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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

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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