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27 April 2019 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Wilder hoping skipper is available

25 April 2019

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Chris Wilder is confident skipper Billy Sharp will be involved in Saturday's clash against Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the boss remarked: "We're confident Billy will be involved at the weekend, as you can imagine he's desperate to get back out there.

"But he has to be right, he has to be fit because I'm not going to leave someone off the bench or out of the team if he's not right.

"If he is right he will be in the 18 and I will look at it on Friday after training to decide whether or not he starts, he has to be honest and he will be.

"I've got the likes of Coutts and Freeman who are desperate to be involved, but the difficult task of picking the right team falls on me and I have to get that right."

The Blades boss then went on to praise his coaching staff, by adding: "I always say it's away from the lights is where the work is done and we've got a big sign in the gym reminding everyone of that.

"There are a lot of people who play a big part in our success, there's Alan (Knill), Darren (Ward) and Matt (Prestridge) in terms of senior staff, but there is a host of others who work diligently and honestly to prepare the players.

"At good football clubs the team is underpinned by a fantastic group of staff who work all hours to achieve and help the players."

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Blades 2-0 Ipswich - report

27 April 2019

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United moved another step closer to the top-flight with victory over Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane.

A goal in each half from Scott Hogan and Jack O'Connell sealed a third straight victory to put the Blades top of the Sky Bet Championship.

For the clash against Town, boss Wilder made one change, with Basham returning to the starting XI, Cranie dropped to the bench, where he was joined by skipper Sharp.

United were immediately on the attack, with McGoldrick inches away from opening the scoring from Basham's cross. Then another crossing opportunity was fashioned, but Duffy's low centre evaded everyone. The waves of pressure kept coming, but Hogan failed to capitalise on a mistake from Chambers.

Midway through the first-half the visitors enjoyed a spell of possession, with O'Connell blocking an effort from Bishop. But in the 24th minute it was the Blades who took a deserved lead. Duffy found O'Connell overlapping on the left and his low cross was side-footed home by HOGAN, who had got across the front of his marker.

The half hour ticked by and only a block from Nsiala denied Norwood adding a second, from a quickly taken corner. McGoldrick then picked out the run of a marauding Baldock, but the wing-back was denied by Gerken.

The first-half ended with United again forcing the issue, although tempers threatened to boil over when Judge went in late on O'Connell, resulting in a booking for the midfielder.

The second period began as the first had ended with United pressing for a second and it almost came when Norwood hit the post with Gerken beaten from a free-kick after a foul on Stevens. Norwood won the ball high up the pitch and his cross looked destined to be headed home by McGoldrick, but it nestled in the side-netting.

On 63 minutes, Wilder made his first change and Sharp received a standing ovation as he replaced McGoldrick. And five minutes later, United missed a golden chance to add a second. Norwood's corner found Egan unmarked six yards out, but he headed over. But from the next corner, delivered by Fleck, the Blades did go two goals in front, with O'CONNELL powering home a header on the run, raising high above Gerken.

With 13 minutes left to play, all four sides of Bramall Lane stood as one as Madine replaced McGoldrick. Duffy was the next to receive warm applause as he was withdrawn, with Lundstram entering the field for the final five minutes.

Two minutes of added time were signalled and they passed with incident, as United took another step towards the Premier League.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Hogan (Sharp 63), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Madine 77), Duffy (Lundstram 85).
Unused: Dowell, Stearman, Moore, Cranie.

Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Skuse, Jackson (Dozzell 68), Keane (Chalobah 8) Bishop, Downes, Nsiala, Kenlock, Judge, Bree.
Unused: Elder, Emmanuel, Bialkowski, El Mizouni, Ndaba.

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