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Bramall Lane 26th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Brendan Malone

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Sheff Utd 3

H Maguire (18, 29)
R Flynn (55)

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Crewe 1

M Clayton (77)

Clough makes winning start

Last Updated: 26/10/13 6:46pm

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Harry Maguire: Bagged a brace

Harry Maguire: Bagged a brace

Harry Maguire's first-half brace helped give new boss Nigel Clough a dream start as the Blades beat Crewe 3-1 at Bramall Lane.

The 20-year-old defender twice headed home unmarked in the opening half an hour before Ryan Flynn sealed the three points early in the second half.

Alex substitute Max Clayton grabbed a late consolation goal as his side slipped into the League One relegation zone, below Clough's team on goal difference.

Crewe captain Abdul Osman forced a save out of George Long with a powerful header early on before Maguire edged the Blades in front in the 18th minute when Stephen McGinn's free-kick from the left was allowed to bounce in the Alex area.

Striker Lyle Taylor was then denied by visiting goalkeeper Steve Phillips before Maguire nodded in his second from a McGinn corner after 29 minutes.

Crewe winger Byron Moore wasted a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit seven minutes after the break when he volleyed over while unmarked, moments before Flynn cut inside full-back Kelvin Mellor at the other end to score with a right-foot shot from the edge of the box.

Clayton raced clear in the 78th minute to slot in a reply for Crewe but United finished worthy winners.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16