Billy Sharp scores brilliant volley in Yorkshire derby

Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom

Leeds had earlier recovered from a stunning Sharp volley to level through Pierre-Michel Lasogga's 47th-minute header.

Historically, the North London derby isn't an easy game to predict.

Sharp made no mistake from the spot on 74 minutes after Eunan O'Kane brought down John Fleck as both sides fought for a winning goal.

New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom arrives at Bramall Lane for his first game in charge against Sheffield United.

You can set your watch by Billy Sharp when he lines up against former club Leeds.

A handball in the box was ignored later on in the second half, but Leeds showed nearly no life in the first half until Pablo Hernandez was introduced near halftime after Kemar Roofe left after sustaining an injury.

Leeds were stung in the first two minutes when Sharp found the back of the net, but they managed to respond just after the half-time break through Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Pablo Hernandez had a shot that was deflected wide for and Matthew Pennington had his shot from the resulting corner blocked in the box as Leeds seemed to come out of halftime looking a little more alive and up for the match.

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Eunan O'Kane attempted to clear the ball with a header, but to no avail, as Sharp latched on and struck the ball sweetly to get it past goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.

Sheffield United threatened once again in a spell around the 28th minute, with a low cross that flashed in front of the Leeds goal, but no one in a red and white shirt was available to tap it home.

Leon Clarke missed a good chance for the hosts, but Leeds put in a big finish. But the home team survived to do the double over Leeds.

He said: "I would like to think we deserved something". They were keeping possession, playing forward and putting us under pressure. Managers, players, directors and presidents may change, but you are the ones who remain, together and united.

"I saw a better performance from Lasogga in that second half, chasing, running in behind players", he stressed.

Hernandez nearly turned the game on his head when his 58th-minute shot deflected just beyond the far post but Duffy came within inches of finding Wiedwald's net with a rising hit six minutes later.

Sheffield United: Blackman, Baldock, Basham, O'Connell, Stearman, Stevens, Evans (Lundstram), Fleck, Duffy (Leonard 77), Sharp (Holmes 89), Clarke.

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