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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 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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