Morgan snatches late winner
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sheffield United left it late but recorded a 2-1 win over Stoke and maintained the pressure on leaders Reading with a 90th-minute header from Chris Morgan.
United took the lead very much against the run of play when Stoke failed to clear a cross and Nick Montgomery struck a low shot through a crowd of players and into the bottom left-hand corner.
Stoke were made to rue misses from Paul Gallagher and Sambegou Bangoura as they went into the interval undeservedly a goal behind.
In a reverse of the first half United actually began to play with more fluidity but quickly found themselves pegged back by Mamady Sidibe.
Bangoura cut in from the right and set up Luke Chadwick. The latter's shot was charged down but the ball fell for Sidibe who rounded Paddy Kenny in The Blades' goal and scored into an empty net.
Sidibe collapsed under the challenge of Leigh Bromby but referee Lee Mason waved away appeals for a penalty despite his linesman signalling for a spot kick.
The home side were becoming increasingly frustrated and Stoke almost snatched a late winner but Kenny repelled Darel Russell's fierce shot.
And just when it appeared the game was destined for a draw up popped Morgan to head Phil Jagielka's cross past Steve Simonsen and send The Blades' support into raptures.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Sheff Utd 2-1 Stoke
Sat 31st Dec
Leeds2 - 0Hull City
Watford1 - 2C Palace
Preston3 - 1Coventry
Burnley1 - 2Sheff Wed
Brighton1 - 2Millwall
Cardiff2 - 1Southampton
Ipswich1 - 0Luton Town
Sheff Utd2 - 1Stoke City
Crewe3 - 4QPR
Leicester0 - 1Norwich
Wolves1 - 1Plymouth
Derby2 - 2Reading
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|19||Queens Park Rangers||0||0|