Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn
Sheffield United survived a late Blackburn Rovers fightback to edge the Carabao Cup second round tie 2-1 at Bramall Lane.
With one eye on Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, Chris Wilder made 10 changes to his starting XI from the team that lost to Leicester. Ben Osborn and Mo Besic mad their Blades debuts, while Ravel Morrison and Oli McBurnie were handed first starts.
The new-look Blades side were nearly undone inside 10 minutes when Bradley Dack was brought down by Richard Stearman in the box for a Blackburn penalty.
But Adam Armstrong saw his spot-kick saved by United goalkeeper Simon Moore with a strong left hand.
Stearman made up for the error in the 31st minute when giving the home side the lead, taking advantage of some poor Blackburn defending from a set piece to nod in the opener.
Wilder’s men then doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time, Oliver Norwood picking out the bottom corner from the edge of the box after good work by Ravel Morrison in the build-up.
Blackburn gave themselves hope of a comeback when Sam Gallgher rose highest at the far post to head home an Adam Armstrong cross in the 72nd minute, setting up a grandstand finish.
However, there wasn’t to be a late reprieve for Tony Mowbray’s men as Sheffield United booked their place in round three.