Goals from Marc McNulty and Jamie Murphy gave Sheffield United a 2-0 victory in their League One clash against Yeovil Town at Bramall Lane tonight.
McNulty continued his excelllent run of scoring form with a fourth goal in as many league matches, following in after Louis Reed’s shot was parried in the first half.
And Reed was instrumental in the second, releasing Murphy with a stunning ball to stroke home.
That second goal calmed a few nerves amongst the 19,353 at Bramall Lane, with United’s makeshift defence of Harrison McGahey and Chris Basham starting to look a little shaky.
The first really clear cut chance of the encounter went to Yeovil, with James Hayter - formerly of Doncaster Rovers - firing over Mark Howard’s crossbar from a corner after 10 minutes.
United hit back, though, and could have gone ahead themselves when Jamie Murphy wriggled free, only for his pull back to evade everyone and trickle harmlessly to safety.
Despite going behind, Yeovil continued to pose a threat of their own and only a stunning last-ditch tackle from Bob Harris prevanted Jordy Hiwala from dragging his side back on level terms.
McNulty was rewarded for his goal against Bradford on Saturday with a start here, with Reed and Harrison McGahey also coming in fopr Jose Baxter, Jay McEveley and Paddy McCarthy, who was left out of the squad.
On the bench, there were also recalls for Michael Higdon after suspension, and Terry Kennedy after injury.
Blades: Howard, Alcock, McGahey, Basham, Harris, Campbell-Ryce, Doyle, Reed, Murphy, Scougall, McNulty.Subs: Flynn, Baxter, McGinn, Davies, Higdon, Turner, Kennedy.
Yeovil: Krysiak, Twumasi, Nugent, Inniss, Davis, Grant, Edwards, Gillett, Ralph, Hayter, Hiwula. Subs: Weale, Moloney, Smith, Martin, Dawson, Foley.
Referee: David Webb