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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 5,766) 19th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Gillingham Gillingham vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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League One: Sheffield United win 1-0 at Gillingham

Last Updated: 19/02/14 10:47pm

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Conor Coady: Scored the only goal of the game at Priestfield

Conor Coady: Scored the only goal of the game at Priestfield

Conor Coady's first-half strike lifted Sheffield United out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone as they beat Gillingham 1-0 at Priestfield.

The on-loan Liverpool midfielder, who also struck in the Blades' 3-1 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, scored with a low drive four minutes before the break, seconds after Chris Porter had hit the top of the post from close range.

Gillingham's players believed play should have been stopped in the build-up to the goal, after debutant Ryan Inniss was injured in the box.

Porter also had a first-half effort disallowed for offside and Gills skipper Adam Barrett made crucial blocks to stop volleys from Michael Doyle and Harry Maguire either side of half-time.

An unmarked Billy Paynter also saw his low effort on the hour mark well saved by Stuart Nelson.

Adebayo Akinfenwa came the closest for the hosts, who had won their last three at home, but his header from Stuart Nelson's goal-kick landed on the roof of the net.

Blades keeper Mark Howard denied Connor Smith and Leon Legge also fired wide from Bradley Dack's corner but the visitors held on.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19