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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 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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