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Bramall Lane (ATT 25,144) 21st November 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Peterborough United Peterboro

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Camara picks off Posh

Posh pay the penalty as Cooper loses first game

Last Updated: 21/11/09 5:20pm

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Camara: Match-winner

Camara: Match-winner

Henri Camara's goal earned Sheffield United a 1-0 over Peterborough and condemned new Posh boss Mark Cooper to defeat.

Camara struck just before the break to give Sheffield United their first win in nine games in the Championship.

The defeat was harsh on Peterborough with George Boyd wasting a great chance to equalise when he missed from the penalty spot as Mark Bunn saved his spot-kick.

The win eases the pressure on Blades boss Kevin Blackwell, while Peterborough are still looking for their first away win of the campaign.

Blackwell handed a first start to summer signing Lee Williamson as well as Camara, who also made his first appearance in the starting XI, while striker Aaron McLean returned to Peterborough's starting line-up.

Posh midfielder Boyd fired a left-footed shot wide from 25 yards and team-mate Chris Whelpdale was off target from similar distance, but the Blades were in control for long spells in the first half.

Woodwork

Home striker Ched Evans hit the crossbar from Jamie Ward's outswinging corner in the 25th minute and then had a second effort from close range that was blocked by Posh midfielder Toumani Diagouraga.

Morgan headed another corner from Ward wide and although Mclean tried his luck from outside the box for the visitors, the Blades were rewarded for their dominance when Camara slammed the ball home from 12 yards after Evans' shot rebounded back off the legs of Posh goalkeeper Joe Lewis following Ward's cross.

Camara was foiled by another block from Diagouraga straight from the kick-off and Andrew Davies headed Morgan's ball into the area just wide in the first-half's closing stages.

Peterborough responded after the interval, going close with Boyd's header from Scott Griffiths' ball in, while at the other end Camara went close to grabbing his second when he headed Kyle Walker's cross over the crossbar.

The visitors then stepped up the tempo and had three efforts on target in the space of three minutes.

McLean's 20-yard shot was held by Blades goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who then caught Craig Mackail-Smith's effort from inside the box.

Mackail-Smith then headed wide as Peterborough pressed for an equaliser before the Blades enjoyed the kind of luck that has deserted them in recent weeks.

Penalty
Blades defender Davies fouled Mackail-Smith in the area but after Hertfordshire referee Grant Hegley had pointed to the spot, Boyd's power penalty was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Bunn.

But still Peterborough chased an equaliser and Boyd went close to redeeming himself four minutes later only for Bunn to foil him again by holding on to his volley.

Blades midfielder James Harper could have killed the game, but mis-hit his shot with the goal beckoning from Walker's smart cutback, while Peterborough were becoming increasingly anxious after failing to convert their second-half chances.

Posh pair Charlie Lee and Ryan Bennett were both off target with long-range shots and Shaun Batt drilled a 25-yard shot wide in stoppage time.

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