Blades con­tinue push to­ward league sum­mit Mannone spot on to pile mis­ery on Leeds

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

SH­EFFIELD United ex­tended their su­perb start to the sea­son with a 1-0 win over Ip­swich, putting them level points on with Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Cardiff.

Chris Wilder’s team sit in sec­ond place, trail­ing by only one goal, af­ter their dom­i­nant win over the Trac­tor Boys.

Both sides hit the cross­bar dur­ing the match, but Ip­swich were per­haps for­tu­nate to lose the game by only the one goal.

The home team con­trolled the ma­jor­ity of the first half be­fore mak­ing the pres­sure count early in the sec­ond when Chris Basham headed home the win­ner in the 49th minute. VITO Mannone saved a stop­page-time penalty to en­sure Mo Bar­row’s goal was enough to end Read­ing’s win­less run and in­flict a third straight Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship de­feat on for­mer club Leeds.

United were handed a life­line af­ter Sa­muel Saiz was brought down in the box but Mannone kept out Pablo Her­nan­dez’s weak spot-kick to give the Roy­als their first win in seven games.

The hosts rarely threat­ened in the open­ing 45 min­utes, with only lone striker Pierre-Michel La­sogga get­ting sight of the Read­ing goal. How­ever, it was Read­ing who grabbed the win­ner six min­utes from time af­ter Bar­row kept his com­po­sure in front of goal.

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