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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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