Story of the Game: Sheffield United 2, Reading 1 - as it happened

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Sheffield United made it four wins in their last five Championship games with a 2-1 victory over Reading on Saturday.

This is how the game unfolded.

⚫ F/T 2-1. United made it more difficult than it needed to be in the end, but eventually see the game out. The Blades remain third after Wolves and Cardiff both win.

⚫ Clarke should make it 3-1 but he fluffs his lines when through on goal.

⚫ Paul Coutts gets the MOTM award. A dominant display in the centre of midfield from the Scot.

GOAL for the visitors as Roy Beerans taps in from close range. A bit sloppy from United as the ball could have been cleared in the build-up. A nervy finish awaits.

⚫ John Lundstram comes on for Billy Sharp with around ten to go. A tactical sub as United look to tighten up and see the game out with a clean sheet.

⚫ Not too much happening right now. Reading have had more of it in the last few minutes but United are still looking comfortable.

⚫ Sub for United as Mark Duffy makes way for the man of the moment, David Brooks. He's got 18 minutes to make an impact. Can he do some damage?

⚫ United have the best home defensive record for a reason. All afternoon they've been harassing Reading whenever the visitors have had possession and have limited them to very few chances.

⚫ United are doing a good job of seeing this one out. They've managed to nullify any potential comeback from Reading in this half so far. The game has quietened down, but that's just what the Blades will want. Having said that, United haven't given up their efforts to grab a third. About twenty to go here.

⚫ Another good chance for United as Chris Basham goes close with a header after meeting a great ball in from the right-hand side.

⚫ 57' Don't forget today's visitors finished third last season, and they've been made to look completely average today. It's been one-way traffic from the start.

⚫ United a whisker away from a third following a great free-kick routine. Billy Sharp should have two after he got on the end of the delivery. A third goal is coming...

⚫ Back underway in the second-half. United are up to second in the Championship's live table as things stand.

HALF TIME: BLADES 2, READING 0. Goals from Paul Coutts and Billy Sharp the difference at the halfway stage, and United have been excellent. Technical difficulties have made it a more difficult 45 minutes for us in the Press box, but we soldier on. Join us - hopefully - for the second half.

⚫ 41' Reading's Roy Beerens shoots from distance but Jamal Blackman is confident enough to pull his hand away as it drifts close to goal - but just the right side of the post from a United perspective!

37' GOAL BLADES! Baldock's superb reverse ball finds Duffy, who crosses across the face of goal for the waiting Sharp who couldn't miss from a few yards out! Fully deserved, too.

⚫ 30' Baldock and Sharp combine to snuff out a dangerous-looking attack down the left from Reading

⚫23' - A clever free-kick gives United a chance of a second, but O'Connell's shot is blocked by a Reading defender

⚫19 GOAL BLADES - Clarke dribbles in the area and the ball's cut out by a defender, but only as far as Coutts who curls it into the top corner with his left foot! How's that for a return to the Blades line-up!

⚫15' - Great link up play sees Stevens play in Fleck, and Clarke's swept effort is deflected behind for a corner

⚫13' - O'Connell's header is palmed away and the defender can't put in the rebound

⚫ 2' - Great play by Clarke wins United a free-kick and Duffy takes it, O'Connell heading just over