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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 34 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 34 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Cardiff City 35 44
14 Birmingham City 34 42
15 Huddersfield Town 35 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Millwall 35 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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