Blades down ten-man Foxes
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United kept up their great form with a 2-0 win over ten-man Leicester.Sheffield United kept up their great recent form with a 2-0 win over ten-man Leicester City at Bramall Lane.
The Foxes had Keith Gillespie send off just before the half-hour mark, and it was always going to be an uphill battle from then on for Craig Levein's men.
Andy Gray put the home side ahead seven minutes after half time and Alan Quinn sealed the three points for The Blades in the 65th minute.
Neil Warnock's side have been cementing their place in the play-off picture recently and were looking to follow up a good 2-1 win at Coventry on Boxing Day.
Danny Cadamarteri nearly sealed a perfect start for the hosts when he glanced a header just wide of the post after just three minutes.
The lively David Connolly tried a clever lob over Ian Bennett as the continuing rain made for tricky conditions in South Yorkshire.
United were already in the ascendancy when Gillespie got himself sent off for a push on Jon Harley following a nothing challenge between the two.
Gillespie's dismissal put extra pressure on his side, who now faced an hour against a powerful Blades side a man short.
After surviving until half time, Leicester found themselves straight back under pressure after the interval and the deadlock was soon broken by Gray.
Michael Tonge, who had hit the side netting moments earlier, slipped a ball through to Gray who turned and fired in past Stuart Taylor.
There seemed no way back for Leicester, and Quinn made it 2-0 on 65 minutes when he fired home from Cadamarteri's cut back.
A deserved three points went to The Blades who strengthen their position in the play-off picture.