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Bramall Lane (ATT 19,374) 19th March 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Burnley Burnley

Blades beat blunt Burnley

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 19/03/05 6:09pm

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Sheffield United moved into the top six with a 2-1 win against Burnley, but were thankful that The Clarets could not find their cutting edge in front of goal at Bramall Lane.

Ade Akinbiyi scored late on in his first start for Burnley, but the visitors were made to pay for a plethora of missed chances by goals from Alan Quinn and Andy Gray.

Graham Branch had continued his poor form in front of goal with two bad misses early on, planting a header wide and firing well over when well placed.

The Blades then took the lead against the run of play, when Burnley keeper Brian Jensen made a hash of a Rob Kozluk out-swinger and Quinn volleyed into the untended net.

Steve Kabba nearly extended United's lead with a brace of chances, but it was Andy Gray who finally gave the hosts a cushion early in the second half.

The striker benefited from a fine one-two with Quinn to run through and slot home his 14th goal of the season.

Akinbiyi, sent off just two minutes into his debut and only now returning from a three match ban, had inevitably been harangued by the Blades fans throughout, but the striker silenced them late on with a consolation.

The former Stoke man is determined to win over the Burnley fans, and he took his first step when he fired home with six-minutes remaining after substitute Ian Moore had cut-back.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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