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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,579) 18th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Brown

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Preston North End Preston

Sheff Utd 2

C Evans (42, 83)

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Preston 1

G Cummins (38)

Blades cut down by Lilywhites

Last Updated: 18/02/12 7:13pm

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Evans: Match-winning brace

Evans: Match-winning brace

A Preston side boasting seven Graham Westley signings in the starting line-up lost 2-1 at promotion-chasing Sheffield United.

Graham Cummins bagged his fist goal for North End to give the visitors the lead, but Ched Evans scored twice after missing a first-half penalty.

Evans was fouled by Aaron Brown inside the area shortly after the half hour, only for Lilywhites goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to thwart his weak effort.

In the 38th minute Cummins headed home Nicky Hunt's cross, but it was all square four minutes later when Evans pounced from close range

Matt Lowton's header came back off the bar and James Beattie's follow-up was cleared off the line as the home side pressed for a winner.

The resulting corner, taken by Lee Williamson, was only half-cleared and Evans beat Stuckmann with a firm drive for his 21st goal of the season seven minutes from time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25