Anel Ahmedhodzic scored one and made another as Sheffield United tightened against 10-man Sunderland.
The game turned into a two-minute passage just after the half-hour mark as Sunderland were reduced to 10 men, with the Blades taking the lead.
Dan Neil was dismissed by referee James Linington for bringing down James McAtee on the edge of the box and the hosts cashed in when Ahmedhodzic rose higher to head Oliver Norwood’s left corner powerfully. It was the first goal for the Swedish-born Bosnia-Herzegovina defender in three years.
Summer signing Ahmedhodzic then set up the second goal as Sunderland’s defense fell apart.
Norwood’s pass, intended for Sander Berge, got in the way of Ahmedhodzic, and his drive back from near the right baseline set up Max Lowe’s perfect right-footed shot at the near post.
Sunderland recovered the goal in the 55th minute when a poor pass from John Egan to McAtee was intercepted by Jay Matete and Ross Stewart took advantage of the loose ball, playing Lynden Gooch, who Gooch, who beat Wes Foderingham from outside the area.
But the visitors could find no other way, as Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades recorded their second win in four games this season.
In fact, they could have won by more. Berge came close to restoring United’s two-goal lead when his shot was deflected off the left post, and substitute Oli McBurnie was an immediate threat when he came on.
He hit a straight angled shot to Anthony Patterson, who then made a good save to avoid Norwood’s effort, before thwarting McBurnie twice more.
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- 28McAteeReplaced forStaina 66′minutes
- 7brewerReplaced forKhadraa 66′minutes
- 29NdiayeReplaced forMcBurniea 74′minutesReserved at 90 minutes
- 37To mass
- 13O’NienReserved at 65 minutes
- 6bathReplaced forAlesea 86′minutes
- elevengoochReserved at 72 minutes
- 24neilReserved at 31 minutes
- 8emblemReplaced forHumea 54′minutes
- twentyclarkeReplaced forDiamonda 86′minutes
- twenty-onePritchardReplaced forWrighta 54′minutesReserved at 90 minutes
- 9SimmsReplaced forkill yourselfa 54′minutesReserved at 90 minutes
- 27kill yourself
- james lingington
The match ends, Sheffield United 2, Sunderland 1.
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Sunderland 1.
Bailey Wright (Sunderland) is shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
Reda Khadra (Sheffield United) has been fouled down the right wing.
Foul by Bailey Wright (Sunderland).
Offside, Sunderland. Bailey Wright tries a through ball, but Ajibola Alese is caught offside.
Jay Matete (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
Reda Khadra (Sheffield United) has been fouled on the left flank.
Foul by Jay Matete (Sunderland).
Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United).
Anthony Patterson (Sunderland) has been fouled in the backcourt.
Corner, Sheffield United. Corner committed by Luke O’Nien.
Attempt blocked. Reda Khadra (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the center of the box.
Saved attempt. Clear shot high and through the center of the goal. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from very close range. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield United. Corner committed by Anthony Patterson.
Saved attempt. Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Reda Khadra.
Corner, Sunderland. Corner committed by Anel Ahmedhodzic.
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United) has been fouled in the defensive end.
Dangerous move by Ajibola Alese (Sunderland).