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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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Stoke 1

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 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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