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Bramall Lane (ATT 15,744) 23rd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Eltrigham

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Walsall Walsall

Sheff Utd 1

N Blackman (pen 14)

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Walsall 0

D Holden (S/O 13)

Blackman spot on for Blades

Last Updated: 23/10/12 11:18pm

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Blackman: Spot on for United

Blackman: Spot on for United

Nick Blackman's 14th-minute penalty was enough to give Sheffield United victory as they beat Walsall 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Blackman's strike maintained United's unbeaten run in League One this season.

James Baxendale's weak back-pass let in Dave Kitson, who was through on goal before being hauled down by Dean Holden. Referee Geoff Eltringham sent-off Holden and awarded a penalty, which was converted by Blackman.

United keeper George Long was off his line smartly to block Will Grigg as he looked to try and capitalise on a defensive lapse.

Long thwarted Grigg again towards the end of the half, making a superb save to keep out the striker's close-range shot following a low cross from Florent Cuvelier.

United pair Tony McMahon and Kevin McDonald both tried long-range efforts, the first going just over and the other being saved by Karl Darlow.

In a rare Walsall attack, Cuvelier shot early after finding some space, sending the ball wide. As the home side continued to hold the upper hand, Ryan Flynn saw his shot deflected wide and Shaun Miller had an effort saved.

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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