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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 27,443) 28th December 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Crossley

So'ton Southampton vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

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Shipp sinks Saints

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 28/12/05 3:49pm

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There appears no end in sight to Southampton's struggles after a goal from Neil Shipperley cemented Sheffield United's hold on second place with a 1-0 win at St Mary's.

The home side dominated the opening exchanges with Nathan Dyer catching the eye but a heavy touch prevented him testing Paddy Kenny after the former Burnley loanee had left David Unsworth in his wake.

United were indebted to a fine double save from Paddy Kenny when, on the half hour mark, he denied first Brett Ormerod from point-blank range and then Rory Delap from the rebound.

Saints' first choice goalkeeper Antti Niemi was conspicuous by his absence but stand-in goalkeeper Paul Smith was barely troubled as The Blades could only muster efforts from Phil Jagielka and Steve Kabba.

But Danny Webber, who had been the sole thorn in the home side's defence, continued to probe in the second half and he provided former Saint Shipperley with what would prove to be the 55th minute winner.

Webber robbed Martin Crainie near the halfway line and galloped the length of the touchline before feeding Shipperley who finished with aplomb.

Kabba may have doubled that advantage before the introduction of Theo Walcott prompted a home fightback which went unrewarded after Dexter Blackstock missed a free header with the goal gaping.

Click below for an individual match summary:
Southampton 0-1 Sheffield United

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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