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Bramall Lane (ATT 24,638) 15th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Watford Watford

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Evans gets off the mark

New signing scores first goal in Blades triumph

Last Updated: 15/08/09 5:55pm

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Evans: scored first goal for the Blades

Evans: scored first goal for the Blades

Ched Evans scored on his home league debut as Sheffield United got their campaign up and running at Bramall Lane with a comfortable win over Watford.

Evans, a £3million summer signing from Manchester City, marked his first full appearance for the Blades with a classy second-half finish after strike partner Jamie Ward had given Kevin Blackwell's side an early lead.

Ward was wayward with a 30-yard shot in the opening exchanges, but was on target soon after to settle the home faithful.

Brian Howard swung over a free-kick from the left following Mike Williamson's foul on Darius Henderson and when the ball broke for Ward in the penalty area, the former Chesterfield striker drove the ball home left-footed, low into the centre of goal.

Blackwell's side went on to dominate the first period. Evans fired wide from the edge of the area and Treacy, on loan from Blackburn, flashed a shot over the crossbar, while Jenkins twice shot wide from outside the penalty area for the visitors.

The Blades continued to dictate matters after the break without creating any clear-cut chances, while Watford defender Williamson headed over the crossbar from a corner and Jobi McAnuff shot high and wide from 25 yards.

But moments after Watford summer signing Danny Graham had lifted his shot over the crossbar the home side doubled their lead.

Treacy clipped the ball into the penalty area and Evans showed neat skill to evade several lunging defenders before planting the ball into the bottom corner in front of the Kop.

Henderson fired over and saw another effort blocked by Williamson and Blades midfielder Montgomery misdirected his header, while Scott Severin volleyed just wide at the other end.

Montgomery hit the post with a right-footed shot from 12 yards in the 83rd minute, while Graham's header from Tommy Smith's cross in time added on was easily held by Bunn.

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