Sheffield United bounced back from defeat at home against Millwall with a victory in the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley, winning 3-2 at Oakwell last weekend.
A quickfire double from Lys Mousset shortly after half time and a Ben Osborn strike in the 72nd minute gave the visitors a comfortable 3-0 advantage. The Tykes were able to pull two goals back through Devante Cole and Aaron Leya Iseka to make it a nervy final few minutes for the visitors, however they eventually held on for all three points.
Early-season scares of successive relegations have seemingly disappeared as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have climbed up to 14th in the Championship standings, nine points clear of the bottom three.
Sheffield United now turn their attention to Saturday’s clash with newly-promoted Blackpool, who they are unbeaten against in each of their last 10 matches across all competitions on home soil.
Since failing to score on the opening day of the season against Birmingham, the Blades have found the net 13 times in their next six encounters at Bramall Lane, the most of any side currently in the bottom half of the table.
Blackpool’s charge up the Championship table continued last weekend, when they came from two goals down to secure an impressive 3-2 victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
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First-half strikes from Scott Dann and Tom Dele-Bashiru seemingly put the hosts in control, however Owen Dale pulled one back for the visitors in the 69th minute, to begin the Tangerines’ revival, before Jerry Yates equalised just four minutes later.
Blackpool were then awarded a penalty with five minutes left, which Yates converted to complete a dramatic comeback and secure their first win away against Reading since 1980.
After failing to win any of their opening five matches in the second tier, Neil Critchley’s side have since won six of their last nine Championship encounters, with their most recent three points pushing them into the top half of the table.