Sheffield United secured their first win since the opening weekend of the season by beating 10-man Port Vale.

Vale endured a nightmare start when, after Neill Collins had headed the Blades ahead, Daniel Jones was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The visitors levelled in fortuitous circumstances just before the break when Adam Yates' cross crept in.

  • Sheffield United's victory was their first in 11 league matches since beating Notts County in the season opener on 2 August.

However, Michael Doyle hit the winner when he powered the ball beyond the outstretched arm of keeper Chris Neal.

Having started the day bottom of League One, the Blades' first win in 11 matches, for caretaker boss Chris Morgan, was enough to lift them out of the tightly-congested relegation zone.

It proved to be an unhappy return to Bramall Lane for Vale manager Micky Adams, who was on United's books as a youngster and had a short, unsuccessful stint as Blades boss two years ago.

He was also involved in a touchline row with Jennison Myrie-Williams when the forward was substituted on 26 minutes during the reshuffle following Jones' dismissal.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn Booked
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 19 Brandy (Coady - 93' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 18 King (Miller - 68' )
  • 10 Taylor
  • 07 Flynn (Westlake - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 02 Westlake
  • 12 Miller
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 17 Coady
  • 22 Lappin
  • 23 Murphy

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 03 Jones Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 21 Griffith (Birchall - 80' )
  • 06 Chilvers
  • 04 Robertson Booked
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Duffy - 26' )
  • 18 Lines
  • 11 Pope
  • 29 Hughes Booked (Dodds - 66' )
  • 07 Loft

Substitutes

  • 08 Dodds
  • 12 Johnson
  • 15 Shuker
  • 19 Williamson
  • 23 Mohamed
  • 24 Duffy
  • 26 Birchall
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 18,545

Match Stats

Shots

17 6

On target

9 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1.

90:00 +6:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1.

90:00 +4:04

Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Febian Brandy.

90:00 +1:36

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:36

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

89:16 Booking

Booking Neill Collins (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

89:09

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

89:09

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:00

Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).

88:00

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake replaces Ryan Flynn.

87:07

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

86:44

Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:27

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Anthony Griffith.

77:43

Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

74:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Flynn.

74:17

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

73:46

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Neill Collins.

72:46

Attempt missed. Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

72:29

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

71:45

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

71:45

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:58

Attempt missed. Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

69:53

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:53

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

68:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

67:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Shaun Miller replaces Marlon King.

67:07

Attempt missed. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

65:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Lee Hughes.

64:47 Booking

Booking Lee Hughes (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

64:25

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:25

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

64:01

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

60:37

Foul by Febian Brandy (Sheffield United).

60:37

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

55:24

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

55:24

Lee Hughes (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:00

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:57

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

52:41

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

52:05

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:05

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

51:00

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

51:00

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:09

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

49:21 Booking

Booking Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

49:00

Marlon King (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:00

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

48:03

Hand ball by Febian Brandy (Sheffield United).

45:40

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

45:40

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 1.

45:00 +4:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 1.

45:00 +2:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 1. Adam Yates (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the top right corner.

45:00 +1:24

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

45:00 +1:24

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:34

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Yates.

45:00 +0:15

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

43:07

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

43:07

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:00

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:47

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam Chilvers.

35:25

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

34:01

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam Chilvers.

33:08

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

33:08

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:04

Marlon King (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:04

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

31:17

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

31:17

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:00

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

28:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Neal.

28:04

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Richard Duffy replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

23:02

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:02

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

22:13

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

19:35 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

19:03

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:03

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

16:47 Booking

Booking Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

16:13

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

15:19 Booking

Booking Daniel Jones (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

15:07

Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:07

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

12:57

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

11:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 0. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

10:57

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam Yates.

10:12

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:12

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

9:04

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

9:04

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:27

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

8:27

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:57

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

7:12

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

7:12

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:25

Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:18

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

4:18

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:54

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

1:27

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:27

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

0:47

Foul by Lee Hughes (Port Vale).

0:47

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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