Fi­nal- day tar­get as Sharp hits mile­stone

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

CHAM­PI­ONS Sh­effield United need to win their fi­nal game to hit the 100 points mark for the sea­son.

They en­ter­tain rel­e­gated Ch­ester­field on Sun­day with one Blades player hav­ing al­ready reached a no­table mile­stone.

Billy Sharp scored twice to take his ca­reer tally to 201 goals as his Sh­effield United side recorded their sixth suc­ces­sive league vic­tory with a com­fort­able win at MK Dons.

Sharp’s goals in the sec­ond half came af­ter strike part­ner Leon Clarke had put the vis­i­tors ahead be­fore the break.

Backed by 7,251 trav­el­ling fans, Sharp looked set to cel­e­brate in­side nine min­utes but his shot struck the post fol­low­ing good work from Chris Basham.

Chris Wilder’s team went ahead on the stroke of half-time, though, as Clarke rose to head home John Fleck’s cor­ner.

Sharp added a brace in the sec­ond half af­ter con­fu­sion in the Dons de­fence twice saw the for­ward race through on goal be­fore fir­ing home to make it 29 for the sea­son.

The vic­tory was also United’s 10th dou­ble of the cam­paign – a record for the club.

They com­fort­ably over­came some pre-match changes to record vic­tory.

Cen­tral de­fender Ethan Ebanks-Lan­dell was named on the teamsheet, re­plac­ing Jake Wright, who had fallen ill overnight, but the Wolves loa­nee suf­fered a ham­string prob­lem in the warm-up and so James Wilson started the game and United were left with six sub­sti­tu­tions.

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