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Greenhous Meadow (ATT 7,232) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Heywood

Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Town vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Shrewsbury 1

S McGinn (88)

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Sheff Utd 2

M Doyle (63)
D Kitson (72)

Blades back on track with win

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:16pm

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Michael Doyle: Netted one for Blades

Michael Doyle: Netted one for Blades

Sheffield United breathed fresh life into their promotion hopes with a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury.

It was a first win in six league games for Danny Wilson's side.

The Blades made much of the running in the first half but there was no way past inspired goalkeeper Chris Weale on his 31st birthday.

Weale made a flying save to his right to claw away Kevin McDonald's 20-yard drive and then came racing off his line to bravely block from Ryan Flynn at his near post following a strong run from the winger.

Weale then took centre stage again with a brilliant save to keep out a dipping free-kick from the edge of the box whipped over the defensive wall by Tony McMahon.

United's pressure was finally rewarded in the 63rd minute, skipper Michael Doyle stabbing the ball home from close range after Shrewsbury were unable to clear a left-wing cross.

Nine minutes later and it was two-nil, with the experienced Dave Kitson taking a touch to steady himself before drilling an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the corner of Weale's net.

Shrewsbury, without injured striker Marvin Morgan, found chances hard to come by although they halved the arrears three minutes from time when a 35-yard free-kick from Stephen McGinn, on loan from Watford, found its way in to deny George Long a clean sheet.

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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25