BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 17:16 GMT, Monday, 28 December 2009

Sheff Utd   1 - 0   Preston

Sheffield United v Preston

Sheffield United 1-0 Preston

Jamie Ward struck an 86th-minute winner to hand Sheffield United a hard-fought victory over Preston.

United started well and Henri Camara shot over before Ward had a long-range drive well blocked by Neill Collins.

Camera wasted several other chances while home keeper Mark Bunn produced a fine save from Chris Brown's header.

The match looked destined to end all square until Ward hit a free-kick from 30 yards out which flew into the bottom corner of Andy Lonergan's net.

United's victory sees them leapfrog Blackpool into seventh, although Ian Holloway's men have two games in hand following the postponement of their meeting with Sheffield Wednesday because of a frozen pitch.


Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"I thought it was going to end in frustration but we got the result we deserved.

"You have to win football matches in lots of different ways and we did that.

"We played some terrific stuff at times, some scrappy stuff and some ugly stuff but we got there and rightly so."

Preston manager Alan Irvine:
"I thought we had earned something from that.

"We looked comfortable towards the end and, if anything, seemed the more likely to go on and do something.

"We knew we had to stand up to United because this is a very difficult ground to come to. The one thing we could have done is use the ball much better."

Live text and stats

 

Monday, 28 December 2009

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 1-0 Preston FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ward 86

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 05 Morgan
    • 06 Kilgallon
    • 19 Stewart
    • 26 Geary
    • 04 Montgomery
    • 28 Quinn (Williamson 71)
    • 09 Evans
    • 17 Cresswell
    • 18 Ward yellow card (Taylor 90+3)
    • 37 Camara (Little 75)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 03 Naysmith,
    • 16 Taylor,
    • 02 France,
    • 10 Reid,
    • 12 Williamson,
    • 25 Little

    Preston

    • 01 Lonergan
    • 03 Davidson (Mellor 89)
    • 06 Collins
    • 12 St. Ledger
    • 19 Jones
    • 04 Chaplow
    • 07 Sedgwick
    • 17 Parry (Shumulikoski 59)
    • 18 Tonge
    • 26 Parkin yellow card (Brown 46)
    • 29 Elliott

    Substitutes

    • 22 Henderson,
    • 14 Chilvers,
    • 27 Nolan,
    • 08 Shumulikoski,
    • 11 Carter,
    • 09 Brown,
    • 33 Mellor
    Ref: KettleAtt: 25,231
    SHEFF UTD
    PRESTON

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 46%
    • Preston 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Preston 1

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 8
    • Preston 4

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 8
    • Preston 2

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 10
    • Preston 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:48 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+4:50 The ball is swung over by Richard Chaplow.
    • 90:00+4:31 Richard Chaplow sends in a cross, clearance by Andy Taylor.
    • 90:00+3:46 Richard Chaplow fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Billy Jones takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:04 Short corner taken by Glen Little from the left by-line.
    • 90:00+2:04 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Andy Taylor coming on for Jamie Ward.
    • 90:00+2:04 Short corner taken by Glen Little.
    • 90:00+1:08 Booking Jamie Ward is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+0:56 Jamie Ward is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 89:12 Chris Brown takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Chris Morgan.
    • 88:31 Substitution Neil Mellor on for Callum Davidson.
    • 85:55 GOAL - Jamie WardSheff Utd 1 - 0 Preston Jamie Ward scores from his cross. Sheff Utd 1-0 Preston.
    • 85:36 Chris Sedgwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Stewart.
    • 82:03 Jordan Stewart challenges Billy Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
    • 81:37 Unfair challenge on Lee Williamson by Richard Chaplow results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 80:52 Jamie Ward produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • Correction - 79:51 Foul by Nick Montgomery on Richard Chaplow, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
    • 79:51 Nick Montgomery challenges Richard Chaplow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neill Collins takes the free kick.
    • 78:30 Ched Evans has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
    • 77:53 Stephen Elliott has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 76:12 The ball is delivered by Jamie Ward, Richard Chaplow manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:55 The ball is swung over by Nick Montgomery, clearance by Billy Jones.
    • 73:11 Substitution Glen Little replaces Henri Camara.
    • 73:11 Sean St. Ledger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Henri Camara. Centre by Jamie Ward, Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Blocked by Billy Jones. Jamie Ward takes the inswinging corner, Ched Evans produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 70:45 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Lee Williamson coming on for Stephen Quinn.
    • 70:23 Centre by Derek Geary, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 68:35 Callum Davidson crosses the ball, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 67:45 The referee blows for offside against Henri Camara. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 67:28 A cross is delivered by Billy Jones, Chris Brown takes a shot. Brilliant save by Mark Bunn.
    • 65:29 Michael Tonge decides to take the corner short. A cross is delivered by Michael Tonge, clearance made by Jordan Stewart. Foul by Richard Chaplow on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 64:02 Handball by Nick Montgomery. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
    • 63:05 Billy Jones challenges Richard Cresswell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Kilgallon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:07 Effort on goal by Chris Sedgwick from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 61:25 The ball is delivered by Stephen Elliott, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 59:52 Billy Jones delivers the ball, Nick Montgomery makes a clearance.
    • 58:31 Substitution Paul Parry leaves the field to be replaced by Veliche Shumulikoski.
    • 56:08 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, Billy Jones makes a clearance.
    • 52:47 Jordan Stewart fouled by Michael Tonge, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Kilgallon takes the free kick.
    • 51:54 Ched Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Davidson. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
    • 50:48 The ball is sent over by Stephen Elliott.
    • 49:15 Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:56 Jamie Ward delivers the ball, save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 48:34 Derek Geary delivers the ball, blocked by Paul Parry.
    • 46:41 Unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart by Chris Brown results in a free kick. Matthew Kilgallon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:05 Jordan Stewart sends in a cross.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Chris Brown replaces Jon Parkin.
    • 45:00+6:32 Henri Camara takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:54 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+4:18 Derek Geary delivers the ball, clearance made by Billy Jones. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stephen Quinn.
    • 45:00+4:05 Derek Geary crosses the ball, clearance made by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 45:00+2:37 Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Jordan Stewart results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Callum Davidson.
    • 45:00+1:25 Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Geary. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Quinn, Jon Parkin makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 45:00+0:45 Unfair challenge on Derek Geary by Paul Parry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • 45:00+0:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Parry on Derek Geary. Matthew Kilgallon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:07 Jordan Stewart produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 44:36 The ball is swung over by Jamie Ward, Henri Camara takes a shot. Blocked by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 44:14 Henri Camara produces a cross, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:05 Effort from deep inside the area by Henri Camara clears the bar.
    • 41:10 Ched Evans challenges Richard Chaplow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Paul Parry, clearance made by Chris Morgan.
    • Correction - 40:11 Chris Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott. Paul Parry takes the free kick, The ball is swung over by Chris Morgan.
    • 40:11 Chris Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Elliott. Paul Parry restarts play with the free kick, Centre by Chris Morgan,
    • 39:51 The ball is crossed by Derek Geary, Ched Evans has an effort at goal. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 39:26 A cross is delivered by Paul Parry. Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean St. Ledger on Chris Morgan. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:53 Stephen Elliott delivers the ball, clearance made by Chris Morgan. Corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry to the near post, clearance made by Ched Evans.
    • 38:07 Jamie Ward delivers the ball. Richard Cresswell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 37:59 The ball is swung over by Henri Camara, clearance made by Neill Collins.
    • 37:16 The ball is crossed by Richard Chaplow, Chris Morgan makes a clearance.
    • 37:07 Billy Jones produces a cross, Jordan Stewart manages to make a clearance.
    • 35:58 Billy Jones sends in a cross, Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance. The ball is swung over by Richard Chaplow, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 34:11 The referee penalises Richard Chaplow for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ched Evans.
    • 33:51 The ball is delivered by Henri Camara, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:16 Richard Chaplow is ruled offside. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 31:51 Unfair challenge on Chris Morgan by Stephen Elliott results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 31:03 The ball is delivered by Jamie Ward, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 30:17 The offside flag is raised against Jon Parkin. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 26:44 The ball is delivered by Nick Montgomery, Neill Collins makes a clearance.
    • 25:29 The ball is swung over by Callum Davidson, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.
    • 25:12 Stephen Quinn sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Sedgwick.
    • 23:48 Booking Jon Parkin receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 23:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Parkin on Derek Geary. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:58 Henri Camara produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 21:41 Stephen Quinn sends in a cross.
    • 21:07 Unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart by Chris Sedgwick results in a free kick. Matthew Kilgallon takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:58 Jon Parkin challenges Matthew Kilgallon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:36 Nick Montgomery challenges Michael Tonge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 18:38 Derek Geary delivers the ball, Ched Evans takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in. Jamie Ward takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jon Parkin makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Derek Geary, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.
    • 18:11 The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, Richard Chaplow makes a clearance.
    • 16:02 Centre by Chris Sedgwick, Jordan Stewart gets a block in.
    • 14:36 Jamie Ward takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.
    • 13:18 Jon Parkin has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • Correction - 12:30 The ball is swung over by Jordan Stewart, Shot on goal by Henri Camara from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 12:30 Centre by Jordan Stewart, Henri Camara produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 12:17 The ball is sent over by Nick Montgomery, clearance by Neill Collins.
    • 11:27 Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Richard Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:01 Chris Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Parry. Paul Parry crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
    • Correction - 5:06 Richard Cresswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Jones. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 5:06 Richard Cresswell challenges Billy Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:36 The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, clearance by Billy Jones.
    • 4:26 The ball is delivered by Henri Camara, Billy Jones gets a block in.
    • 3:42 Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Matthew Kilgallon takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:32 The ball is swung over by Callum Davidson, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 2:53 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

    Live text and data provided by The Press Association.



    Print Sponsor



    Championship table

    Monday, 28 December 2009 19:17 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    Full Championship table
    1 Newcastle 24 25 51
    2 West Brom 23 26 45
    3 Nottm Forest 24 16 43
    4 Cardiff 23 15 37
    5 Leicester 22 4 37
    6 Swansea 24 2 37
    7 Sheff Utd 24 2 35
    8 Blackpool 22 10 34
    9 Crystal Palace 24 1 34
    10 QPR 24 2 33
    11 Middlesbrough 24 5 32
    12 Bristol City 24 0 32
    13 Watford 24 -4 32
    14 Doncaster 23 2 30
    15 Barnsley 22 -5 30
    16 Preston 23 -3 29
    17 Coventry 24 -9 28
    18 Derby 24 -11 26
    19 Ipswich 23 -7 24
    20 Reading 24 -13 23
    21 Scunthorpe 23 -19 23
    22 Plymouth 23 -13 21
    23 Sheff Wed 23 -14 19
    24 Peterborough 24 -12 18


    BBC navigation

    BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

    This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.