Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1.
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.
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.
- 14McGinnBooked at 17mins
- 15CollinsBooked at 90mins
- 19BrandySubstituted forCoadyat 90+3'minutes
- 18KingSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes
- 7FlynnSubstituted forWestlakeat 88'minutes
- 3JonesBooked at 20mins
- 21GriffithSubstituted forBirchallat 80'minutes
- 4RobertsonBooked at 50mins
- 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forDuffyat 26'minutes
- 29HughesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDoddsat 66'minutes
- Tim Robinson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1.
Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Febian Brandy.
Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).
Neill Collins (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).
Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).
Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake replaces Ryan Flynn.
Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Anthony Griffith.
Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
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.
Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Neill Collins.