Billy’s 200 leaves ton in sight for Blades

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Harry Wilmin

BILLY Sharp bagged a dou­ble to pass 200 ca­reer goals as cham­pi­ons Sheffield United moved to within one win of reach­ing 100 points in League One.

Sharp’s two goals in the sec­ond half fol­lowed Leon Clarke’s opener just be­fore the break, as the Blades se­cured their sixth suc­ces­sive league win in front of over 7,000 trav­el­ling fans at Sta­dium MK.

“We’re ob­vi­ously de­lighted to be com­ing away with an­other 3-0 win from a dif­fi­cult place,” said Blades as­sis­tant Alan Knill.

“We’re all chuffed for Billy (Sharp). He’s taken on the cap­taincy so well and on the pitch he does what Billy Sharp does best: he de­liv­ers and it’s bril­liant for him.

“Billy’s a proper Blade. At the end of last sea­son when the team fin­ished 11th Billy said he wasn’t happy and didn’t want to fin­ish there – and that gave us the con­fi­dence to make him the skip­per.

“He wants to lead and he doesn’t want to end up where they were last sea­son.”

The vis­i­tors started on the front foot and should have taken the lead through top goalscorer Sharp in­side nine min­utes, af­ter Chris Basham’s cut-back found the 27-goal man whose ef­fort smacked against the post.

Chris Wilder’s side made their mar­ginal first-half pres­sure pay just be­fore the break, as Clarke rose high­est to meet John Fleck’s invit­ing cor­ner to head home his ninth goal of the sea­son.

And Sharp en­tered the fray with a sec­ond and third for the Blades mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter con­fu­sion in the MK de­fence twice saw the for­ward race through on goal be­fore fir­ing home on both oc­ca­sions to nudge his goal tally up to 29 this sea­son – and his 200th and 201st ca­reer goals.

The re­sult means United need to win their fi­nal game next week at home to rel­e­gated Ch­ester­field to win the league with 100 points.

And MK Dons boss Rob­bie Neil­son could have no com­plaints af­ter be­ing out­classed by a side pre­par­ing for life in the Cham­pi­onship next term. “They’re a good side and very de­serv­ing of the ti­tle,” ad­mit­ted Neil­son, whose side con­clude their sea­son away at Walsall next Sun­day.

“We had some good chances in the first half but then give the first goal away with a silly cor­ner.

“It’s the lit­tle de­tails that make the dif­fer­ence.

“When we go up the top end of the pitch and have a chance we don’t take it, but then a minute later they’re in our box and score from the header so it’s just the small de­tails that aren’t drop­ping for us at the minute.”


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