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Sheff Utd 3-1 Crewe: Match Report

26 Oct 2013 18:01:35

Sheff Utd 3-1 Crewe: Match Report

Sheff Utd 3-1 Crewe: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Clough's Blades make winning start

Harry Maguire's first-half brace helped give new Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough a dream start as the Blades beat fellow strugglers Crewe 3-1 at Bramall Lane.


The 20-year-old defender twice headed home unmarked in the opening half an hour before Ryan Flynn sealed the three points early in the second half.


Alex substitute Max Clayton grabbed a late consolation goal as his side slipped into the Sky Bet League One relegation zone, below Clough's team on goal difference.


Crewe captain Abdul Osman forced a save out of George Long with a powerful header early on before Maguire edged the Blades in front in the 18th minute when Stephen McGinn's free-kick from the left was allowed to bounce in the Alex area.


Striker Lyle Taylor was then denied by visiting goalkeeper Steve Phillips before Maguire nodded in his second from a McGinn corner after 29 minutes.


Crewe winger Byron Moore wasted a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit seven minutes after the break when he volleyed over while unmarked, moments before Flynn cut inside full-back Kelvin Mellor at the other end to score with a right-foot shot from the edge of the box.


Clayton raced clear in the 78th minute to slot in a reply for Crewe but United finished worthy winners.



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