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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 Peterborough United 5 12
2 Fleetwood Town 5 11
3 Milton Keynes Dons 5 10
4 Bradford City 5 10
5 Chesterfield 5 10
6 Preston North End 5 9
7 Barnsley 5 8
8 Swindon Town 5 8
9 Bristol City 4 8
10 Notts County 4 7
11 Doncaster Rovers 5 7
12 Sheffield United 5 7
13 Gillingham 5 7
14 Leyton Orient 5 6
15 Coventry City 5 6
16 Crawley Town 5 6
17 Oldham Athletic 5 5
18 Port Vale 5 5
19 Yeovil Town 5 5
20 Rochdale 5 4
21 Scunthorpe United 5 4
22 Walsall 5 3
23 Colchester United 5 1
24 Crewe Alexandra 5 0