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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:40 21st October 2014

Blades 2-0 Yeovil - report

United's impressive home run continued with a comfortable victory over Yeovil Town.


Scotsmen Marc McNulty and Jamie Murphy scored the goals but teenager Louis Reed had a hand in both.


Manager Clough made three changes from the weekend's victory, two presumably enforced due to injury. In came McNulty, McGahey and Reed, McEveley and McCarthy missed out. Baxter dropped to the bench and was joined by Higdon, back after suspension, and Kennedy, included for the first time this season.


The make-up of the team could have been of interest to Blades fans and it was quickly clear that Basham was operating at central defence for the first time in a league game.


From Yeovil's second corner of the evening, inside the opening ten minutes, Hayter fired over after Nugent had headed down Ralph's delivery, whilst United's first chance was a result of Scougall and Harris linking up but Murphy's pull back, after beating Twumasi, eluded everyone.


United, though, did snatch the lead on 14 minutes. The patience of Murphy and Harris down the left was rewarded when Reed's 20-yard shot was parried by goalkeeper Krysiak and McNULTY was the first to react to lift home the loose ball.


Harris needed to be alert to slide in to prevent Hiwula and United had a couple of opportunities to extend the lead when Scougall and McNulty almost found space behind the visiting defence.


As half-time approached there were a couple of nervy moments in the Blades defence, including a header from Hiwula, which squirted under Howard, but the goalkeeper held a 25-yard shot from Gillett in injury-time.


The start of the second half was scrappy with both sides giving away possession too often for the liking of their respective managers. Campbell-Ryce drilled in a cross which hit Reed and was just wide and McGahey made a couple of timely interventions before a mix-up between him and Howard caused a lot of Blades fans to hold their breath.


Clough made a double change on 62 minutes, introducing Flynn and Higdon, and the Blades made it two with the first piece of real quality in the second half. Reed's 30-yard crossfield ball was perfect for the run of MURPHY, who took the ball on his chest and cut across his marker before beating goalkeeper Krysiak with an early side-foot into the net.


Baxter replaced Scougall as United's last change but the next serious chance fell to the visitors. On 80 minutes, from a Davis cross, a Dawson flicked header flew just past Howard's far post.


Late on Baxter's long-ranger was just wide of Krysiak's right post and three minutes of injury-time passed without incident to ensure another three points were safely tucked away in the bag,


Blades: Howard, Alcock, Harris, Basham, Doyle, Murphy, Scougall (Baxter 72), McNulty (Higdon 62), McGahey, Campbell-Ryce (Flynn 62), Reed.
Unused: McGinn, Davies, Turner, Kennedy.


Yeovil: Krysiak, Edwards, Hayter (Foley 74), Twumasi, Ralph (Smith 81), Grant (Dawson 45), Davis, Nugent, Gillett, Inniss, Hiwula.
Unused: Weale, Moloney, Martin.