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Boleyn Ground (ATT 27,424) 3rd January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Kettle

West Ham West Ham United vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Blades see off Hammers

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 03/01/05 6:00pm

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Sheffield United bounced back from their New Year's Day defeat to Wigan Athletic with a fine 2-0 win at West Ham United.

A Tomas Repka own-goal and a second half strike from Leigh Bromby secured the visitors' first win at Upton Park for more than 30 years.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew named the same starting XI that earned a well-deserved 2-0 win at Championship leaders Ipswich Town on New Year's Day while Blades manager Neil Warnock brought in Derek Geary and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for Danny Cadamarteri and Ian Bennett.

An uninspiring first half saw both sides struggle to get in behind each other's backlines, with West Ham looking particularly woeful with their forward passing in key attacking areas.

The Blades had the better chances of the half - with Michael Tonge shooting wide after Jon Harley dispossessed Hayden Mullins in the West Ham box before Andy Liddell volleyed over the bar after West Ham defender Malky Mackay failed to clear Danny Cullip's free kick.

The visitors, however, made their breakthrough four minutes before the break when Phil Jagielka sent Geary away down the right flank with a fine pass.

The former Stockport County man cut inside his marker Chris Powell before striking left footed towards goal and despite Repka's best attempts to block the shot, the ball deflected off the Czech defender and into an open net for the opening goal.

The second half saw Sergei Rebrov and Luke Chadwick come on for Bobby Zamora and Matthew Etherington for West Ham, but the change did little to turn around the home side's fortunes.

In fact, The Blades extended their lead on the hour mark, as Liddell's free kick from the right was not properly cleared by The Hammers and Bromby struck a sublime volley from the edge of the box past West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Bywater for 2-0.

With a two-goal lead, the visitors dropped off and invited West Ham to attack, but the home side were unable to find a way back into the match with their possession.

Rebrov was unable to test Blades goalkeeper Kenny with a right footed shot while Bromby denied Chadwick a late West Ham goal after blocking his effort on the goal line in injury time.

In the end, it was a deserved win for Neil Warnock's side while West Ham received jeers from their own supporters after a lacklustre home performance.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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