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Sheff Utd   3 - 0   Reading

Sheffield Utd 3-0 Reading

Sheffield Utd 3-0 Reading

Sheffield United produced a clinical display to keep pace in the chase for a play-off spot with a comfortable victory over struggling Reading.

Jonathan Fortune put the hosts ahead with a stinging volley in the 12th minute, and Richard Cresswell made it two before the break with a header.

Keeper Mark Bunn also played his part, saving Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty, which came after a foul on Shane Long.

And Chris Morgan stabbed home with 10 minutes left to wrap up the win.


Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"If it was a school report, it would be 'could do better'. We started so well, but I felt that we took our feet off the pedal.

"It became too easy and we were too sloppy. They are a team full of Premier League players, but you have got to beat teams like that.

"In the end it was thoroughly professional, but I would like to have seen certain things done better."

Reading caretaker manager Brian McDermott:

"They took their chances and we didn't. We have to defend better, but if we keep creating the chances, I am convinced they will start going in.

"We need big hearts. We have 20 games to go now, and it's a massive challenge for all of us.

"I will be speaking to the chairman about my position this week. He texted me before the Burnley game but I have not spoken to him since."

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 3-0 Reading FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Fortune 12
  • Cresswell 42
  • Morgan 80

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 05 Morgan yellow card
    • 16 Taylor (Stewart 51)
    • 33 Fortune
    • 34 Walker
    • 04 Montgomery yellow card
    • 15 Harper yellow card
    • 28 Quinn yellow card
    • 09 Evans (Henderson 79)
    • 17 Cresswell
    • 18 Ward (Yeates 85)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 19 Stewart,
    • 26 Geary,
    • 11 Yeates,
    • 12 Williamson,
    • 07 Henderson,
    • 37 Camara

    Reading

    • 01 Federici
    • 05 Mills
    • 16 Ingimarsson
    • 24 Bertrand
    • 40 Griffin yellow card
    • 04 Cisse (Howard 46 yellow card)
    • 11 McAnuff
    • 20 Karacan (Kebe 74)
    • 25 Sigurdsson
    • 09 Long
    • 36 Thorvaldsson (Rasiak 63)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Hamer,
    • 26 Pearce,
    • 44 Khizanishvili,
    • 14 Kebe,
    • 34 Howard,
    • 18 Church,
    • 23 Rasiak
    Ref: CrossleyAtt: 24,009
    SHEFF UTD
    READING

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 48%
    • Reading 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 5
    • Reading 6

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 4
    • Reading 8

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 5
    • Reading 8

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 17
    • Reading 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:14 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:33 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 90:00+2:36 Foul by Stephen Quinn on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Stephen Quinn. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 87:06 Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 85:52 Corner taken by Jimmy Kebe, Shot from close range by Shane Long misses to the right of the target.
    • 84:50 Substitution Mark Yeates comes on in place of Jamie Ward.
    • 82:59 Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:28 Centre by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Stewart manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:45 Corner taken by Ryan Bertrand, Richard Cresswell makes a clearance.
    • 81:03 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Darius Henderson results in a free kick. Matthew Mills restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:20 Jamie Ward provided the assist for the goal.
    • 79:20 GOAL - Chris MorganSheff Utd 3 - 0 Reading A goal is scored by Chris Morgan from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 3-0 Reading.
    • 78:27 Free kick crossed by Stephen Quinn,
    • 78:27 Substitution Ched Evans goes off and Darius Henderson comes on.
    • 78:27 Booking Brian Howard receives a yellow card.
    • 78:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Howard on Nick Montgomery.
    • 75:58 The ball is swung over by Shane Long, blocked by Jordan Stewart. Corner taken by Ryan Bertrand from the right by-line, Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:25 The ball is sent over by Stephen Quinn, James Harper has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 73:17 Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:17 Substitution Jimmy Kebe is brought on as a substitute for Jem Karacan.
    • 73:17 Booking Caution for Stephen Quinn.
    • 72:57 Stephen Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard.
    • 71:52 Jem Karacan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 70:59 The ball is sent over by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Stewart manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:42 Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 69:52 Foul by Grzegorz Rasiak on Mark Bunn, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:22 Brian Howard crosses the ball, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 68:53 Effort on goal by Ched Evans from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 67:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Kyle Walker. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 66:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans by Ryan Bertrand. Free kick taken by James Harper.
    • 66:03 The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 63:48 Stephen Quinn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 62:38 Substitution Grzegorz Rasiak comes on in place of Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson.
    • 62:38 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Grzegorz Rasiak coming on for Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson.
    • 62:16 Brian Howard produces a cross.
    • 61:42 Booking James Harper goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:10 James Harper challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:56 Chris Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Howard. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from left wing, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 59:20 Centre by Ryan Bertrand, Jonathan Fortune manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:40 Gylfi Sigurdsson decides to take a short corner.
    • 58:24 Centre by Ryan Bertrand, Kyle Walker gets a block in.
    • 58:00 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.
    • 57:47 Brian Howard crosses the ball, Nick Montgomery manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:34 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Bertrand played to the near post, clearance by Stephen Quinn.
    • 55:07 The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Cresswell. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
    • 54:43 Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
    • 53:21 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ryan Bertrand, blocked by Richard Cresswell.
    • 53:21 Booking Chris Morgan receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 52:51 Foul by Chris Morgan on Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson, free kick awarded.
    • 51:27 Jem Karacan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 50:03 Substitution Jordan Stewart on for Andy Taylor.
    • 48:48 Kyle Walker produces a cross, Andy Griffin makes a clearance.
    • 46:52 Booking Nick Montgomery goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 46:25 Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
    • 45:33 Outswinging corner taken by James Harper from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Ivar Ingimarsson. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Brian Howard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kalifa Cisse.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:32 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+2:02 Shane Long has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 45:00+1:36 Ched Evans takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
    • 45:00+0:21 Unfair challenge on Andy Taylor by Shane Long results in a free kick. James Harper takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:07 Ched Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bertrand. Ryan Bertrand restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:39 Foul by Kalifa Cisse on Ched Evans, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nick Montgomery.
    • 43:51 Ryan Bertrand fouled by Ched Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 43:27 The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 41:47 The assist for the goal came from Kyle Walker.
    • 41:47 GOAL - Richard CresswellSheff Utd 2 - 0 Reading Richard Cresswell grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Sheff Utd 2-0 Reading.
    • 40:05 Right-footed shot by Jem Karacan went over the net.
    • 38:29 Penalty taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson is saved by Mark Bunn. Sheff Utd 1-0 Reading.
    • 38:29 Chris Morgan challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 37:28 Ivar Ingimarsson takes a shot. Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:51 The referee gives a free kick against Kyle Walker for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 36:12 Jobi McAnuff challenges Andy Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:18 Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:18 Booking Andy Griffin is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:00 Andy Griffin challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 33:20 Richard Cresswell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 32:47 Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Richard Cresswell results in a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:21 Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Morgan.
    • 31:09 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Bertrand from the right by-line, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 31:02 The ball is sent over by Shane Long, clearance made by Chris Morgan.
    • 29:17 Andy Taylor fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Taylor.
    • 28:19 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Bertrand from the left by-line, Close range header by Ivar Ingimarsson goes over the crossbar.
    • 27:02 Chris Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson. The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, Ivar Ingimarsson takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
    • 23:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Jem Karacan. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:14 The ball is delivered by James Harper, Kalifa Cisse makes a clearance.
    • 22:16 The official flags Richard Cresswell offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
    • 22:02 Andy Taylor produces a cross.
    • 18:45 Andy Griffin delivers the ball, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
    • 17:33 The referee blows for offside against Richard Cresswell. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 15:09 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 14:36 Unfair challenge on Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson by Jonathan Fortune results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
    • 14:01 Foul by Shane Long on Jonathan Fortune, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 11:09 Assist on the goal came from Nick Montgomery.
    • 11:09 GOAL - Jonathan FortuneSheff Utd 1 - 0 Reading Goal scored by Jonathan Fortune from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Reading.
    • 11:09 Nick Montgomery produces a cross,
    • 10:23 James Harper takes the outswinging corner, Jem Karacan makes a clearance.
    • 10:02 Effort on goal by Jamie Ward from 12 yards. Save by Adam Federici.
    • 8:50 The official flags Nick Montgomery offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 7:41 The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Richard Cresswell produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
    • 6:24 James Harper fouled by Kalifa Cisse, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:18 Shane Long has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
    • 3:56 Ched Evans takes a shot. Matthew Mills gets a block in.
    • 3:19 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Harper from the left by-line to the near post, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:05 Andy Taylor produces a cross, clearance by Kalifa Cisse.
    • 2:55 Stephen Quinn sends in a cross, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
    • 2:00 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Taylor from the right by-line, Foul by Ched Evans on Kalifa Cisse, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:44 Andy Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
    • 0:22 Kalifa Cisse concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Quinn. Strike on goal comes in from Ched Evans from the free kick, Matthew Mills gets a block in.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 25 25 52
    2 Nottm Forest 27 24 52
    3 West Brom 26 24 47
    4 Cardiff 26 21 42
    5 Swansea 27 3 42
    6 Sheff Utd 26 6 41
    7 Blackpool 26 10 39
    8 Leicester 25 2 38
    9 Crystal Palace 25 2 37
    10 Middlesbrough 27 7 36
    11 Bristol City 26 -4 35
    12 QPR 26 -3 34
    13 Doncaster 25 0 33
    14 Barnsley 25 -7 33
    15 Preston 25 -4 32
    16 Watford 26 -6 32
    17 Coventry 27 -8 32
    18 Ipswich 26 -6 29
    19 Derby 27 -12 29
    20 Sheff Wed 26 -11 28
    21 Scunthorpe 25 -16 27
    22 Plymouth 25 -13 24
    23 Reading 26 -17 23
    24 Peterborough 27 -17 18