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BLADES SNEAK WIN

18-Mar 22:58, by Ketts

Charlton could, and should, have taken something from Saturday's game at Bramall Lane.

Charlton's profligacy in front of goal cost them dear at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

They dominated for long periods and spurned some glorious chances. At the other end, they lacked concentration at times.

Karl Robinson dropped Andrew Crofts and Johnnie Jackson to the bench, and Lewis Page's hamstring ruled him out altogether.

‎They were replaced by Nathan Byrne, Ezri Konsa and Jake Forster-Caskey.

‎Robinson again opted for a diamond formation in midfield with Frederik Ulvestad at the base, Konsa and Forster-Caskey in the middle, and Holmes at the tip. 

The Addicks started brightly and took a third minute lead. Forster-Caskey was fouled just outside the box. Up stepped Ricky Holmes to curl a trade mark free-kick past Simon Moore's right-hand. 

Five minutes later, Tony Watt nearly doubled the lead. Patrick Bauer headed Holmes' corner back across the area. Watt met the ball with an acrobatic overhead kick that hit the bar.

Sheffield United levelled after 13 minutes. Centre back, Jack O'Connell, rose unopposed to meet Mark Duffy's cross with a glancing header that gave Declan Rudd no chance.

Lee Novak, Holmes and Watt came close to restoring the visitors' lead, but the sides went in all square at the break.‎

‎Daniel Lafferty gave the Blades the lead three minutes after the restart.

Rudd m‎ade‎ a fantastic save to foil Lafferty's original effort from a Billy Sharp cross, but the striker reacted quickest to fire home the rebound.‎

Patrick Bauer, Holmes, Konsa and Forster-Caskey all had opportunities to level things up, but failed to take advantage.

‎Chris Basham, Sharp and Lafferty had the best of United's chances. Though his team were not at their best, Chris Wilder will be delighted with the three points.

Charlton need to develop a ruthless streak in front of goal if they are to win games on a regular basis.
‎Charlton: Rudd; Byrne, Teixeira, Bauer, Chicksen (Dasilva 84); Ulvestad (Botaka 80), Forster-Caskey (Crofts 74), Konsa, Holmes; Novak, Watt. ‎

Subs (not used): Phillips, Jackson, Hanlan, Ahearne-Grant. 


Goal‎: Holmes 3.


Sheffield United: Moore, Fleck, O’Connell, Basham, Sharp (c), Coutts (O’Shea 85), Hanson (Lavery 73), Freeman, Ebanks-Landell, Duffy (Carruthers 63), Lafferty. 

Subs (not used): Long, Done, Wright, O’Shea, Chapman. ‎

Goal: O’Connell 13, Lafferty 48‎. ‎


‎Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). ‎

Attn‎: 23,308 (589 Charlton). 

 

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