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Gigg Lane (ATT 3,064) 12th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Salisbury

Bury Bury vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Bury 0

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Sheff Utd 2

J Forte (38)
J Murphy (60)

Blades carve out three points

Last Updated: 12/02/13 10:58pm

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Jamie Murphy: Wrapped up the points

Jamie Murphy: Wrapped up the points

Sheffield United closed the gap on the automatic promotion places in League One to three points with a 2-0 win at Bury on Tuesday.

Jonathan Forte's first goal since returning to the club on loan from Southampton and a Jamie Murphy strike sealed the points at Gigg Lane.

It was a particularly disappointing night for Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, who was facing his former club for the first time since being sacked as manager in 2010.

But revenge never looked on the cards as United enjoyed the better chances, Forte denied early on by Trevor Carson.

The Bury 'keeper also scrambled to keep out a Harry Maguire header while George Long tipped away a Nick Ajose effort at the other end.

The visitors eventually went in front seven minutes before the break when Forte cut in from the flank to fire into the bottom corner.

Ashley Eastham spurned a great chance to equalise soon after the break, blasting over from Steven Schumacher's free-kick.

And Bury paid the price, allowing Murphy to seal the win with a powerful finish after some catastrophic defending from a corner.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15