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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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1 Fleetwood Town 4 10
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Preston North End 4 8
4 Bristol City 4 8
5 Barnsley 4 7
6 Swindon Town 4 7
7 Milton Keynes Dons 4 7
8 Bradford City 4 7
9 Doncaster Rovers 4 7
10 Notts County 4 7
11 Chesterfield 4 7
12 Sheffield United 4 6
13 Crawley Town 4 6
14 Leyton Orient 4 5
15 Coventry City 4 5
16 Port Vale 4 5
17 Rochdale 4 4
18 Gillingham 4 4
19 Yeovil Town 4 4
20 Walsall 4 3
21 Oldham Athletic 4 2
22 Colchester United 4 1
23 Scunthorpe United 4 1
24 Crewe Alexandra 4 0