Sheff United 4 – 0 Fulham

Sheffield United secured a play-off spot after sweeping champions Fulham 4-0.

Knowing that a victory would guarantee their season extension, the Blades led 3-0 after 25 minutes thanks to goals from Morgan Gibbs-White, Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge.

Enda Stevens completed the scoring early in the second half, with Nottingham Forest next in the play-off for Paul Heckingbottom’s men.

The hosts formed a guard of honor as Fulham players emerged from the tunnel before kick-off, the champions seeking a 28th win of the season, and Bobby Decordova-Reid had an early blocked shot before United took the head.

The goal came in the 10th minute when Ben Osborn fired the ball past Oli Norwood, whose cross was met by a header close to Gibbs-White’s post with the ball coming in through Paulo Gazzaniga’s left post.

Gibbs-White threatened again soon after with a shot that hit the side netting, while at the other end Kenny Tete attempted a high shot from long range that cleared the bar.

The home side continued to press with Ndiaye having a deflected shot wide and Jack Robinson slotting a header looking from the resulting corner.

United increased their lead when Berge took advantage of a slip from Jean Michael Seri and found Gibbs-White in the box and he squared Ndiaye (21) who fired past Gazzaniga from around 12 yards out.

It was 3-0 four minutes later when Gibbs-White headed the ball past Ndiaye whose low cross was swept away by Berge at the near post.

Fulham boss Marco Silva made a change after half an hour with Josh Onomah taking over from Nathaniel Chalobah.

Onomah was soon involved in the action, firing a shot from the edge of the area directly at Wes Foderingham.

The visitors threatened again when Neeskens Kebano cut in a wide-angle shot and then Fabio Carvalho had his shot blocked by Foderingham with his legs.

Stevens added a fourth goal four minutes into the restart when Berge found him unmarked inside the box after a smooth move and he applied the finish.

The hosts released the pressure after the fourth goal; Gibbs-White put an effort over the top as John Egan saw his header in goal blocked.

Fulham were limited to a low shot from Kebano which was deflected wide and a header from Rodrigo Muniz which was saved by Foderingham down to his right.

It was an impressive United performance that will boost their confidence ahead of the play-offs, with Forest finally confirmed as their opponents after late drama in their game at Hull.

Semi-final first leg

Friday 13 May, 7.45pm – Luton v Huddersfield

Saturday 14 May, 3pm – Sheff Utd vs N Forest

Semi-final return

Monday 16 May, 7.45pm – Huddersfield v Luton

Tuesday 17 May, 7.45pm – N Forest v Sheff Utd

Play-offs final

Sunday, May 29, 2022

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