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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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