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12 January 2019 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Wilder braced for R's test

11 January 2019

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Chris Wilder is under no illusions about the challenge the Blades will face at Bramall Lane at the weekend.

United's first win of the season came against QPR at Loftus Road back in August, but Steve McClaren's side have claimed the table in eye-catching style in recent months and arrive in South Yorkshire looking to make further ground on the top six.

The Blades boss commented: "They brought a couple of players in which surprised me because of the transfer embargo people were talking about, but to be fair since then they've done great.

"They've got some really talented players at the top of the pitch, they're in a routine with a settled side and they've got a good blend of youth and experience.

"They're always strong at home, but their away record is impressive. They've won at Forest, drawn at Villa and were narrowly beaten at Leeds.

"I'm sure they will fancy their chances during the second-half of the season of putting a run of results together under an experienced manager and be right amongst it."

On his own side, Wilder added: "We should be nowhere near where we are, so let's keep enjoying it as a football club, the expectation level has continued to keep going up and we've got to handle the pressure of winning games, particularly at home.

"It's all to play for, I've said before plenty of clubs would swap places with us in a heartbeat."

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Blades 1-0 QPR - report

12 January 2019

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United moved into the top two of the Sky Bet Championship, with another home maximum.

David McGoldrick's tenth of the season proved to be enough to see of Steve McClaren's Queens Park Rangers, with United keeping a third straight clean sheet.

For the clash against the R's, Basham returned after suspension, taking the place of Cranie, with new recruits Dowell and Madine amongst the substitutes.

Inside four minutes the Blades should have been ahead. Baldock's diagonal ball found the run of Sharp and the skipper unselfishly laid it off to McGoldrick, but he side-footed his effort wide from a very promising position. United continued to force the issue, with Cousins booked for a late challenge on Fleck.

The game was pretty even, but United registered another attempt on target as Norwood tested Lumley. And in the 37th minute, it was the home side who deservedly put themselves in the lead. Some patient build-up play on the right ended with Norwood whipping in a cross to the near post and MCGOLDRICK got across his marker to header home past Lumley.

The first action of the second-half saw Fleck booked for a foul on Eze which stopped a potential counter-attack. With 22 remaining, Dowell received a warm applause, as he took the place of Duffy. There had been little action of note, with both sides struggling to create any goalscoring opportunities.

QPR looked to break, but Freeman's shot was tame and easy work for Henderson. Dowell was then cautioned for stopping a break. The Blades were denied twice from consecutive corners, with Basham and then Egan seeing headers deflected clear.

Seven minutes remained, as Clarke took the place of Sharp. Stevens found himself in a decent position on the edge of the box, but dragged an effort inches wide. At the other end, Freeman picked the ball up and fired a shot at goal, but thankfully it went wide.

Three minutes of added time were signalled and Stearman was introduced, taking the place of McGoldrick. Wells got to a loose ball first, before Stearman, but fired high and wide as the Blades saw the game out for a fourth consecutive league success.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Sharp (Clarke 83), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Stearman 90), Duffy (Dowell 68).
Unused: Madine, Coutts, Johnson, Moore.

QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Bidwell, Freeman, Cousins (Smith 73), Eze, Scowen (Chair 83), Wszolek (Osayi-Samuel 62), Wells, Lynch, Leistner.
Unused: Ingram, Hall, Manning, Oteh.


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