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Bescot Stadium (ATT 5,015) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Walsall Walsall vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Walsall 2

C Westcarr (pen 52)
J Chambers (62)

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Sheff Utd 1

C Porter (17)

Saddlers end Blades run

Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:43pm

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Craig Westcarr: Scored from the spot

Craig Westcarr: Scored from the spot

Walsall came from behind to end Sheffield United's eight-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at the Banks's Stadium.

The turning point came in the 52nd minute when referee Lee Collins awarded the Saddlers a controversial penalty for a push by Harry Maguire on Andy Butler, and Craig Westcarr, a second half substitute, drove home the spot-kick for his 10th goal of the season.

Ten minutes later a flowing four-man move ended with Sam Mantom picking out recalled full-back James Chambers who notched his first ever league goal from close range.

The Blades were on top from the start despite facing a strong wind, and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 17th minute after some lively raids.

Stephen McGinn's through ball penetrated the Walsall defence and Chris Porter hit a rising drive on the run which flew into the top corner of the net.

The Saddlers struggled to make much impression up front, although Paul Downing might have done better when he sent a header wide from James Baxendale's 22nd-minute corner.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30