Heckingbottom’s Leeds beaten by Blades
Billy Sharp’s double earned Sheffield United a Yorkshire derby victory and spoiled Paul Heckingbottom’s first game as Leeds United manager.
Heckingbottom, who replaced the sacked Thomas Christiansen last week, saw his side trail to Sharp’s stunning second-minute volley from Mark Duffy’s cross.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s powerful header levelled the scores after the break.
But Sharp netted from the penalty spot to earn victory and ensure that Leeds’ winless run stretched to eight games.
The win means the Blades move up to seventh in the Championship table, two points behind Bristol City and Fulham before the 15:00 GMT games, while Leeds are seven points adrift of the final play-off spot.
Sharp’s brilliant opener was a fitting way to celebrate scoring the 200th league goal of his career and he could have made it 2-0 soon after but sent a close-range header over.
Duffy also went close with a curling strike but Leeds had chances too, notably through Lasogga’s fierce 25-yard strike, which went just wide, and a Pontus Jansson diving header which was brilliantly saved by Jamal Blackman.
Substitute Pablo Hernandez’s cross was powerfully headed in by Lasogga to level and bring the Whites hope of ending their six-match winless Championship run.
But it was 32-year-old Sharp who proved the matchwinner after John Fleck was tripped by Eunan O’Kane – scoring his 10th goal of the season and seventh in his past eight appearances against Leeds.