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Checkatrade.com Stadium (ATT 4,604) 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Ward

Crawley Crawley Town vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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T McMahon (29, 72)

McMahon brace takes Blades top

Last Updated: 22/12/12 7:05pm

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McMahon: Two-goal hero

McMahon: Two-goal hero

Tony McMahon netted twice to lead Sheffield United back to the top of League One with a 2-0 victory at Crawley.

Tony McMahon blasted home free-kicks in either half to lead Sheffield United back to the top of npower League One with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Crawley.

Blades broke the deadlock in the 29h minute when Joe Walsh was penalised for a foul on Shaun Miller and defender McMahon drilled home a 30-yard free-kick to notch his first goal for the Blades.

The visitors doubled their advantage in identical fashion after 71 minutes when McMahon curled in a free-kick from 30 yards after Walsh had brought down Blades substitute Joe Ironside.

THe Blades, who have only conceded eight goals away from home in the league this season, were solid throughout at the back and midfielder Kevin McDonald came close to adding a third late on when his shot was saved by Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones.

On a heavy pitch striker Dave Kitson had gone close for United early on with a deflected shot over the crossbar following McDonald's pass.

Crawley rarely threatened although United goalkeeper George Long went down smartly at the feet of defender Mat Sadler after he had cut into the area.

A chip by Crawley midfielder Nicky Adams was held by Long shortly after the break and at the other end Jones parried a goalbound drive from Blades striker Nick Blackman.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12