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Broadhall Way (ATT 3,483) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Russell

Stevenage Stevenage vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Stevenage 4

D Lopez (41, 50, 64)
L Akins (69)

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Blades lose their edge to Boro

Last Updated: 16/03/13 6:09pm

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Dani Lopez: Hat-trick performance

Dani Lopez: Hat-trick performance

Promotion-chasing Sheffield United slumped to their first defeat in eight games as Dani Lopez's hat-trick fired Stevenage to a 4-0 win.

Lopez, who was only recalled from a loan spell at League Two Barnet earlier this week due to injuries at Stevenage, was the class act as he scored once in the first half and twice after the break, with Lucas Akins adding the fourth.

The Spanish striker, who began his career with Atletico Madrid playing in the same youth team as Fernando Torres, scored in the 41st, 50th and 64th minutes as his side won for only the second time in 10 games.

Lopez's opener, the first goal Sheffield United have conceded in seven games, came when he turned Neill Collins inside the box and finished coolly past George Long.

Lopez then attempted an audacious curled effort from 20 yards which Long did well to tip over.

Gavin Mahon was the architect of Stevenage's second goal, playing a ball through a static Blades defence for Lopez to finish.

United pushed to get back on level terms as Callum McFadzean and Harry Maguire both went close with headers.

But it was Lopez who was next to find the net, scoring against the run of play as he fired in from the edge of the penalty area.

And it got even better for Boro just four minutes later as Lucas Akins added a fourth with an individual run and shot.

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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