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

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