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Sheff Utd   2 - 0   Leeds

Highlights - Sheffield United v Leeds

Sheff Utd 2-0 Leeds

Sheffield United boosted their survival hopes with a crucial win over Leeds.

The Blades remain in the bottom three but the result puts the pressure back on the teams above them, while denting Leeds's hopes of automatic promotion.

They took the lead after the break when Leeds defender Eric Lichaj unluckily turned in Nick Montgomery's effort.

Bjorn Helge Riise scored the second when he tucked into the bottom right before Leeds substitute Billy Paynter was sent off for violent conduct.

It was a welcome and hugely deserved three points against the Championship's top scorers, who have now gone two games without a goal as their quest for the second automatic promotion spot shows further signs of wobbling.

Having ended a miserable run of 13 games without a win in their last home game against Nottingham Forest, the hosts began in lively fashion as Matt Lowton headed a corner straight into the hands of keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Leeds, though, also looked dangerous on the break and Max Gradel was wasteful when he drifted into the box to nod Lichaj's cross wide of the target.

Schmeichel again had to be on his toes to keep out Daniel Bogdanovic, and the keeper produced more acrobatics when he tipped over a rising half-volley from Stephen Quinn and punched over a fierce drive by Ched Evans.

Just before the hour, the deadlock was broken when Quinn cleverly set up Montgomery, whose cross was turned into his own goal by Lichaj.

And the match was effectively settled on 73 minutes when Riise, on loan from Fulham, collected a pass from Quinn to bury the ball home from close range having only been on the pitch for two minutes.

The misery continued for the visitors, who had Paynter sent off in the closing stages following an altercation with Shane Lowry, with the Australian defender claiming he had been stamped on.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 2-0 Leeds FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Lichaj (og) 55
  • Riise 74

    Sheff Utd

    • 01 Simonsen
    • 03 Nosworthy
    • 20 Mattock
    • 21 Lowry yellow card
    • 34 Lowton
    • 04 Montgomery (Riise 72)
    • 08 Doyle
    • 28 Quinn
    • 09 Evans yellow card (Cresswell 83)
    • 10 Bogdanovic (Yeates 90)
    • 19 Vokes

    Substitutes

    • 13 Aksalu,
    • 22 Kozluk,
    • 40 Maguire,
    • 11 Yeates,
    • 38 Riise,
    • 17 Cresswell,
    • 37 Bent

    Leeds

    • 01 Schmeichel
    • 20 Lichaj
    • 26 Bromby
    • 29 McCartney (Somma 75)
    • 40 O'Brien yellow card
    • 07 Gradel
    • 14 Howson
    • 16 Johnson
    • 25 Bannan
    • 10 Becchio (Paynter 67 red card)
    • 23 Snodgrass (Watt 84)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Higgs,
    • 04 Bruce,
    • 06 Naylor,
    • 08 Kilkenny,
    • 09 Paynter,
    • 18 Watt,
    • 27 Somma
    Ref: JonesAtt: 23,728
    SHEFF UTD
    LEEDS

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 49%
    • Leeds 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 10
    • Leeds 1

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Leeds 7

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 5
    • Leeds 2

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 7
    • Leeds 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:27 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+5:03 Mark Yeates fouled by Max Gradel, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:45 Foul by Davide Somma on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:56 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Mark Yeates coming on for Daniel Bogdanovic.
    • 89:37 Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 89:32 The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 88:36 Sent off Red card for Billy Paynter.
    • 88:25 Billy Paynter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Lowry. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:01 Booking Shane Lowry booked.
    • 86:48 Max Gradel produces a cross, clearance by Richard Cresswell.
    • 86:05 Sam Vokes is ruled offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 85:25 Max Gradel crosses the ball.
    • 84:21 Handball by Billy Paynter. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
    • 83:04 Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Sanchez Watt coming on for Robert Snodgrass.
    • 82:37 Substitution Ched Evans leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Cresswell.
    • 81:36 Max Gradel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bjorn Helge Riise. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 79:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Mattock on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan, save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 78:41 The ball is delivered by Eric Lichaj.
    • 78:16 The ball is swung over by Bjorn Helge Riise, Leigh Bromby gets a block in.
    • 77:28 Centre by Eric Lichaj, Steve Simonsen makes a save.
    • 77:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Bogdanovic on Eric Lichaj. Robert Snodgrass restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:02 Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:55 A cross is delivered by Barry Bannan, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
    • 74:26 Substitution George McCartney goes off and Davide Somma comes on.
    • 73:33 Assist by Stephen Quinn.
    • 73:33 GOAL - Bjorn Helge RiiseSheff Utd 2 - 0 Leeds Bjorn Helge Riise finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-0 Leeds.
    • 73:17 The ball is crossed by Bjorn Helge Riise, Leigh Bromby manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:48 Daniel Bogdanovic takes a shot. Andrew O'Brien gets a block in.
    • 71:28 Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise is brought on as a substitute for Nick Montgomery.
    • 69:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.
    • 68:46 Unfair challenge on Ched Evans by George McCartney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
    • 67:19 Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Andrew O'Brien gets a block in.
    • 66:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Max Gradel. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 66:01 Andrew O'Brien fouled by Ched Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 66:01 Substitution Billy Paynter replaces Luciano Becchio.
    • 65:02 The ball is crossed by Max Gradel, clearance by Matthew Lowton.
    • 63:09 Barry Bannan has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 62:58 Max Gradel delivers the ball, clearance by Matthew Lowton.
    • 59:23 Stephen Quinn produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 58:11 The referee blows for offside against Max Gradel. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
    • 56:32 Handball decision goes against Nick Montgomery. Barry Bannan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 56:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ched Evans on Kasper Schmeichel. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 56:03 Booking Booking for Ched Evans for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:06 Stephen Quinn produces a cross, the assist for the goal came from Nick Montgomery.
    • 54:06 GOAL - Eric LichajSheff Utd 1 - 0 Leeds Eric Lichaj scores an own goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Leeds.
    • 52:45 Foul by Nick Montgomery on George McCartney, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 51:26 Barry Bannan has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
    • 50:48 Shot from just outside the box by Sam Vokes goes over the crossbar.
    • 49:23 Barry Bannan challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 49:16 The ball is crossed by Barry Bannan, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
    • 48:14 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 48:08 The ball is crossed by George McCartney, blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 45:53 Stephen Quinn delivers the ball, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:06 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+0:30 George McCartney sends in a cross, clearance made by Shane Lowry.
    • 44:06 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 43:05 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Bogdanovic, Header from deep inside the area by Sam Vokes goes over the bar.
    • 42:52 Ched Evans takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
    • 40:58 Headed effort on goal by Daniel Bogdanovic from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 39:36 The ball is swung over by Nick Montgomery, Leigh Bromby manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:57 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 38:46 Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
    • 36:20 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn.
    • 35:40 Robert Snodgrass produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 34:51 Nick Montgomery sends in a cross, Daniel Bogdanovic takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 32:49 Max Gradel has a shot and missed to the right of the net.
    • 30:53 Unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:23 Foul by Jonathan Howson on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.
    • 28:58 Corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:48 The ball is sent over by Nick Montgomery, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 28:13 Corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line to the near post, Eric Lichaj makes a clearance.
    • 28:04 Nick Montgomery crosses the ball, Leigh Bromby makes a clearance.
    • 27:52 Centre by Joe Mattock.
    • 26:56 Effort from the edge of the box by Nick Montgomery goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 25:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Ched Evans. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Daniel Bogdanovic from left wing, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 24:20 Foul by Max Gradel on Daniel Bogdanovic, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Quinn from right wing, clearance made by Andrew O'Brien.
    • 21:30 Nick Montgomery produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Sam Vokes misses to the right of the target.
    • 20:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Andrew O'Brien. Free kick crossed right-footed by Daniel Bogdanovic, Andrew O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:20 Booking The referee shows Andrew O'Brien a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 19:11 Nick Montgomery challenges Jonathan Howson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leigh Bromby restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:53 The ball is swung over by Eric Lichaj, Close range headed effort by Max Gradel misses to the right of the target.
    • 15:05 Max Gradel produces a cross, save by Steve Simonsen.
    • 14:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Snodgrass on Michael Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 12:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Bogdanovic by Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
    • 10:45 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn to the near post, Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 8:40 Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Barry Bannan results in a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
    • 6:16 Daniel Bogdanovic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:32 Sam Vokes takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
    • 3:02 Daniel Bogdanovic fouled by Eric Lichaj, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.
    • 2:13 Headed effort on goal by Luciano Becchio from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 0:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Michael Doyle. Bradley Johnson takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:37 Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 38 37 76
    2 Norwich 38 15 67
    3 Swansea 38 17 66
    4 Cardiff 38 14 63
    5 Leeds 38 9 61
    6 Nott'm Forest 38 13 60
    7 Reading 37 18 57
    8 Burnley 37 7 57
    9 Watford 38 14 56
    10 Hull 38 4 56
    11 Leicester 38 0 55
    12 Millwall 38 11 54
    13 Portsmouth 38 2 54
    14 Bristol City 38 -4 50
    15 Ipswich 38 -1 49
    16 Barnsley 38 -11 47
    17 Derby 38 -5 44
    18 Middlesbrough 37 -8 44
    19 Doncaster 38 -18 44
    20 Coventry 38 -9 42
    21 Crystal Palace 38 -22 39
    22 Sheff Utd 38 -25 35
    23 Scunthorpe 38 -35 34
    24 Preston 37 -23 31


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