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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,460) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Sheff Utd 3

J Murphy (9)
J Baxter (56)
R Flynn (67)

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Tranmere 1

A Taylor (85)

Blades cut through Tranmere

Last Updated: 29/12/13 8:34pm

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Ryan Flynn: Amongst the goals

Ryan Flynn: Amongst the goals

Goals from Jamie Murphy, Jose Baxter and Ryan Flynn saw Sheffield United claim a deserved 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers.

United, now unbeaten in their last eight games, climbed above the visitors in the table after delivering an assured performance bristling with purpose and attacking intent.

Ash Taylor, the Rovers defender, brought some respectability to the scoreline by firing home in the closing stages, but Nigel Clough's side were well worth the win.

Murphy ensured United seized control of this crucial League One fixture between two teams fighting for their lives towards the foot of the table by turning the ball home beyond Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams in the seventh minute.

Ronnie Moore, the Rovers manager, has warned that poor defending threatens to undermine the visitors' prospects of avoiding relegation and those frailties were in evidence again when the former Scotland Under-21 international fired home on the turn after Neill Collins had met Baxter's corner.

Murphy's compatriots Flynn and Stephen McGinn went close soon after as United threatened to overwhelm Rovers.

But Lowe served notice that Moore's team would not go down without a fight when he tested George Long's handling having earlier seen a close-range effort cleared off the goal-line by Harry Maguire.

However, when Baxter and Flynn pounced after the break, Rovers crumbled.

McGinn and Porter, who later drew a superb save from Fon Williams, combined to present Baxter with the opportunity to claim his fourth goal in only five outings before Flynn's powerful finish put the game beyond Rovers' reach although Taylor reduced the deficit late in the game.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 99
2 Brentford 44 91
3 Rotherham United 44 82
4 Preston North End 44 82
5 Leyton Orient 44 80
6 Peterborough United 44 70
7 Swindon Town 44 66
8 Sheffield United 43 60
9 Port Vale 44 60
10 Milton Keynes Dons 44 59
11 Walsall 44 58
12 Bristol City 44 56
13 Crawley Town 43 55
14 Bradford City 44 53
15 Gillingham 44 52
16 Oldham Athletic 43 51
17 Coventry City 44 50
18 Colchester United 44 47
19 Tranmere Rovers 44 47
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 47
21 Notts County 44 46
22 Carlisle United 43 44
23 Shrewsbury Town 44 41
24 Stevenage 44 39