Sheffield United 1-0 Coventry: Billy Sharp’s late strike steals Blades first win since October

first_img1 Substitute Billy Sharp’s scrappy late goal earned Sheffield United a barely-deserved 1-0 win over second-placed Coventry.It was a vital three points for Nigel Adkins, whose side had not won in their last six outings, with the last victory coming on October 20 against Fleetwood. The Blades move to 11th in Sky Bet League One, four points off the play-offs, while the Sky Blues stay second.Chances were at a premium in the first half, but Coventry’s Adam Armstrong had a low shot well saved by George Long following a fine through-ball from Ruben Lameiras.Ben Turner also threatened for the visitors, having a shot blocked and then putting the rebound over.Long was forced to make a fine save early in the second half, tipping a volley from Lameiras over the bar.But the keeper went close to spilling the ball over the line following Jacob Murphy’s effort.The goal came in the 80th minute when a corner from Paul Coutts was missed by keeper Reice Charles-Cook and the ball appeared to go in off Sharp’s shoulder.To compound Coventry’s misery, they had skipper Sam Ricketts sent-off in injury-time when he received a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Chris Basham. It was a vital three points for Nigel Adkins’ side last_img