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02 April 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Sheffield United vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds travel to South Yorkshire on Monday evening…

1 April 2018

Cardiff City head to Bramall Lane on Easter Monday looking to equal a Club-record ninth consecutive win, following their Good Friday victory over Burton Albion.

Sheffield United host the Bluebirds off the back of a 1-1 draw against play-off rivals Brentford in which goalkeeper Jamal Blackman was sent off. The Chelsea loanee will consequently miss Monday’s encounter.

What to expect from the Blades…

Following their promotion from League One last season, Chris Wilder’s side have been one of the surprise packages during this campaign, currently finding themselves just a single point off the Sky Bet Championship play-off spots in ninth position.

Wilder’s men have tallied up an impressive 61 points thus far, with 18 wins from their 39 games. That draw with Brentford is their third this month though, with the Blades claiming just one win in five games.

Leon Clarke has been instrumental in the Blades’ impressive campaign scoring 15 goals this season, the fourth highest in the division. However, the 33 year-old hasn’t found the net since New Year’s Day in a 1-1 draw with Derby County.

Club legend Billy Sharp is also in double figures for the season with 13 in all competitions. The Club captain - now in his third spell with the South Yorkshire side - has scored 71 league goals in 152 appearances for the Blades, who signed him from Leeds United in 2015.

In the hot seat…

Wilder began his managerial career with a successful stint in non-league football with Alfreton Town. He soon moved on to Halifax Town, with whom he spent six years, before the Shaymen went into liquidation during the 2007/2008 season.

Spells with Oxford United and Northampton Town soon followed. He guided the Cobblers to the League Two title in his second season at Sixfields, before returning to his boyhood club in 2016. At Bramall Lane he oversaw the Blades’ promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship after a six-year absence - securing 100 points in the process.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds are currently unbeaten in the last five meetings with Monday’s opponents, winning three and drawing twice. The reverse fixture back in August saw goals from captain Sean Morrison and a stunning effort from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing secure a 2-0 win at Cardiff City Stadium, seeing us go to the top of the table with three wins from three games.

One of the standout encounters in recent years came back in October 2009, as a Peter Whittingham hat-trick settled a dramatic 4-3 Bluebirds victory at Bramall Lane. That season saw Whitts net a total of 25 goals from 52 appearances for City.

Club connections…

A Sheffield United supporter as a boy, the Gaffer spent eight years with the Blades from 1999 to 2007 in which he guided them to the Premier League at the end of the 2005/06 season.

He was also assisted by Kevin Blackwell who had a stint in the hot seat in 2008. He signed current Bluebird Greg Halford on-loan from Sunderland that season, with the 33 year-old appearing on 41 occasions and scoring four goals.

Former Bluebirds John Brayford and Simon Moore have also worn the jerseys of both sides, with Moore expected to start between the sticks on Monday evening.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Sheffield United 1-1 Cardiff City

2 April 2018

A last-ditch Anthony Pilkington volley secured a point for Cardiff City away at Sheffield United on Easter Monday.

Leon Clarke's deflected first-half strike seemed to have consigned the Bluebirds to a first defeat in 13 Sky Bet Championship games.

But Pilkington popped up in additional time with a clinical volley to open up an eight-point gap above third place.

The hosts were out of the traps quickly at Bramall Lane, and Neil Etheridge was on hand to stop John Lundstram’s early header.

However, Kenneth Zohore then came close on two occasions - first being flagged offside, before firing a low effort straight at former Bluebird, Simon Moore.

The Blades took the lead in fortunate circumstances just before the half-hour mark, as Leon Clarke’s effort took a cruel deflection to find the bottom corner.

Looking for a response against his boyhood side, Neil Warnock turned to Gary Madine on the Bluebirds bench, with the forward replacing Nathaniel Mendez-Laing at the interval.

That response soon came, as Aron Gunnarsson and Zohore were both unlucky not to level the scores.

Chris Wilder’s men did have further chances of their own in the second-half. Etheridge came off his line superbly to thwart Lee Evans when the Welshman broke through, before substitute Clayton Donaldson later struck the woodwork.

But the Bluebirds showed their spirit to strike back in added time. Having committed men forward in search of a leveller, the ball fell to the newly-introduced Pilkington, who struck his volley sweetly into the bottom corner.

The draw saw City unable to equal a Club-record nine consecutive victories; however, the Bluebirds faithful would travel back down to South Wales in high spirits as Warnock’s men stretched their unbeaten run to 13 Sky Bet Championship games.

Sheffield United: Moore; Baldock, O'Connell, Stearman (Wright 69), Stevens; Basham, Evans (Leonard 88); Brooks (Donaldson 72), Fleck, Lundstram; Clarke.

Subs not used: Eastwood, Sharp, Lafferty, Holmes.

Cardiff City: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Grujić, Gunnarsson, Paterson; Hoilett (Wildschut 78), Mendez-Laing (Madine 46), Zohore (Pilkington 78).

Subs not used: Murphy, Peltier, Bryson, J. Ward.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Sheffield United vs. Cardiff City

29 March 2018

Monday, 2nd April 2018 @ Bramall Lane. KO: 7:45pm.

Ticket Update (30/03/18)

  • Cardiff City FC Ticket Office will sell until 12pm on Saturday, 31st March 2018
  • Sheffield United will be selling on the evening - 6:15pm from the Away Ticket Office
  • Cash only, and ticket prices will increase by £2.00
  • Collections and reprint requests will also be available from 6:15pm at the Away Ticket Office at Bramall Lane

Tickets available to current Season Ticket Holders and Gold Members

Seating Ticket Prices:
Adults: £27.00
Ambulant Adult + Wheelchair Adult: 21.00
Seniors Over 60: £21.00
Student FT with Valid NUS: £16.00
18-21: £16.00
U18: £14.00

Disabled Allocation:
Prices as stated above + Carer Ticket Free of Charge.

Please be advised:
*There will be concession checks for all supporters entering the stadium. Any supporters found attempting to gain entry using a ticket of an age band that is deemed not correct for that individual, will have their match ticket confiscated and will be required to purchase a new adult ticket at full matchday price.
*Any child aged 13 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above or will be refused entry.

Tickets are available to purchase until 12pm on Saturday, 31st March 2018!

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