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Sharp ends 2018 on a high

30 December 2018

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He led by example, but Billy Sharp was quick to praise United's togetherness following Saturday's 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane.

With the game goalless Chris Basham and then Richie Smallwood were sent off, before Sharp's brace in three minutes, swung the game in the Blades favour, prior to David McGoldrick adding a third.

But the skipper admitted it was a contest which the hosts didn't have all their own way, despite the scoreline.

He commented: "It was a good one to grind out, it might have looked comfortable in the end, but fair play to Blackburn they gave it a go first-half.

"We stayed patient, when they had a man sent off it evened the numbers up and we took our chances to win the game.

"We weren't great with the ball first-half, but at half-time we knew we'd get our spell, we improved and there was only one winner after we'd scored.

Sharp added: "Bash was already a yellow when he handled the ball, but it was harsh, the challenge on me was high but without any real force.

"We took control of the game, we definitely took our chances and that proved the difference, the second goal was crucial so quickly after breaking the deadlock.

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