kept pace with their Championship promotion rivals despite being down to 10 men for more than half of their home win over Brentford.

The Blades took the lead midway through the first half when Yoann Barbet fouled George Baldock inside the box, allowing Oliver Norwood to strike from the penalty spot.

But Gary Madine saw red with barely half an hour played at Bramall Lane when the striker lunged in from behind on Ezri Konsa.

Brentford had chances to level, with Kamohelo Mokotjo hitting the post, before David McGoldrick’s header ensured the points for United.

In all, Thomas Frank’s visitors had 29 shots against the third-placed Blades but they were not able to find a way through against a defence which has not conceded a league goal at home since 26 December.

Chris Wilder’s side now turn their attention to a Yorkshire derby at Leeds United, who won 3-0 at Reading to go top of the table, with Norwich City hosting Hull City on Wednesday.

But they will do so without Cardiff City loanee Madine, who faces a three-game suspension which will see him miss the game at Elland Road, as well as meetings with Bristol City and Preston.

Defeat for Brentford, who had won back-to-back league matches prior to this result, leaves the London club 14th, six points adrift of the play-off places.

manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“For us to produce a defensive performance like that is really heartening.

“Brentford are a really good team that move you around, so that [the result] is right up there.

“We are showing signs that we have the characteristics to achieve something.”

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6BashamBooked at 20mins
  • 12Egan
  • 5O’Connell
  • 2BaldockSubstituted forSharpat 60′minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 8DowellSubstituted forCranieat 45′minutes
  • 11HoganSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 45′minutes
  • 14MadineBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 15Coutts
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 21Duffy
  • 25Moore
  • 28Cranie

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26KonsaSubstituted forCanosat 62′minutes
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29Barbet
  • 22DalsgaardSubstituted forForssat 90′minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forMarcondesat 62′minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay
  • 21Benrahma

Substitutes

  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 13Gunnarsson
  • 14Da Silva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 33Forss
  • 34Bech Sörensen
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
24,463

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home10
Away29
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away12
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, 2, Brentford 0.

Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack O’Connell.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack O’Connell.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Henrik Dalsgaard.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack O’Connell.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Goal!

Goal! 2, Brentford 0. David McGoldrick () header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Jack O’Connell with a headed pass following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Jeanvier.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Jack O’Connell () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Said Benrahma.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Offside, . Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

Billy Sharp () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack O’Connell.

Attempt missed. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Said Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by John Fleck.

Attempt blocked. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Attempt missed. Chris Basham () header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood following a set piece situation.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Billy Sharp () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack O’Connell () because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Attempt missed. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Said Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, . Billy Sharp replaces George Baldock.