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Bramall Lane (ATT 16,319) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Preston North End Preston

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Beavon increases Weir Pressure

Last Updated: 21/09/13 7:13pm

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Stuart Beavon: Bagged the winner on 69 minutes

Stuart Beavon: Bagged the winner on 69 minutes

Stuart Beavon's second-half goal fired Preston to a 1-0 win at Sheffield United and piled the pressure on manager David Weir.

Simon Grayson's side spent much of the afternoon on the back foot but returned home celebrating their first victory at Bramall Lane since 1978 following the striker's clinical 69th-minute finish.

The result, which was greeted with a chorus of boos by the home crowd, leaves United languishing in the League One relegation zone and Weir, a former Scotland international, potentially battling to save his job.

United, handing full debuts to new signings Marlon King and Ryan Hall, created the better chances of the first-half.

Jose Baxter forced Declan Rudd to make a flying save at the near post after unleashing an angled drive while the Preston goalkeeper was called into action again soon when Tony McMahon went close from a set-piece.

Febian Brandy and Matt Hill both tried their luck from long-range as United continued to press but the latter was responsible for the slip which allowed the visitors to take the lead against the run of play.

Kevin Davies, profiting from the defender's stumble, found Beavon lurking inside the area and he cut inside to beat George Long from close-range.

It was tough luck on United, who had earlier seen a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when Brandy's shot appeared to be handled by Bailey Wright.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20