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SHEFFIELD UNITED 3 BRADFORD CITY 0

17 April 2017

at Bramall Lane
Kick Off: 12.15pm
Bradford City 0
Sheffield United 3 (Clarke 13, 42, Sharp 20) 
Sky Bet League One
Monday 17 April 2017

Attendance: 26,838 (2,109 visitors)

Stuart McCall's Bantams suffered a difficult afternoon at the home of the newly-crowned champions, as a jubilant Sheffield United side celebrated their deserved title success with a dominant display.

The damage for City was all done in the first period, with the Blades netting three unanswered goals in the Yorkshire derby before the break.

Goals from United strikers Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp put the hosts in the driving seat by the twenty-minute mark. 

McCall responded by bringing on Alex Jones for Timothee Dieng shortly afterwards. The substitution did spark some response from the Bantams as Charlie Wyke and James Meredith went close but United still managed to make the game safe shortly before the break.

Clarke netted his second of the game and the Blades' third for the afternoon three minutes before the interval after he was picked out by Sharp following a swift counter-attack from the home side.

Looking for some consolation in the second period, City began brightly after the restart and Tony McMahon forced a decent save out of Blades' shot-stopper Simon Moore.

Despite City's best efforts though, United still looked comfortable as the game progressed and they could have troubled the scorers again on more than one occasion through Sharp.

The Bantams had one last chance to pull a goal back two minutes from the end but McMahon fired over from a decent position inside the box.

FT: Sheffield United 3 Bradford City 0
90min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: Jones picks out McMahon inside the box but the defender's fires over with a rising drive by Moore's near post.
86min: Sharp tries to turn away from McArdle following Carruthers' low near post cross but the striker's low angled drive is blocked behind by the City defender.
85min: A superb passing move from the hosts plays Sharp into a shooting space by the left hand channel of City's penalty area. Sharp's low angled drive is pushed away by Doyle by his near post, Basham twice tries to fire in on the rebound but the City 'keeper eventually gathers up.
85min: Fleck's cross into the box finds Sharp but the striker's downward header is gathered up by Doyle at the second attempt.
79min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booked for the Blades after catching Knight-Percival as the pair contested for an aerial ball just inside City territory.
78min: Wyke heads over from a Marshall cross into the box, with the City striker actually penalised for a push in the build-up.
77min: United work a short corner but Fleck's shot into the box from the edge of the area is blocked away.
68min: YELLOW CARD - Vincelot is booked for a late tackle on Coutts midway into United's half of the pitch.
67min: Freeman pulls the ball back from a wide position by the byline. The delivery goes past Doyle but City manage to eventually crowd out Sharp before the striker can look to fire for goal.
66min: SUB - United bring on Samir Carruthers for Duffy.
65min: McMahon's wide free-kick delivery lands in the path of Law via the head of a United defender. Law fires across the box with his left foot but the effort is blocked away.
60min: Jones looks to pull the ball back to Wyke from a wide position by the byline but the attempted cross is blocked by Wright and Moore is able to dive on the ball.
58min: YELLOW CARD - Coutts is booked for a late tackle on Wyke just inside City's half of the pitch.
56min: Doyle's big kick forward is volleyed back towards goal by Basham from the half-way line. The effort deflects up off the head of Nathaniel Knight-Percival but Doyle is still in position to gather up on the bounce.
50min: McMahon lines up a shot from outside the box and Moore has to push the curling effort around the post for a corner.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: Sheffield United 3 Bradford City 0 
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
43min: Vincelot fires wide with an effort from outside the box.
42min: GOAL - Sheffield United 3 Bradford City 0 - Clarke puts United firmly in the driving seat shortly before the break with the Blades' third of the afternoon. Springing forward on the counter-attack, Duffy finds Sharp in space inside City's penalty area. Sharp in turn plays the ball across the box to Clarke, taking Doyle out of the picture, and the former Bury striker fires home to pick up his second of the game.
36min: McMahon's cross into the box is flicked on by Wyke but the ball bounces just in front of an unmarked Meredith behind him and out for a goal-kick.
35min: YELLOW CARD - Wright is booked for bringing down Marshall just inside United's half of the pitch after the City winger had tricked his way past the former City defender.
32min: McMahon lofts the ball into the middle from a distance but Wyke can only head upwards while under pressure and Moore gathers easily as the ball comfortably drops down towards his goal.
28min: Wyke sends a downward header narrowly wide of Moore's far post following Marshall's searching cross into the middle.
27min: Marshall's searching cross towards the far post finds James Meredith. The Australian defender brings the ball down in the box but his effort on the stretch lacks the power to overly trouble Moore, who gathers up with relative ease.
26min: Marshall's low cross into the six yard box has Jones interested by the near post but the ball narrowly misses him and goes into the clutches of Simon Moore.
24min: Tony McMahon's threatening corner delivery narrowly misses at least a couple of City players, including Rory McArdle at the far post, as the ball curls out for a goal-kick.
23min: SUB - With the Bantams up against it now in the game, City boss Stuart McCall brings on Alex Jones for Dieng.
21min: YELLOW CARD - Fleck is booked for a late lunge on Cullen over by the near touchline just inside United's half of the pitch.
20min: GOAL - Sheffield United 2 Bradford City 0 - United in a dominant position now as Sharp doubles the hosts' lead. Fleck drives forward deep into City territory before slipping the ball into the path of Sharp inside the box. Sharp gets the ball out of his feet but clipping the ball into the corner as Doyle came out to dive at his feet.
18min: Duffy's low cross into the six yard box is flicked goalwards by Chris Basham but City just about manage to clear the danger.
17min: Romain Vincelot is able to get up onto his feet again despite taking a whack to the head from Doyle. As Vincelot heads behind from a Duffy cross, Doyle comes out to punch clear the ball and heads up hitting the skipper instead.
14min: Mark Duffy's cross finds Daniel Lafferty but the wing back's looping header drops onto the roof of Doyle's net.
13min: GOAL - Sheffield United 1 Bradford City 0 - Leon Clarke gives the hosts the lead with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box. O'Connell's drive forward causes problems for the home side, the ball eventually drops into the path of Clarke and the striker coolly slots into the bottom corner.
12min: Fleck's corner is met by Jack O'Connell but the defender's downward header bounces up nicely into the grasp of Doyle.
11min: James Meredith keeps the ball alive in United's penalty area but Timothee Dieng's shot for goal is blocked by a diving tackle from Jake Wright.
8min: John Fleck has the ball at his feet over by United's left flank. Those in the middle are expecting a cross but Fleck fires for goal and his fierce rising drive has to be pushed behind by his near post by Colin Doyle.
0min: Sheffield United kick off the match in front of a bumper crowd here at Bramall Lane. The Bantams will begin the game in a 3-5-2 formation.


SHEFFIELD UNITED LINE UP:
Moore, Freeman, Wright, Basham, O'Connell, Lafferty, Fleck, Coutts, Duffy, Clarke, Sharp

Subs: Long, McNulty, Ebanks-Landell, Done, O'Shea, Chapman, Carruthers

Sheffield United substitutions:
Carruthers for Duffy (66)

Sheffield United cautions:
Fleck (21), Wright (35), Coutts (58), Clarke (79)



BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Vincelot, Meredith, Dieng, Law, Cullen, Marshall, Wyke

Subs: Sattelmaier, Darby, Toner, Clarke, Hiwula, Jones, Devine

Bradford City substitutions:
Jones for Dieng (23)

Bradford City cautions:
Vincelot (68)


MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee: P Tierney
Assistant Referee: M Wilkes
Assistant Referee: D Bryan
Fourth Official: G Eltringham


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