Sheffield United 2 Charlton 1: I want Blades to be ruthless, urges Wilder

Sheffield United team-mates celebrate the winning goal.
Sheffield United team-mates celebrate the winning goal.
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Sheffield United pulled 10 points clear of the chasing pack after beating Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane today.

The Blades are 10 points clear of third-placed Fleetwood with eight games remaining.

But it was the visitors who took the lead in the third minute, Ricky Holmes firing home from a free-kick.

It was reward for a positive start from Charlton, kicking towards the Kop.

Tony Watt’s overhead kick smashed against the crossbar and then Blades keeper Simon Moore had to be alert as Ezri Konsa barged through before shooting goalwards.

United were struggling to get out of their own half in the first 10 minutes.

But out of nothing, the Blades were level on 14 minutes.

Mark Duffy’s cross from the right flank was headed home by Jack O’Connell.

Jake Forster-Caskey was a thorn in United’s side, as the visitors played some slick football - Watt forcing a smart save from Moore, after cutting inside.

While John Fleck was furious he did not earn a penalty after going tumbling under a challenge in the Charlton box.

Fleck and James Hanson were inches away from converting Billy Sharp’s teasing low cross, just before half-time, but somehow neither could get a touch on the ball as they went sliding in.

United took the lead, Daniel Lafferty seeing his header saved by Declan Rudd - from Kieron Freeman’s cross - before knocking in the rebound.

Konsa spurned a great chance to level, but miscued his shot with the goal gaping.

United came close to adding a third when Chris Basham headed over, before captain Sharp fired into the side netting.

The game became stretched in the final 10 minutes with both sides looking for a fourth goal, but United saw out the match to clinch another vital three points.

Blades boss Chris Wilder was delighted with his side’s reaction to going behind early in the contest.

“I am not surprised at my team’s reaction to disappointment. Every game we show it, week in week out,” he said. “Whether it is Charlton at home or Rochdale away. Every week we turn up.

“If we are good we usually get a result because we have got good players and if we don’t play well we usually have enough about us to get something.

“That was a tough old game, they have got some really good players, we have got proper players. They deserve all the plaudits that are being thrown at them.

“I want us to be relentless and ruthless and keep the hammer down until the end of the season. The run we are on at the moment is really good and we want to keep that going.”

Blades: Moore, Fleck, O’Connell, Basham, Sharp, Coutts, Hanson, Freeman, Ebaks-Landell, Duffy, Lafferty. Subs: Long, Lavery, Done, Wright, O’Shea, Chapman, Carruthers.