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Sheffield United (2) 2 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Referee: N Miller

Manager: Kevin Blackwell

Bramall Lane 15:00

Attendance: 25,315

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3303

Goals

Home
 Halford (19)
 Henderson (27)
Away
 

Substitutions

Home
CotterillBeattie (67)
QuinnOToole (75)
KilgallonBromby (87)

Cards

Home
 Bromby (90)
Away
 Alan Quinn (48)
 Ben Thatcher (90)

Teams

Home

Kenny

Halford

Morgan

Kilgallon

Naysmith

Naughton

Cotterill

Montgomery

Quinn

Henderson

Ward

Substitutes

Home

Lupoli

Hendrie

Beattie

OToole

Bromby

Match Report

Blades were 'unplayable', says Blackwell

SHEFFIELD United moved within three points of an automatic promotion place after a comfortable victory over Ipswich Town.

Goals from Greg Halford and Darius Henderson in the first half put the Blades firmly in control and Ipswich rarely threatened a revival.

Halford took his tally for the season to seven goals with a curled shot from the edge of the area after 19 minutes.

Henderson doubled the lead on 28 minutes when rising above two defenders to head home a cross from Kyle Naughton.

Striker Jamie Ward struck the outside of the post before the break and wasted a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 in the second period when shooting wide after dispossessing Ipswich defender Pim Balkestein.

The visitors, who started the game seven points adrift of the play-off zone, were second best in most departments of the field.

Fourth placed United's promotion chances were further boosted as third placed Reading were held to a goalless draw at Coventry.

The Blades are now level on points with the Royals.

Blackwell said: "I thought in the first 45 minutes we were unplayable.

"I said to the boys (at half-time), 'Let's be as professional as we can and finish the game off', and in the second half I knew Jim (Magilton) and Ipswich had to go for it because it was maybe their last chance to get in the play-offs.

"When we had to defend we did so very well, but we still had two or three great chances to finish it off, so all in all we're very pleased."

Ian Appleyard (Yorkshire Post)

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