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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 7,501) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Leake

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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Blades too sharp for Crewe

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 4:55pm

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Sheffield United continued their good form with a convincing 3-1 victory at Crewe Alexandra.

Second half goals from Alan Quinn and Steve Kabba secured the points after Neil Shipperley's effort had been cancelled out by Steve Foster in the first period.

The Blades were on top for much of the game at Gresty Road and David Unsworth forced a smart early stop out of Crewe keeper Ross Turnbull.

The visitors edged ahead on 15 minutes when Phil Jagielka flicked on a corner and Shipperley prodded home at the far post.

Within two minutes Crewe were level courtesy of a howler from Paddy Kenny as the Blades keeper failed to catch a Kenny Lunt free kick and Foster had the simple task of heading into an unguarded net.

Neil Warnock's men pushed for a second goal before half time with Nick Montgomery firing into the side-netting and Kabba lashing a shot just wide.

On 50 minutes the second goal duly arrived as Quinn raced on to a through ball and kept his composure before slotting past Turnbull.

Jagielka then headed over from a tight angle before he played a role in his team's third goal on 56 minutes.

Keith Gillespie's cross was headed back across goal by Jagielka and Kabba showed great skill to chest the ball down and thump a volley beyond Turnbull.

Crewe had a late chance to restore some pride when Steve Jones escaped his marker but Kenny was equal to the shot.

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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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