Blackpool vs Sheffield United LIVE: Updates as Man City loanee McAtee scores after run from his own half
Hello and welcome to our live blog of Sheffield United's match at Blackpool. Paul Heckingbottom's men got their festive period off to a great start with a 3-1 win over Coventry City on Boxing Day.
The Blades arrived in good form and were hoping to continue that here tonight as they looked to maintain an impressive gap to the play-off positions in second place.
They got off to the pefect start thanks to Sander Berge's first-half strike and James McAtee then scored a wonderful solo goal to make it 2-0. However, the hosts set up an interesting finish when they pulled a goal back from a corner through Marvin Ekpiteta.
Here is the story of another well deserved victory.
All over at Bloomfield Road and another well deserved victory for the Blades
Four minutes to go
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The Blades keeper reacts late on to push an effort wide of the post as Blackpool threaten
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Daniel Jebbison comes on for Iliman Ndiaye
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McAtee and Stevens off for Tommy Doyle and Max Lowe
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Oliver Norwood comes close to making it 3-1 with an effort from distance that is tipped over the bar for a corner
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Jayden Bogle's work is done and is replaced by George Baldock
A great display from Bogle
Paul Heckingbottom will not be happy with the way his players defended that corner.
Had chances to clear and Ekpiteta had got goal side of Robinson to slot home
Having been in full control United have now invited the hosts back into this one.
55 minsKEY EVENT
The hosts are back in this one after poor defending from United at a corner
Marvin Ekpiteta slots home from a yard out
Game on again
The midfielder runs from deep inside his own half after United defend a free-kick and he goes unchallenged as the Blackpool players cannot catch him and he slots home at the near post
Lovely finish once again from the youngster
50 minsKEY EVENT
United double their lead through James McAtee
United get the game back under way
How the Blades players rated in that first half
Foderingham 5; Ahmedhodzic 7, Clark 6, Robinson 6; Bogle 8, Norwood 7, Berge 8, McAtee 7, Stevens 6; Ndiaye 8, Sharp 6.
United lead at the break through Sander Berge's first half strike and it's been comfortable for United, who should be more in front that the single goal.
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The forward does really well to cut inside from the left and create an opening but he blazes over the bar
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James Husband slices Jayden Bogle's cross over his own crossbar. Really close to an own goal as United starting to dominate this one now
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Great play by Billy Sharp to hold the ball up and then run at goal, finding the run of Bogle on his outside.
The skipper slips in the right wing-back but his effort is just wide
Credit to Iliman Ndiaye for his role in the goal. He chased the ball back to the keeper and forced him to kick it into touch for a throw-in.
Bogle and Ndiaye then linked up really well from the resulting throw-in to find Berge in space for the goal.
A good goal all round for United
19 minsKEY EVENT
United lead through Sander Berge
Jayden Bogle finds Iliman Ndiaye after good play down the right and Ndiaye pulls the ball back for Berge to slot into the corner
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Great feet from McAtee on the edge of the box finds Anel Ahmedhodzic inside the area but his effort is deflected wide
United have come more into this match in the last few minutes
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A lovely free-kick from deep inside United's half from Norwood picks out Iliman Ndiaye. He leaves it for McAtee who gives a lovely return pass and Ndiaye slips in Berge who is clean through but his heavy touch takes it away from him inside the area
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Ian Poveda come close to opening the scoring with a shot from distance that Foderingham pushes onto the bar and over
That was a close one
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Dom Thompson looking to find Gary Madine in the area and the ball drops to Sonny Carey on the edge of the box but he drills an effort wide
Kick-off and it's Blackpool who get us under way
The teams are out here at Bloomfield Road and kick-off is just moments away
Brazilian football legend Pele, one of the greatest ever players, has passed away at the age of 82.
Sad news this evening
Three changes for United tonight
John Egan is suspended, so in comes Jack Robinson to the left of the back three with Ciaran Clark moving into the middle.
Jayden Bogle and Enda Stevens also return to the starting line-up for George Baldock and Max Lowe.
Sheffield United starting XI: Foderingham; Ahmedhodzic, Clark, Robinson; Bogle, Norwood, Berge, McAtee, Stevens; Ndiaye, Sharp.
Subs: Davies, Baldock, Basham, Lowe, Doyle, Brooks, Jebbison
Blackpool Tower red and white #sufc #twitterblades pic.twitter.com/4Gr1oAU3PX— Nathan Hemmingham (@NathanH79) December 29, 2022