April 9, 2013
Blades blunted by Crawley
Billy Clarke and Paul Hayes bagged late goals as Crawley capitalised on defensive mistakes to dent Sheffield United's automatic promotion hopes with a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane.
Former Blades loanee Clarke tapped in with 13 minutes remaining following an error by United defender Neill Collins before substitute Hayes seized on Harry Maguire's hesitation to seal it.
The home side twice hit the woodwork but failed to score at home for a fourth successive game.
Winger Ryan Flynn almost broke the deadlock four minutes before the interval but his low angled drive from the right rebounded off Paul Jones' far post.
Crawley forward Clarke was denied on the stroke of half-time when his close-range header was instinctively repelled by George Long.
Blades captain Michael Doyle rattled the Crawley woodwork for a second time minutes after the restart as his dipping left-foot volley thumped off the right-hand upright.
But the visitors went on to win it as striker Hayes robbed Collins midway inside the United half to set up Clarke before sliding in the second after dispossessing Maguire on the edge of the box.
|Sheffield United||Crawley Town|
|25 George Long||1 Paul Jones|
|6 Matthew Hill||13 David Hunt|
|15 Neill Collins||3 Mathew Sadler|
|4 Danny Higginbotham||12 Joe Walsh|
|5 Harry Maguire||6 Connor Essam|
|8 Michael Doyle||15 Dannie Bulman|
|11 Kevin McDonald||7 Billy Clarke|
|7 Ryan Flynn||16 Nicky Adams|
|14 Dave Kitson||8 Sergio Torres|
|16 Jonathan Forte||21 Mike Jones|
|23 Jamie Murphy||14 Jamie Proctor|
|35 Danny Coyne||Johnny Maddison 25|
|2 Darryl Westlake||Mark Connolly 4|
|32 Terry Kennedy||Mustapha Dumbuya 2|
|19 Barry Robson||Alex Malins 29|
|9 Chris Porter||Paul Hayes 28|
|24 Joe Ironside||Lateef Elford-Alliyu 20|
|26 Callum McFadzean||Aiden O'Brien 19|
|Chris Porter for Jonathan Forte (66)||Paul Hayes for Jamie Proctor (70)|
|Callum McFadzean for Jamie Murphy (66)||Mark Connolly for Billy Clarke (86)|
|Barry Robson for Michael Doyle (83)||Aiden O'Brien for Sergio Torres (88)|
|Dave Kitson (79)|
|· Squads: Sheffield United | Crawley Town|