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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
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1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33