Sheffield United played hosts to Charlton Athletic who, despite being 15th in League One, were treated with caution by the Blades and home supporters.

In the build-up to the game, many Blades fans on social media were given the chance to treasure the previous visit of the Addicks. In Charlton’s last visit to Bramall Lane, in 2014, Nigel Clough’s side were victorious and progressed to the FA Cup semi-final.

The visitors were quickest out of the blocks in today’s fixture and it only took Ricky Holmes three minutes to open the scoring with a superb 25-yard free-kick. Charlton gave Chris Wilder’s men a reality check and were nearly 2-0 up when Tony Watt hit the crossbar.

However, it didn’t take long for the League One leaders to fight back into the game when centre-back Jack O’Connell equalised with a header.

The boyhood Blade fan Chris Wilder will have no doubt voiced his opinion in the dressing room during the interval following his side’s display, but whatever the boss said it worked. Just three minutes into the second-half, Danny Lafferty gave his team the lead on a second attempt after Declan Rudd saved his initial effort.

Sheffield United slowly but steadily took control of the game but Karl Robinson’s side proved to be difficult opponents. Many Blades fans recognised the performance of Charlton and praised the away side on Twitter:

There was seemlingly a special mention for Chris Basham on social media, who went on to win Man-of-the-Match:

The South Yorkshire club had chances to secure the win later in the game but the fixture finished 2-1 to the hosts and Wilder will be pleased his side come away with the three points and continue their promotion march.

Whilst Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City won three points with late comebacks, United can be encouraged by promotion rivals Fleetwood Town and Scunthorpe both going winless and losing ground in the race to the Championship. The Blades are ten points clear of third and travel to 19th-placed Oldham Athletic next week.


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