corner.


Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"If Billy Sharp keeps scoring like that then I would have paid 10m for him and I think I would have been right to do that.

"Billy didn't get a run in the team and sometimes it takes time to step up a division and establish yourself and understand how defenders are better.

"Billy can, like all youngsters, get a bit carried away. He does want to learn and he wants to be successful for Sheffield United, but he's got to learn how to handle that."

QPR boss Iain Dowie:
"Our inability to defend set plays cost us dearly. We're one of the biggest teams on the planet, so it's bizarre.

"Although we pressed in the second half we fell to another set-piece, which really sticks in the throat.

"I think we've got enough ability to cope. We don't want to overreact because we've had a mad 20 minutes today."


Sheff Utd: Kenny, Halford (Cotterill 66), Naysmith, Morgan (Ehiogu 34), Kilgallon, Jihai, Speed, Tonge, Quinn, Sharp (Webber 83), Henderson.
Subs Not Used: Stead, Spring.

Booked: Halford.

Goals: Sharp 3, 13, 51.

QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Hall, Gorkss, Connolly, Leigertwood, Parejo, Cook (Alberti 80), Ledesma, Balanta (Di Carmine 46), Blackstock.
Subs Not Used: Camp, Stewart, Mahon.

Att: 25,273

Ref: Graham Laws (Tyne & Wear).




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