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  • Date:18 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Bramall Lane
  • Attendance:17,579
  • Evans (41)
    Evans (82)
  • Cummins (37)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:07 +2.07

Chris Robertson challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

90:42 +0.42

Paul Parry challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Lowton takes the direct free kick.

90:04 +0.04

Lee Williamson sends in a cross, clearance made by Aaron Brown.

86:13

Rhys Murphy comes on in place of Adam Barton.

82:02

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson, Ched Evans scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Preston.

80:17

Chris Holroyd challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick. (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with James Beattie coming on for Richard Cresswell. Graham Cummins goes off and Jamie Douglas comes on. Lee Williamson crosses the ball, Ched Evans takes a shot. Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance. Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

79:52

A cross is delivered by Harry Maguire, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

79:28

Ched Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Barton.

79:18

Lecsinel Jean-Francois crosses the ball, Chris Holroyd manages to make a clearance.

77:10

Nick Montgomery delivers the ball, Aaron Brown makes a clearance.

76:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Aaron Brown. Lee Williamson takes the free kick.

75:09

Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Cummins. Free kick taken by Paul Parry.

74:22

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

73:31

Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Marrow. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

70:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Robertson by Ched Evans. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

68:16

Unfair challenge on Nicky Hunt by Ched Evans results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Brown. Lee Williamson on for Ryan Flynn.

67:30

Adam Barton takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.

66:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Quinn on Andrew Procter. Free kick taken by Nicky Hunt.

65:53

Effort from outside the penalty box by Adam Barton goes wide left of the goal.

64:41

Matthew Lowton challenges Chris Holroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Parry.

62:32

Foul by Aaron Brown on Ched Evans, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nick Montgomery.

61:12

Michael Doyle has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

60:17

Corner taken short by Stephen Quinn. Barry Nicholson leaves the field to be replaced by Conor McLaughlin.

60:09

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans, Aaron Brown gets a block in.

59:55

Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Chris Robertson gets a block in.

59:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Holroyd by Lecsinel Jean-Francois. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

57:44

Stephen Quinn sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Robertson.

55:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Nicholson on Stephen Quinn. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.

55:29

The ball is swung over by Nicky Hunt, clearance by Neill Collins.

54:28

Ched Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the indirect free kick.

53:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Barton by Matthew Lowton. Paul Parry takes the indirect free kick.

51:34

Effort on goal by Ched Evans from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

50:27

Centre by Ryan Flynn, clearance by Aaron Brown.

49:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Holroyd by Michael Doyle. Aaron Brown takes the free kick.

47:59 +2.59

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton, Header from close range by Ryan Flynn clears the bar.

46:49 +1.49

Stephen Quinn delivers the ball, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

46:22 +1.22

Corner taken by Ryan Flynn from the right by-line to the near post, Alex Marrow makes a clearance.

46:07

The ball is sent over by Ched Evans, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

45:32 +0.32

The official flags Richard Cresswell offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

45:11 +0.11

Andrew Procter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle. Indirect free kick taken by Neill Collins.

44:33

Effort on goal by Stephen Quinn from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

42:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Holroyd, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Simonsen by Graham Cummins. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen. Graham Cummins receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

42:53

Chris Holroyd delivers the ball, blocked by Michael Doyle.

41:47

Ched Evans finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Preston.Assist by Ryan Flynn.

39:41

Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

39:03

Nick Montgomery crosses the ball, Ryan Flynn produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

37:27

Graham Cummins finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Sheff Utd 0-1 Preston.Assist by Nicky Hunt.

37:18

Centre by Paul Parry, clearance made by Neill Collins.

35:50

Nicky Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Quinn. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

33:48

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

33:21

Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

31:13

Foul by Ryan Flynn on Paul Parry, free kick awarded. Paul Parry delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

30:59

The ball is swung over by Chris Holroyd, Ryan Flynn makes a clearance.

28:15

The ball is sent over by Nicky Hunt, Michael Doyle makes a clearance.

26:32

Penalty awarded for a foul by Aaron Brown on Ched Evans. Booking for Aaron Brown for unsporting behaviour. Placed penalty taken by Ched Evans saved by Thorsten Stuckmann. Sheff Utd 0-0 Preston.

25:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Parry, free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Cummins on Steve Simonsen. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

25:22

The ball is delivered by Paul Parry, clearance by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.

23:44

(Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Nick Montgomery coming on for Kevin McDonald.

23:04

The ball is delivered by Alex Marrow, Graham Cummins takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

22:07

Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

20:17

Ryan Flynn sends in a cross, Aaron Brown manages to make a clearance.

19:07

Foul by Chris Holroyd on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

16:50

Graham Cummins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

16:10

Foul by Michael Doyle on Alex Marrow, free kick awarded. Aaron Brown takes the indirect free kick.

15:53

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Procter. Kevin McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

14:51

Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn from the right by-line, Header on goal by Lecsinel Jean-Francois from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

14:44

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans, blocked by Adam Barton.

12:33

Foul by Michael Doyle on Andrew Procter, free kick awarded. Barry Nicholson takes the free kick.

11:09

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Adam Barton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

8:55

The ball is sent over by Chris Holroyd.

6:23

Ryan Flynn produces a cross.

3:39

Lecsinel Jean-Francois produces a cross, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

1:48

Michael Doyle fouled by Alex Marrow, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin McDonald. Alex Marrow receives a yellow card.

1:03

Alex Marrow concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn. Free kick taken by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.

Match Preview

Beattie back to boost Blades Sheffield United striker James Beattie will return to contention following suspension for the home game against Preston. Beattie's availability after a three-game ban will add more competition for places up front as recent signing Will Hoskins is also pushing for his first start for the club. Leading goalscorer Ched Evans is expected to continue, while manager Danny Wilson also has Richard Cresswell, Chris Porter and Danny Philliskirk at his disposal. Midfielder Lee Williamson missed the midweek win at Huddersfield due to a calf problem and remains doubtful. If Williamson fails to make it, Ryan Flynn will continue in midfield, with the fine form of Kevin McDonald and central midfield partner Michael Doyle keeping Nick Montgomery on the bench. The Blades, two points better off than third-placed Sheffield Wednesday with two games in hand, have won 10 of their last 12 league matches. Preston's midweek matchwinner Danny Mayor is pushing for a start. The 21-year-old winger came off the bench to notch the only goal of the game from 25-yards against Hartlepool, giving manager Graham Westley his first victory in the Deepdale hotseat. Elsewhere in midfield, Paul Coutts serves the second game of a two-match ban for collecting his 10th yellow card of the season in the defeat at Yeovil in January. Iain Hume returned to action in the 2-1 reserve win over Tranmere on Wednesday following a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury, although it is unclear whether the Canadian forward is ready to resume first-team duties at this stage. Craig Morgan is back from a one-match ban to bolster Westley's options at the heart of defence, while full-back Jamie McAllister is due to play the last game of his loan spell from Bristol City. Striker Neil Mellor (knee) remains a long-term injury victim.

Formation:442Manager: Danny Wilson

Sheff Utd

Formation: 451Manager: Graham Westley

Preston

  • Steve Simonsen
  • Matthew Lowton
  • Harry Maguire
  • Neill Collins
  • Lecsinel Jean-Francois
  • Ryan Flynn
  • Kevin McDonald
  • Michael Doyle
  • Stephen Quinn
  • Richard Cresswell
  • Ched Evans
  • SUBS
  • George Long
  • Nick Montgomery
  • Will Hoskins
  • James Beattie
  • Lee Williamson

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Match Report

Evans at the double after penalty woe Sheffield United came from behind to beat Preston 2-1 to keep their bid for automatic promotion on track. Graham Cummins bagged his fist goal for North End to give the visitors the lead, but Ched Evans scored twice after missing a first-half penalty. Evans was fouled by Aaron Brown inside the area shortly after the half hour, only for Lilywhites goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to thwart his weak effort. In the 38th minute Cummins headed home Nicky Hunt's cross, but it was all square four minutes later when Evans pounced from close range United's Ryan Flynn went close to scoring before the break, putting in a header which was tipped over the bar by Struckmann. Matt Lowton's header came back off the bar and James Beattie's follow-up was cleared off the line as the home side pressed for a winner. The resulting corner, taken by Lee Williamson, was only half-cleared and Evans beat Stuckmann with a firm drive for his 21st goal of the season seven minutes from time.

Form Guide

    LWWLWW
  • Sheff Utd
  • VS
  • Preston
  • DWLDLW

Last Meetings

  • Preston
  • 2 - 4
  • Sheff Utd
  • 19/10/2011
  • Sheff Utd
  • 3 - 1
  • Preston
  • 08/04/1989
  • Preston
  • 2 - 0
  • Sheff Utd
  • 31/12/1988
  • Preston
  • 2 - 2
  • Sheff Utd
  • 31/01/1984
  • Sheff Utd
  • 1 - 1
  • Preston
  • 10/09/1983
  • Preston
  • 1 - 0
  • Sheff Utd
  • 12/04/1983

Top Scorers

Sheff Utd

  • C Evans 13
  • R Cresswell 6
  • L Williamson 6
  • C Porter 5
  • M Lowton 3
  • S Quinn 2
  • R Flynn 2
  • N Montgomery 1
  • N Collins 1
  • M Doyle 1
  • W Hoskins 1
  • K McDonald 1
  • N Mendez-Laing 1
  • H Maguire 1

Preston

  • N Mellor 8
  • I Hume 6
  • J Proctor 3
  • B Nicholson 2
  • P Coutts 2
  • D Mayor 2
  • P Parry 1
  • C Morgan 1
  • B McLean 1
  • K Daley 1
  • J Douglas 1
  • D Devine 1

Goals

Sheff Utd

    • Total goals 84
    • Goals per game 56
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 10 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Preston

    • Total goals 70
    • Goals per game 42
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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