A PRICELESS 87TH-minute strike from Billy Sharp kept Sheffield United’s slim play-off League One hopes alive with a dramatic 3-2 win over relegation-haunted Crewe Alexandra.
The predatory striker headed in his 17th goal of the season from close range following sub Louis Reed’s cross - the final telling act of a dramatic second half.
In a see-saw game, United completely dominated the first period and led thanks to Che Adams’ tenth goal of the campaign on 18 minutes.
But after being poor in the first half, Crewe improved markedly on the restart, but found themselves 2-0 down just after the hour mark through Ryan Flynn’s acrobatic close-range effort.
But the Railwaymen gave themselves a lifeline on 68 minutes when David Fox fired home a crisp 20-yarder and a leveller was forged eight minutes from time when captain Harry Davis cashed in on non-existent marking to turn in sub Callum Ainley’s cross.
Sharp then applied the balm with an instinctive strike from the Blades and despite Charlie Kirk and Oliver Turton going desperately close to a leveller late on, the nervy hosts held out.