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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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 93
2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
4 Rotherham United 42 79
5 Preston North End 42 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
10 Walsall 42 56
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
15 Coventry City 42 49
16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39