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U21s 2-1 Coventry - report

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16:00 18th November 2013

Strikers Harry Bunn and Joe Ironside were on target as the Blades recorded another U21s league victory on Monday afternoon.


The Blades faced Coventry in a hastily-arranged fixture, staged at Sandy Lane - the home of Worksop Town. Nigel Clough and his Coventry counterpart, Steven Pressley, were both in attendance.


United's line-up was powerful and included triallist Keith Fahey and the home side made most of the running throughout, although Coventry pushed for an equaliser late on.


In wet conditions, the first chance fell to Baxter but he shot at goalkeeper Burge, whilst Coady did likewise after robbing Haynes.


Bunn forced another save from Burge after Fahey's cross whilst Coventry's first chance - an off target shot from Daniels - preceded the Blades taking the lead on 34 minutes. A neat build up saw Baxter enable Coady to deliver a low cross from the right and BUNN slid in at the back post to convert.


The Blades had further chances to extend the lead before the break but long-range efforts from Coady and McFadzean failed to trouble Burge.


United doubled the advantage with the first serious attempt on goal in the second half. With 55 minutes gone, Baxter was again involved, this time setting up McFadzean to drill across the box and IRONSIDE bundled in from close range to earn a reward for his hard-working display.


The second goal was the catalyst for Coventry to push forward. An effort from Thomas was saved by United's Willis and the same visiting player headed wide.


Coventry did pull a goal back on 68 minutes when LOZA slid the ball home after two fortunate ricochets but despite a spell of pressure, they were unable to cause additional problems for Willis and his defence.


In fact, the final chance fell to the Blades but efforts from goalscorers Bunn and Ironside, in the same move, were repelled by goalkeeper Burge.


Blades: Willis, Hodder, McFadzean (Whiteman 71), Westlake, Kennedy, Fahey, Coady (Smith 60), Cuvelier, Bunn, Ironside, Baxter (Johns 60).
Unused: Owen, Cheeseman.

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