Lowton keeps Blades bid alive
Sheffield United came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Stevenage but it was not enough to see them reclaim second spot from arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls had climbed above the Blades in the npower League One table earlier in the day thanks to a 2-1 victory at Brentford.
Goals from Joel Byrom and Scott Laird put the visitors in command before Richard Cresswell and Matt Lowton scored to set up a tense finish.
The hosts threatened inside the first minute when Michael O'Halloran and Chris Porter both failed to make the most of a searching cross from Stephen Quinn.
Stevenage pressed with Luke Freeman putting a long-range effort just over and Robin Shroot firing narrowly wide after a good run.
Another Freeman shot was deflected wide before Byrom opened the scoring in the 31st minute, guiding the ball past Steve Simonsen after meeting Patrick Agyemang's low cross.
Laird put Stevenage further ahead, two minutes after the restart, drilling a low shot past Simonsen from about 20 yards out.
Substitute Cresswell's 63rd-minute header gave United hope and Matt Lowton equalised in the 85th minute after Harry Maguire's ball into the area was headed down into his path.
But the Blades were unable to score a winner despite some late pressure.
Sheff Utd 2-2 Stevenage: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.