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Bramall Lane (ATT 21,279) 31st December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Stoke City Stoke

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Morgan snatches late winner

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 31/12/05 4:52pm

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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.

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Sheff Utd 2-1 Stoke

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 3 7
2 Cardiff City 3 7
3 Millwall 3 7
4 Charlton Athletic 3 7
5 Bournemouth 3 6
6 Norwich City 3 6
7 Watford 3 6
8 Middlesbrough 3 6
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 6
10 Sheffield Wednesday 3 5
11 Ipswich Town 3 4
12 Reading 3 4
13 Brentford 3 4
14 Derby County 3 4
15 Blackburn Rovers 3 4
16 Birmingham City 3 4
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 3 3
18 Rotherham United 3 3
19 Leeds United 3 3
20 Huddersfield Town 3 3
21 Wigan Athletic 3 1
22 Bolton Wanderers 3 1
23 Fulham 3 0
24 Blackpool 3 0

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