Blades back on track with win
Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:16pm
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.
Sky Bet League 1
Sat 9th Feb
B'mouth2 - 0Portsmth
Brentford2 - 2Bury
Carlisle2 - 1Stevenage
Colchester1 - 0Preston
Coventry0 - 1Yeovil
Doncaster1 - 2Walsall
Leyton Or2 - 1Tranmere
Notts Co1 - 1Crewe
Oldham3 - 1MK Dons
Scunthrpe2 - 1Crawley
Shrewsbury1 - 2Sheff Utd
Swindon1 - 1Hartlepool
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