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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 Bristol City 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29