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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 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 18
7 Charlton Athletic 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 9 14
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Brentford 10 14
13 Cardiff City 10 13
14 Leeds United 9 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
19 Birmingham City 10 10
20 Wigan Athletic 10 9
21 Huddersfield Town 9 8
22 Bolton Wanderers 9 5
23 Fulham 9 4
24 Blackpool 10 3

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