Stevenage   2 - 1   Sheffield Utd

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Stevenage v Sheffield United

Stevenage 2-1 Sheffield Utd

Scott Laird's late strike saw Stevenage extend their excellent run of form with a victory over Sheffield United.

Stevenage took the lead when Craig Reid's corner was not cleared by the Blades' defence and Mark Roberts drilled a shot past Steve Simonsen.

Blades substitute Ched Evans struck a low free-kick into the corner to level the scores.

But Boro claimed the victory when Lawrie Wilson was fouled and Laird fired home the resulting penalty.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a solid performance. It was professional, it was organised. There was a great discipline about it, great work rate, everything that is us really.

"It was a cup final from our point of view in his (Danny Wilson's) words. I have got news, every game is a cup final to us. I think if you are going to win honours you have got to treat every game as a cup-final.

"Look at the chances in the game - we have hit the crossbar, we've rattled the ball across the goal, we had numerous attempts on their goal during the 90 minutes. Cresswell fired over and the free-kick is about all they have mustered."

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think we weathered a very long aerial bombardment, as we expected, physicality with players falling down, free kicks coming in the box, long throws coming in and we dealt with it.

"When we got back into the game there was only one team going to win it in my mind.

"The spaces were opening up for us and we started to play and stretch them and then it's an indecision again."

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Npower League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stevenage 2-1 Sheffield Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Roberts 42
  • Laird 82
  • Laird (pen) 82
  • Evans 69

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Wilson
  • 03 Laird
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry
  • 08 Long (Shroot 78)
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid (Harrison 78)
  • 20 Beardsley yellow card (Edwards 85)

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian,
  • 06 Edwards,
  • 32 Shroot,
  • 18 Cowan,
  • 26 Harrison

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 30 Williams (Lescinel 71 yellow card)
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 08 Doyle
  • 28 Quinn
  • 32 M Phillips
  • 17 Cresswell (Porter 87 yellow card)
  • 26 Clarke (Evans 54)

Substitutes

  • 25 Long,
  • 03 Lescinel,
  • 27 McDonald,
  • 09 Evans,
  • 21 Porter
Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 4,996
STEVENAGE
SHEFFIELD UTD

Possession

  • Stevenage 54%
  • Sheffield Utd 46%

Attempts on target

  • Stevenage 6
  • Sheffield Utd 3

Attempts off target

  • Stevenage 4
  • Sheffield Utd 5

Corners

  • Stevenage 8
  • Sheffield Utd 6

Fouls

  • Stevenage 12
  • Sheffield Utd 15
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+4:24 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:46 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 90:00+3:23 Foul by Byron Harrison (Stevenage) on Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd) from right channel, passed.
  • 90:00+3:08 Attacking throw-in by Robin Shroot (Stevenage).
  • 90:00+2:45 Attacking throw-in by Robin Shroot (Stevenage).
  • 90:00+1:18 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Robin Shroot (Stevenage). Foul by Robin Shroot (Stevenage) on Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+1:00 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 90:00+0:45 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 90:00 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 89:28 Foul by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) on Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) from right wing, passed.
  • 87:37 Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Robin Shroot (Stevenage).
  • 87:18 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 86:41 Booking Chris Porter (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 86:09 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Richard Cresswell replaced by Chris Porter (tactical).
  • 84:23 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Chris Beardsley replaced by Phil Edwards (tactical).
  • 81:59 Assist by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage) from right side of penalty area.
  • 81:59 GOAL - Scott LairdStevenage 2 - 1 Sheffield Utd Placed penalty taken left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Stevenage 2-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 81:59 Lawrie Wilson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 81:59 GOAL - Scott LairdStevenage 2 - 1 Sheffield Utd Scott Laird finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 81:53 Foul by Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Sheff Utd) on Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage).
  • 79:57 Foul by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 79:50 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 78:38 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 77:52 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 77:28 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Stacy Long replaced by Robin Shroot (tactical).
  • 77:08 Substitution Stevenage substitution: Craig Reid replaced by Byron Harrison (tactical).
  • 75:26 Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage) on Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 75:02 Booking Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Sheff Utd) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 75:01 Booking Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:50 Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage) on Michael Doyle (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 74:21 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 73:20 Foul by Mark Roberts (Stevenage) on Ched Evans (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Michael Doyle (Sheff Utd) from left channel (6 yards), over the bar.
  • 73:07 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 72:25 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 71:36 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by John Mousinho (Stevenage) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.
  • 71:20 Header by Jon Ashton (Stevenage) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd).
  • 70:40 Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 70:03 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Marcus Williams replaced by Lecsinel Jean-Francois (tactical).
  • 69:17 Foul by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) on Scott Laird (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 68:03 Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage) on Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 68:03 GOAL - Ched EvansStevenage 1 - 1 Sheffield Utd Goal by Ched Evans (Sheff Utd) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (18 yards).Stevenage 1-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 65:47 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 65:09 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 63:53 Foul by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd) on Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage). Free kick crossed left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from right wing, save (punched) by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 63:09 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 62:44 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 62:18 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 61:46 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 61:14 Defending throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 60:51 Header by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 60:03 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 59:36 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 59:07 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 58:33 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 57:09 Foul by Craig Reid (Stevenage) on Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) from own half, passed.
  • 56:44 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 56:34 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
  • 55:28 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 54:47 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 53:50 Substitution Sheff Utd substitution: Billy Clarke replaced by Ched Evans (tactical).
  • 53:36 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) to short, resulting in open play.
  • 52:50 Attacking throw-in by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd).
  • 52:12 Handball by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd) from right channel, passed.
  • 51:20 Defending throw-in by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage).
  • 50:55 Defending throw-in by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage).
  • 49:44 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd) to far post, foul by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd) on John Mousinho (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.
  • 49:12 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd) to near post, clearance by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).
  • 48:13 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd).
  • 48:02 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd).
  • 47:32 Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage) on Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 47:04 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 46:55 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 46:21 Shot by Stacy Long (Stevenage) left-footed from left channel (18 yards),
  • 45:47 Foul by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) on Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 45:09 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:00+1:59 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:23 Attacking throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 45:00+0:58 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 45:00+0:08 Shot by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
  • 44:35 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 43:43 Foul by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd) on Michael Bostwick (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 41:57 GOAL - Mark RobertsStevenage 1 - 0 Sheffield Utd goal by Mark Roberts (Stevenage) left-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (12 yards).Stevenage 1-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 41:30 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) to near post,
  • 39:59 Foul by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd) on Stacy Long (Stevenage). Free kick crossed right-footed by John Mousinho (Stevenage) from left wing, clearance by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd).
  • 38:37 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 38:18 Shot by Stacy Long (Stevenage) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.
  • 37:34 Foul by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd) on Ronnie Henry (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.
  • 36:47 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 35:41 Foul by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick crossed right-footed by John Mousinho (Stevenage) from left wing, clearance by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd).
  • 35:10 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 34:14 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 32:54 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 32:43 Shot by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
  • 32:06 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 31:24 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 30:52 Attacking throw-in by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd).
  • 29:52 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) to near post, save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 27:18 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 25:18 Shot by Billy Clarke (Sheff Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Jon Ashton (Stevenage). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd) to far post, shot by Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 24:33 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 23:11 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) to short, resulting in open play.
  • 22:25 Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheff Utd) on Stacy Long (Stevenage). Free kick taken left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from own half, passed.
  • 22:07 Defending throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 21:45 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 20:43 Foul by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage) on Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken left-footed by Billy Clarke (Sheff Utd) from left channel (30 yards), missed left.
  • 19:55 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 19:37 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 19:14 Attacking throw-in by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd).
  • 16:52 Shot by Stacy Long (Stevenage) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) to far post, resulting in ball out of play. Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Reid (Stevenage) to near post, shot by Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 15:39 Foul by Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd) on Mark Roberts (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.
  • 15:14 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd).
  • 14:36 Foul by Craig Reid (Stevenage) on Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd) from centre of penalty area, resulting in open play.
  • 14:26 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 14:07 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 13:54 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 13:39 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 13:01 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 12:34 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 12:24 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Lowton (Sheff Utd).
  • 11:08 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 10:30 Foul by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) on Chris Beardsley (Stevenage). Free kick crossed left-footed by Scott Laird (Stevenage) from right wing, clearance by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd).
  • 9:36 Attacking throw-in by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd).
  • 9:25 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 8:44 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 8:29 Attacking throw-in by John Mousinho (Stevenage).
  • 7:34 Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) on Nick Montgomery (Sheff Utd). Free kick taken right-footed by Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 7:06 Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Day (Stevenage) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 6:34 Attacking throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 6:19 Attacking throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 5:48 Shot by Craig Reid (Stevenage) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd).
  • 5:16 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).
  • 4:32 Attacking throw-in by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd).
  • 3:43 Handball by Lawrie Wilson (Stevenage). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:44 Defending throw-in by Scott Laird (Stevenage).
  • 2:34 Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Neill Collins (Sheff Utd) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:20 Goal kick taken long by Chris Day (Stevenage).
  • 1:53 Shot by Richard Cresswell (Sheff Utd) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
  • 0:39 Foul by Stacy Long (Stevenage) on Matt Phillips (Sheff Utd). Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) from right wing, clearance by Michael Bostwick (Stevenage). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd) to centre, clearance by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).
  • 0:01 Defending throw-in by Marcus Williams (Sheff Utd).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Npower League One table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Charlton 17 25 40
2 Huddersfield 17 21 35
3 Sheffield Wed 17 8 33
4 MK Dons 17 13 30
5 Sheffield Utd 17 9 29
6 Notts County 17 7 28
7 Stevenage 17 6 26
8 Tranmere 17 3 26
9 Brentford 17 2 26
10 Carlisle 17 -3 26
11 Colchester 17 1 23
12 Hartlepool 16 -2 23
13 Preston 16 -3 23
14 Oldham 17 -5 22
15 Bury 17 -5 21
16 Bournemouth 17 -5 19
17 Scunthorpe 17 -2 18
18 Leyton Orient 17 -9 18
19 Exeter 17 -13 16
20 Walsall 17 -5 15
21 Rochdale 17 -13 14
22 Chesterfield 17 -10 13
23 Wycombe 17 -10 13
24 Yeovil 17 -10 12

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