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Sheffield United 2-1 Port Vale

Michael Doyle scored Sheffield United's winner

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.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Long
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Hill
  • 14McGinnBooked at 17mins
  • 5Maguire
  • 15CollinsBooked at 90mins
  • 19BrandySubstituted forCoadyat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 18KingSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forWestlakeat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 2Westlake
  • 12Miller
  • 16Cuvelier
  • 17Coady
  • 22Lappin
  • 23Murphy

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 3JonesBooked at 20mins
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forBirchallat 80'minutes
  • 6Chilvers
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 50mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forDuffyat 26'minutes
  • 18Lines
  • 11Pope
  • 29HughesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forDoddsat 66'minutes
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 8Dodds
  • 12Johnson
  • 15Shuker
  • 19Williamson
  • 23Mohamed
  • 24Duffy
  • 26Birchall
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
18,545

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Port Vale 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Febian Brandy.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake replaces Ryan Flynn.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Anthony Griffith.

  17. Post update

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

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Neill Collins.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient1210203182332
2Peterborough1210112481631
3Wolves118212171426
4Preston126421913622
5Bradford1263321101121
6Swindon126242213920
7MK Dons125432116519
8Crawley115421814419
9Walsall125431412219
10Rotherham125431818019
11Brentford125341616018
12Port Vale124261418-414
13Shrewsbury122641214-212
14Colchester122641117-612
15Carlisle113351020-1012
16Crewe123361125-1412
17Coventry126332721611
18Oldham113261416-211
19Gillingham122371421-79
20Sheff Utd122281020-108
21Stevenage122281021-118
22Tranmere122281025-158
23Notts County112181321-87
24Bristol City110651522-76
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