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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 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40