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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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
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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