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Stevenage 0-0 Sheffield United

League One strugglers Sheffield United and Stevenage both earned a point as they battled out a goalless draw.

The Blades hit the woodwork twice as they dominated the match and stretched their unbeaten run to five games.

Aidy White saw his cross-turned-shot helped onto the post by Boro keeper Chris Day before Jose Baxter's powerful effort cannoned off the upright.

Stevenage's best chance fell to Jordan Burrow who fired narrowly wide after good play from Francois Zoko.

Boro remain in the bottom four with Sheffield United two points clear.

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The conditions were the winner this afternoon, it was very tough out there. In the first half it [the wind]was really up, and we had to defend our goal with real resilience.

"It was difficult to get the ball down and keep it under control. As a consequence there was a lot of back-to-front ball played. It was a game that I always thought would be 1-0 from a set play.

"You had to make sure you didn't make mistakes, that you kept yourself solid, that you kept your concentration, and you hope that you could win it.

"We had a couple of moments; Jordan with the far post header, nobody there to pick up the seconds. Dunny [James Dunne], when he tried the chip, probably could have whipped the bottom corner for me. As I say, neither goalkeeper really tested through the 90 minutes."

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough:

"Absolutely delighted with the performance.

"That's the best we've seen in the last couple of months. We controlled the game from start to finish.

"We got the ball down and I thought we started the game superbly. Everything was good."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 20Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forDunneat 53'minutes
  • 4ChorleyBooked at 83mins
  • 5Ashton
  • 7MoraisBooked at 14minsSubstituted forJonesat 24'minutes
  • 14HeslopBooked at 89mins
  • 12Zoko
  • 10BurrowSubstituted forAndradeat 86'minutes
  • 17Tansey

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 8Dunne
  • 19Haber
  • 21Tounkara
  • 25Andrade

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 4WhiteSubstituted forMurphyat 76'minutes
  • 6Hill
  • 12Miller
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 8Doyle
  • 14McGinn
  • 11Baxter
  • 9Porter
  • 29McMahon

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 10Taylor
  • 17Coady
  • 19Brandy
  • 22Lappin
  • 23Murphy
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
3,003

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Sheffield United 0.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Jordan Burrow.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Ben Chorley (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Aidan White.

Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. James Dunne (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient21135345212444
2Wolves21135335161944
3Brentford21134433191443
4Peterborough21123632211139
5Preston2110833022838
6Rotherham219843627935
7Swindon21103837271033
8Walsall219662318533
9Bradford2179534241030
10Port Vale219393033-330
11MK Dons208483329428
12Crawley216872428-426
13Coventry2110564438625
14Gillingham2274112938-925
15Colchester215972330-724
16Carlisle216692335-1224
17Shrewsbury215882224-223
18Oldham2064102328-522
19Sheff Utd2156101827-921
20Tranmere2155112540-1520
21Stevenage2154122134-1319
22Notts County2253142635-918
23Crewe2146111843-2518
24Bristol City2121092835-716
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