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Sheff Utd   2 - 0   Bristol City

Sheffield United 2-0 Bristol City

Sheffield United 2-0 Bristol City

Sheffield United shrugged off a slow start to maintain their push for the Championship play-offs at Bristol City's expense.

Chris Iwelumo showed some promising early touches on his City debut, but United gradually grew in authority.

City keeper Dean Gerken pulled off some excellent saves, but was powerless to stop Henri Camara's vicious second-half effort from nestling in the top corner.

Darius Henderson nodded in Jamie Ward's cross on the hour to seal the points.

The win, United's first in five games, leaves the Blades a point adrift of sixth-placed Leicester, who have played two games fewer.

City, meanwhile, are without a victory since mid-January and have now conceded 13 goals in their last six games.

Yet Gary Johnson's men started well, and had Iwelumo got more purchase on an early header, or not clean-aired a presentable chance soon afterwards, the game might have unfolded differently.

As it was, despite a mostly competitive City display, United slowly stamped their authority on the proceedings.

Henderson had twice failed to hit the target from inviting crosses before Gerken pulled off excellent saves from Bartley, the young defender on loan from Arsenal, and the excellent Mark Yeates.

Without Gerken's eye-catching contribution, City - who have won only twice away from home all season - would have suffered a far heavier defeat.

But the City keeper, who had saved brilliantly from Camara moments earlier, was beaten all ends up when the same player drove a spectacular effort past him from Bartley's clipped pass early in the second half.

And when Henderson headed home a teasing near-post delivery from Ward, who had brushed the top of the net with a free-kick only minutes earlier, the writing was on the wall for City.


Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"I thought everyone played really, really well.

"We used the ball intelligently and moved well off it. When you see us go out and look like that then it makes you realise our biggest problem this season is going to be keeping everybody fit.

"If we can do that then we've got every chance.

"We are trying to build something and the boys have shown out there what they can do."

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson:

"We didn't do enough to give ourselves a chance to win the game and the the first goal killed us.

"Our confidence is a bit low at the moment and it just seemed to drain - that's where we are.

"We've been drawing a lot, especially away from home, and now we're getting our fair share of defeats.

"But we've got two home games now and hopefully we can get a bit of confidence going with our fans behind us."

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 2-0 Bristol City FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Camara 49
  • Henderson 62

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 06 Nosworthy
    • 21 Bartley
    • 26 Geary yellow card
    • 32 Kallio
    • 04 Montgomery
    • 11 Yeates
    • 12 Williamson
    • 07 Henderson (Cresswell 89)
    • 18 Ward
    • 37 Camara (Quinn 81)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 19 Stewart,
    • 33 Fortune,
    • 25 Little,
    • 28 Quinn,
    • 09 Evans,
    • 17 Cresswell

    Bristol City

    • 22 Gerken
    • 02 Orr
    • 04 Fontaine
    • 06 Carey
    • 32 Nyatanga yellow card
    • 11 Hartley yellow card
    • 14 Skuse (Clarkson 90+3)
    • 15 Williams (Elliott 67)
    • 17 Sproule
    • 36 Agyemang (Haynes 67)
    • 37 Iwelumo

    Substitutes

    • 13 Collis,
    • 18 Wilson,
    • 28 Edwards,
    • 07 Elliott,
    • 08 Johnson,
    • 09 Clarkson,
    • 31 Haynes
    Ref: DeadmanAtt: 22,613
    SHEFF UTD
    BRISTOL CITY

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 55%
    • Bristol City 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 12
    • Bristol City 8

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 9
    • Bristol City 4

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 8
    • Bristol City 4

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 16
    • Bristol City 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:14 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+3:46 Effort from deep inside the area by Stephen Quinn misses to the right of the goal.
    • 90:00+2:59 Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
    • 90:00+2:17 Free kick taken by Louis Carey.
    • 90:00+2:17 Substitution David Clarkson on for Cole Skuse.
    • 90:00+2:17 Unfair challenge on Lewin Nyatanga by Richard Cresswell results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+1:59 The ball is swung over by Bradley Orr, Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
    • 89:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Carey by Richard Cresswell. Dean Gerken takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:32 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Richard Cresswell coming on for Darius Henderson.
    • 88:14 Mark Yeates takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 87:35 Jamie Ward takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
    • 87:24 Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
    • 86:47 The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, clearance by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 85:41 Chris Iwelumo is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 82:22 Louis Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Bunn. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 82:03 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 81:32 Marvin Elliott delivers the ball, Nyron Nosworthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:42 Substitution Stephen Quinn comes on in place of Henri Camara.
    • 79:23 Danny Haynes takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Bartley.
    • 79:02 Marvin Elliott fouled by Darius Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 78:29 Cole Skuse produces a cross.
    • 78:06 The ball is swung over by Ivan Sproule, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 77:27 Henri Camara takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a comfortable save.
    • 77:08 Henri Camara takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
    • 76:22 The offside flag is raised against Henri Camara. Louis Carey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:26 Jamie Ward challenges Dean Gerken unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
    • 74:22 Unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Nyron Nosworthy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 73:33 Corner taken by Mark Yeates played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Haynes.
    • 70:08 Outswinging corner taken by Paul Hartley, Louis Carey takes a shot.
    • 69:59 The ball is swung over by Ivan Sproule, blocked by Toni Kallio.
    • 68:43 Lee Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 66:12 Substitution Danny Haynes on for Patrick Agyemang.
    • 66:12 Substitution Marvin Elliott comes on in place of Gavin Williams.
    • 65:55 Effort on goal by Mark Yeates from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 65:44 The ball is sent over by Derek Geary, clearance by Paul Hartley.
    • 64:26 Effort from the edge of the box by Ivan Sproule goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 63:28 Jamie Ward takes a shot.
    • 62:32 The ball is delivered by Ivan Sproule, Mark Bunn makes a comfortable save.
    • 61:17 Jamie Ward provided the assist for the goal.
    • 61:17 GOAL - Darius HendersonSheff Utd 2 - 0 Bristol City Darius Henderson finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Sheff Utd 2-0 Bristol City.
    • 61:13 The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward,
    • 60:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, Liam Fontaine makes a clearance.
    • 60:20 The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, Lewin Nyatanga gets a block in.
    • 60:10 Jamie Ward delivers the ball.
    • 58:55 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie Ward.
    • 58:55 Booking Lewin Nyatanga is cautioned.
    • 58:35 Lewin Nyatanga concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Yeates.
    • 57:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates, Darius Henderson takes a shot. Clearance made by Louis Carey.
    • 57:35 Henri Camara produces a cross, Lewin Nyatanga gets a block in.
    • 55:48 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Yeates, free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Bartley on Louis Carey. Direct free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
    • 54:54 Shot from just outside the box by Bradley Orr goes over the bar.
    • 53:17 Mark Yeates produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Dean Gerken makes a comfortable save.
    • 53:17 Booking Paul Hartley is cautioned.
    • 52:36 Unfair challenge on Darius Henderson by Liam Fontaine results in a free kick.
    • 52:07 Ivan Sproule is penalised for a handball. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:09 Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line.
    • 50:19 Ivan Sproule sends in a cross, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
    • 50:02 The ball is swung over by Cole Skuse.
    • 48:08 Kyle Bartley provided the assist for the goal.
    • 48:08 GOAL - Henri CamaraSheff Utd 1 - 0 Bristol City Goal scored by Henri Camara from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Bristol City.
    • 47:06 Patrick Agyemang concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Bartley. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 46:41 Foul by Henri Camara on Cole Skuse, free kick awarded. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
    • 46:23 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line, clearance by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 45:59 Derek Geary crosses the ball, Henri Camara takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
    • Correction - 45:00+0:20 The ball is swung over by Derek Geary.
    • 45:00+0:20 Jamie Ward crosses the ball.
    • 42:27 Mark Yeates delivers the ball, save by Dean Gerken.
    • 41:19 The ball is delivered by Mark Yeates, clearance by Paul Hartley.
    • 39:04 The ball is sent over by Lewin Nyatanga, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 36:46 Derek Geary delivers the ball, clearance made by Gavin Williams.
    • 36:10 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, Bradley Orr makes a clearance.
    • 34:57 Mark Yeates takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Liam Fontaine.
    • 34:49 Toni Kallio sends in a cross, blocked by Bradley Orr.
    • 34:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Williams on Lee Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 33:30 Unfair challenge on Cole Skuse by Nick Montgomery results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Orr.
    • 33:14 Mark Yeates has a volleyed shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
    • 32:29 Kyle Bartley takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.
    • 32:21 A cross is delivered by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Louis Carey.
    • 31:09 Foul by Jamie Ward on Ivan Sproule, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Orr.
    • 30:31 Patrick Agyemang is ruled offside. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 29:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ward on Ivan Sproule. Cole Skuse restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:44 The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, Lee Williamson takes a shot. Bradley Orr gets a block in.
    • 27:28 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Yeates, Dean Gerken makes a comfortable save.
    • 27:18 Mark Yeates produces a cross, Bradley Orr makes a clearance.
    • 26:00 Unfair challenge on Toni Kallio by Ivan Sproule results in a free kick. Toni Kallio restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:41 Mark Yeates takes a shot. Blocked by Louis Carey.
    • 23:06 Toni Kallio crosses the ball.
    • 22:01 Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Bunn makes a comfortable save.
    • 22:01 Booking The referee books Derek Geary for unsporting behaviour.
    • 21:30 Derek Geary challenges Gavin Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 20:34 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, Darius Henderson has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 18:55 Unfair challenge on Liam Fontaine by Darius Henderson results in a free kick. Dean Gerken takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:36 Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
    • 17:54 A cross is delivered by Derek Geary, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Darius Henderson misses to the right of the target.
    • 16:49 Shot by Henri Camara from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 15:50 A cross is delivered by Bradley Orr, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.
    • 15:02 Gavin Williams takes a shot.
    • 12:36 Paul Hartley takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Liam Fontaine on Mark Bunn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 11:59 Lee Williamson takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
    • 11:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Hartley.
    • 11:01 Shot from 18 yards by Chris Iwelumo. Blocked by Toni Kallio.
    • 10:37 Jamie Ward sends in a cross, Louis Carey makes a clearance.
    • 9:16 Foul by Patrick Agyemang on Derek Geary, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:11 Lewin Nyatanga challenges Mark Yeates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Yeates from right wing, clearance made by Liam Fontaine.
    • 6:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on Lewin Nyatanga. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley from left wing, clearance by Nick Montgomery.
    • 6:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Carey by Darius Henderson. Bradley Orr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Henri Camara. Louis Carey takes the free kick.
    • 4:39 The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward.
    • 4:23 Chris Iwelumo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery. Lee Williamson takes the free kick.
    • 3:44 Patrick Agyemang takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
    • 2:40 Chris Iwelumo takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
    • 2:25 Lewin Nyatanga delivers the ball, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 0:33 Nick Montgomery concedes a free kick for a foul on Cole Skuse. Paul Hartley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 0:33 Nick Montgomery concedes a free kick for a foul on Cole Skuse. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 13 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 30 28 60
    2 West Brom 30 30 59
    3 Nottm Forest 31 22 55
    4 Swansea 30 6 49
    5 Cardiff 29 20 48
    6 Leicester 29 7 46
    7 Sheff Utd 31 2 45
    8 Middlesbrough 31 9 44
    9 Blackpool 31 6 41
    10 Coventry 31 -6 40
    11 Preston 30 -6 39
    12 Barnsley 30 -7 39
    13 Watford 29 -2 38
    14 Doncaster 29 -1 37
    15 Bristol City 30 -8 37
    16 Derby 30 -8 36
    17 QPR 30 -7 34
    18 Sheff Wed 30 -11 34
    19 Crystal Palace 29 2 33
    20 Ipswich 29 -7 33
    21 Scunthorpe 30 -20 33
    22 Reading 29 -14 32
    23 Plymouth 29 -14 27
    24 Peterborough 31 -21 21