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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 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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