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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 8 20
2 Peterborough United 8 16
3 Chesterfield 7 14
4 Milton Keynes Dons 7 13
5 Bradford City 8 13
6 Sheffield United 7 13
7 Swindon Town 7 12
8 Coventry City 8 12
9 Fleetwood Town 7 11
10 Gillingham 8 11
11 Rochdale 8 10
12 Preston North End 7 10
13 Oldham Athletic 8 10
14 Crawley Town 8 10
15 Notts County 7 9
16 Yeovil Town 8 9
17 Barnsley 6 8
18 Doncaster Rovers 7 8
19 Leyton Orient 7 7
20 Walsall 8 7
21 Scunthorpe United 8 7
22 Colchester United 8 5
23 Port Vale 8 5
24 Crewe Alexandra 7 4