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Bramall Lane (ATT 19,122) 13th September 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Rochdale Rochdale

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J Campbell-Ryce (84)


Sheffield Utd edge Rochdale

Last Updated: 13/09/14 6:32pm

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Jamal Campbell-Ryce: Bagged the winning goal

Jamal Campbell-Ryce: Bagged the winning goal

Sheffield United stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to five games as they beat Rochdale 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce's 86th-minute goal, which took a wicked deflection off Stephen Dawson, proved enough to hand all three points to Nigel Clough's side.

However, the visitors had earlier gone close when Ian Henderson struck the crossbar.

Despite gaining promotion last season, Rochdale appear more than comfortable at League One level and caused their opponents plenty of problems during an entertaining first half.

But despite seeing Mark Howard forced to divert Peter Vincenti's shot away from goal midway through the opening period, it was United who created the better chances with Jose Baxter a particular threat.

The former Everton and Oldham midfielder glanced a header just wide after meeting Ben Davies' fifth-minute centre before giving Conrad Logan a scare from long range. Jamie Murphy also went close with a curling attempt as the match became increasingly stretched.

But it was Rochdale who made the brighter start to the second half as Matthew Done and Vincenti both tried their luck.

United, who saw Jamie Murphy limp off with an injury, wrestled back control when Chris Basham tested Logan's handling skills with a stooping header. The Rochdale goalkeeper showed good reflexes again when Neill Collins climbed highest to meet a corner.

Henderson, who impressed for Rochdale, struck the crossbar with a powerful shot on the turn.

Baxter, United's most impressive player, beat the wall but not Logan with a free-kick while substitute Marc McNulty blazed wastefully wide after seizing possession in midfield.

But Logan was powerless to stop Campbell-Ryce's cross flying into the back of his net during the closing stages.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40