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Bramall Lane (ATT 20,519) 20th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Stroud

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Preston North End Preston

Webber too sharp for Preston

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 20/08/05 6:00pm

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Sheffield United went joint-top of the Coca-Cola Championship thanks to a last-gasp winner from Danny Webber.

Webber stole in with just seconds left to put The Blades level on nine points with Reading at the top of the division.

United had to come from behind at Bramall Lane as Preston started the better of the two sides, taking the lead through Paul McKenna.

The midfielder struck a free kick from all of 30 yards to beat United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny and silence the home crowd.

However, Neil Shipperley restored parity just before half time, converting from close range with an acrobatic overhead kick. The goal was no more than United deserved after being the more dominant of the two teams in the first half.

The second period began rather differently, with Preston on the offensive and going close through David Nugent and Danny Dichio.

Blades boss Neil Warnock threw on Keith Gillespie to regain the initiative, and the decision worked as United created a clutch of late chances.

Phil Jagielka saw his effort go over the bar whilst Jon Harley and Gillespie both wasted good chances put the hosts in front.

But with the game going into injury time, Webber finally managed to break the Preston resistance, stabbing home from close range after Gillespie's free kick.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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