Bramall Lane, England

Referee: Mick Russell | Attendance: 18946

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Sheffield United

  • Nick Blackman 66' PEN

1 - 0


Blades maintain momentum

Nick Blackman's penalty midway through the second half gave Sheffield United a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth to move level on points with npower League One leaders Tranmere.

The hosts nearly got off to a great start when Blackman threatened early on, firing in a shot which was saved by Mikkel Andersen.

Portsmouth then went close to scoring when a superb long-range effort from Akos Buzsaky struck the woodwork and Scott Allan also had a shot blocked.

United's Neill Collins headed over and Chris Porter put a header wide.

But it was the visitors who looked the more likely scorers in the first half with Allan shooting wide after a strong run into the area and Buzsaky's drive going just over.

United keeper George Long kept out an effort from Johnny Ertl soon after the re-start.

Harry Maguire put a shot off-target before Blackman scored from the spot in the 66th minute after Lubomir Michalik's reckless sliding tackle on Porter.

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Scoring Summary

  • Sheffield United
  • Portsmouth
Nick Blackman (pen 66')

Match Stats

  • Sheffield United
  • Portsmouth
8(3) Shots (on goal) 9(3)
10 Fouls 17
5 Corner kicks 7
3 Offsides 3
54% Time of Possession 46%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 2


  • Sheffield United
  • Portsmouth
Yellow Cards