“I don’t like them” – Derby fans blasted as “disrespectful” by Sheff Utd striker Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp certainly didn’t hold back when asked about what he thinks of Derby County fans.

The Sheffield United striker took pelters from travelling Rams’ fans all afternoon in the sold-out away end on Saturday.

But the veteran goalscorer ended up having the last laugh. Sharp converted a penalty in the final minute to seal a 1-0 win for the Blades.

That kept crisis club Derby bottom of the Championship, on minus-two points after going into administration earlier this week.

Speaking to United’s in-house media directly after the game, Sharp said of County: “I wish I could play against them every week.

Billy Sharp’s late goal gave Sheffield United the win over Derby

“I think their fans were disrespectful to me today. I don’t mind stick but if they’re going to give me that all game, they deserve that back.

“I’m delighted I scored against them because I don’t like them.”

The strike was Sharp’s fourth of the campaign and lifted Slavisa Jokanovic’s side up to 11th and within four points of the play-offs after a slow start to life under the Serbian.

Earlier in the game Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos had been sent off for bringing down Sharp.

And the one-man advantage proved vital as the contest wore on, with the 35-year-old firing home from the spot after Curtis Davies’ handball.

Jokanovic is pleased his time are developing a knack of scoring late on in games.

He said: “We scored against Cardiff with a late goal, we scored against Preston with a late goal. This is part of football and is especially part of the Championship.

“The first 45 minutes we didn’t find the space between the lines, they closed down really well.

“We pushed further in the second half and after the sending off we found more space, we tried to get more people in the box.

“This is part of the game, we didn’t play our best game, but we had enough power and knowledge to get the victory.”

The Blades are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to face former boss Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.

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