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Sheff Utd1Port Vale0

Sheffield United 1-0 Port Vale

Sheffield United ended a run of five games without a win as they beat Port Vale courtesy of a first-half penalty from Jose Baxter.

Victory keeps the Blades fifth and was much needed as they kept sixth-placed Peterborough two points behind them.

The penalty came when Vale's Michael O'Connor fouled Jamie Murphy inside the area, with Baxter smashing home.

Vale's day got worse when ex-Blade Michael Brown was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Clough on Sheffield United v Port Vale

"It wasn't a brilliant game but it's a good clean sheet and probably the most important three points we have won this season.

"I thought we started well. We got the goal, then they got back in to it, and the defence dealt with how direct they played.

"There was a few tackles flying in but I don't think anything was too bad, the worst tackle was when we should have had a penalty.

"We probably should have scored more but we will take the win."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 26Freeman
  • 5Brayford
  • 6BashamBooked at 44mins
  • 3Harris
  • 14DoneSubstituted forFlynnat 66'minutes
  • 18CouttsBooked at 37mins
  • 35HoltSubstituted forAlcockat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forDoyleat 80'minutes
  • 32DaviesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 7Flynn
  • 8Doyle
  • 12McNulty
  • 16Davies
  • 24Turner
  • 29Adams

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 4Robertson
  • 21VeseliBooked at 87mins
  • 5McGivernBooked at 82mins
  • 19MooreSubstituted forDanielat 45'minutes
  • 17BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20Marshall
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forCampionat 68'minutes
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forPopeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Duffy
  • 7Birchall
  • 11Pope
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 28Campion
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
18,729

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Port Vale 0.

Steve Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Craig Alcock replaces Jason Holt.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Michael Brown (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

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

Booking

Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Steve Davies (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jason Holt (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Steve Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Steve Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle replaces Jose Baxter.

Foul by Steve Davies (Sheffield United).

Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Achille Campion (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Robert Harris.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Achille Campion replaces Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Matt Done.

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Steve Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City38258573324183
2Preston372110663323173
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd371610115143858
6Peterborough38175164646056
7Barnsley38167155150155
8Rochdale361651563471653
9Doncaster381411134848053
10Fleetwood381410143943-452
11Chesterfield37149145449551
12Bradford361312114642451
13Oldham371310144656-1049
14Gillingham381212145256-448
15Port Vale38146184753-648
16Walsall371113133641-546
17Scunthorpe361110154856-843
18Coventry381013154354-1143
19Crawley381110174364-2143
20Notts County37119173750-1342
21Crewe38126203568-3342
22Leyton Orient37109184753-639
23Colchester38108204663-1738
24Yeovil3889212858-3033
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