Sheffield United took one step closer to a playoff place as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Charlie Austin gave the hosts the lead in the 31st minute before Iliman Ndiaye equalized in the 54th minute. Jack Robinson gave the visitors the lead in the 73rd minute before Conor Hourihane sealed the three points in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
QPR’s Mark Warburton: “They stepped up a level in the second half and had a real quality about them. I thought we started the second half as we did the first; gave the ball away cheaply. We then got into the game, moved the ball better, and looked like a better team. In the second half, we wanted to come out and take care of the football, but we didn’t do that. There were a lot of players in the side with Premier League experience and when they stepped it up a level, we didn’t match that. It [the reception from the fans] meant a lot. It’s not about ego or any of that nonsense, it’s purely about the fact that those fans have been very supportive.”
Sheffield United’s Paul Heckingbottom: “We probably made it difficult, but I thought we were good all game and fantastic in the second half. By half-time, there were not enough shots, not enough of a killer instinct. They got in our box twice, got two efforts on goal and one of them was a goal. Same old message; we don’t want to be a pretty team that doesn’t win. In the second half, we did everything right, probably. It was a simple half-time team talk because you could see what was wrong. To be honest, the boys have responded every time – they have been great.”
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