Sheffield Utd   2 - 1   Notts County

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Ryan Flynn Ryan Flynn tucks the Blades' equaliser past Notts County keeper Stuart Nelson

Sheffield United edged past Notts County to move second in League One.

Notts went ahead when Alan Judge's 30-yard free-kick floated over the Blades' defence, but Ryan Flynn slotted home the equaliser before half-time.

United's winner came in a frantic second half when defender Alan Sheehan knocked into his own net after tussling with Richard Cresswell.

The Magpies finished the game with 10 men after substitute Ishmel Demontagnac was shown a red card in injury time.

Martin Allen's side, who have slipped away from the promotion places after three straight defeats, took a surprise lead through Judge's 17th-minute free-kick.

Although it was already heading goalwards, striker Lee Hughes may have got a slight touch with his head.

The hosts found their stride after going behind, Flynn striking Cresswell's low cross past goalkeeper Stuart Nelson to make it 1-1 on 31 minutes.

And the Blades were ahead on 51 minutes when, in attempting to block Cresswell, Sheehan unwittingly got the last touch on Stephen Quinn's pass for what proved the matchwinner.

Ched Evans and Matt Lowton both missed second-half chances before Harry Maguire's header was turned over the crossbar by Nelson and Evans fired against the right-hand post late on.

Notts' energy did not falter as Jeff Hughes' long-range effort and Karl Hawley's volley both tested keeper Steve Simonsen.

In the dying seconds of stoppage time, after Blades debutant James Beattie's late introduction, Demontagnac saw red for throwing the ball at Lowton's face.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

Blades manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The last 20 minutes it's all hands to the pump. They just threw everything at us.

"But I thought the lads were fantastic, Neill Collins and Harry Maguire. Neill in particular was a colossus. He was absolutely fantastic.

"The fans were getting a little anxious and they just needed to turn the tables on their fans and bringing James Beattie on worked a treat. His first two or three touches he did brilliantly."

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheffield Utd 2-1 Notts County FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Flynn 31
  • Sheehan (og) 51
  • Judge 17

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 03 Lescinel
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Flynn (Montgomery 90+6)
  • 27 McDonald (Ertl 83)
  • 28 Quinn yellow card
  • 09 Evans yellow card
  • 17 Cresswell yellow card (Beattie 89)

Substitutes

  • 25 Long,
  • 06 Ertl,
  • 04 Montgomery,
  • 10 Beattie,
  • 21 Porter

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 02 Kelly
  • 03 Sheehan yellow card
  • 05 Pearce (Hawley 74)
  • 18 Sodje yellow card
  • 10 Bishop
  • 11 J Hughes
  • 14 Judge
  • 19 Allen yellow card (Demontagnac 56 red card)
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 22 Burgess

Substitutes

  • 21 Mitchell,
  • 04 Edwards,
  • 06 Bencherif,
  • 07 Demontagnac,
  • 08 Hawley
Ref: MossAtt: 20,538
SHEFFIELD UTD
NOTTS COUNTY

Possession

  • Sheffield Utd 53%
  • Notts County 47%

Attempts on target

  • Sheffield Utd 8
  • Notts County 7

Attempts off target

  • Sheffield Utd 8
  • Notts County 6

Corners

  • Sheffield Utd 8
  • Notts County 3

Fouls

  • Sheffield Utd 15
  • Notts County 12
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:58 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+4:56 Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+4:56 Substitution Nick Montgomery joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Flynn.
  • 90:00+4:56 Sent off The referee shows Ishmel Demontagnac a red card.
  • 90:00+4:22 Harry Maguire fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00+3:59 Foul by Ryan Flynn on Alan Sheehan, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:53 Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Blocked by James Beattie. Jeff Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:59 Alan Judge produces a cross, Ben Burgess has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+1:41 The ball is crossed by Ched Evans.
  • 90:00+0:21 Alan Sheehan crosses the ball.
  • 88:37 Harry Maguire takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:37 Substitution James Beattie comes on in place of Richard Cresswell.
  • 88:37 Booking Sam Sodje is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl by Sam Sodje.
  • 86:35 Alan Judge sends in a cross, blocked by Johnny Ertl.
  • 85:41 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Flynn, Shot by Ched Evans from inside the penalty area bounces off the post.
  • 85:07 Karl Hawley takes a shot from 6 yards. Steve Simonsen makes a save.
  • 84:52 Ishmel Demontagnac produces a cross, clearance made by Neill Collins.
  • 84:31 Booking Ched Evans goes into the referee's book.
  • 83:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ishmel Demontagnac on Stephen Quinn. Direct free kick taken by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.
  • 82:07 Substitution Kevin McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Johnny Ertl.
  • 81:56 Julian Kelly produces a cross.
  • 79:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Alan Sheehan. Alan Sheehan has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 78:41 Ched Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Sheehan. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
  • 78:14 Lee Hughes is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 77:00 Alan Sheehan produces a cross, Header by Lee Hughes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 76:52 Alan Sheehan crosses the ball, Neill Collins makes a clearance.
  • 76:28 Kevin McDonald produces a cross, save made by Stuart Nelson.
  • 76:16 Short corner taken by Ryan Flynn.
  • 75:55 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Jeff Hughes gets a block in.
  • 74:39 Foul by Sam Sodje on Richard Cresswell, free kick awarded. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:36 Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:36 Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Karl Hawley coming on for Krystian Pearce.
  • 73:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Krystian Pearce by Ched Evans.
  • 73:20 Shot by Ched Evans from 12 yards. Stuart Nelson makes a save.
  • 72:53 Centre by Alan Sheehan, Ben Burgess takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Collins.
  • 72:14 Kevin McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge. Direct free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.
  • 71:59 The ball is swung over by Alan Sheehan, blocked by Michael Doyle.
  • 71:19 Alan Sheehan sends in a cross, Lecsinel Jean-Francois makes a clearance.
  • 70:17 The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn.
  • 68:39 The ball is swung over by Julian Kelly.
  • 68:06 Alan Sheehan crosses the ball, blocked by Stephen Quinn.
  • 67:46 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alan Sheehan, clearance by Harry Maguire.
  • 67:32 Jeff Hughes takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a brilliant save.
  • 66:12 Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:12 Booking Richard Cresswell is shown a yellow card.
  • 66:04 Foul by Richard Cresswell on Alan Judge, free kick awarded.
  • 63:50 The ball is delivered by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.
  • 63:09 The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton.
  • 61:54 Ched Evans takes a shot. Matthew Lowton produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
  • 61:06 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn to the near post, Krystian Pearce makes a clearance.
  • 60:28 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn, Neill Collins takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
  • 60:22 Matthew Lowton delivers the ball, Jeff Hughes gets a block in.
  • 59:14 Ishmel Demontagnac has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 58:14 Alan Sheehan has an effort at goal. Harry Maguire gets a block in.
  • 57:06 Lee Hughes is ruled offside. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
  • 56:35 Ishmel Demontagnac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.
  • 55:16 Substitution Ishmel Demontagnac is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Allen.
  • 52:54 Neill Collins takes the free kick.
  • 52:54 Booking The referee books Charlie Allen for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:41 Charlie Allen challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • Correction - 50:32 GOAL - Alan SheehanSheffield Utd 2 - 1 Notts County Alan Sheehan scores an own goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Notts County.
  • 50:32 Stephen Quinn provided the assist for the goal.
  • 50:32 GOAL - Richard CresswellSheffield Utd 2 - 1 Notts County Richard Cresswell scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Notts County.
  • 49:37 A cross is delivered by Julian Kelly, Stephen Quinn gets a block in.
  • 48:49 The referee blows for offside against Richard Cresswell. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
  • 48:38 Alan Judge produces a cross, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.
  • 47:54 Foul by Richard Cresswell on Sam Sodje, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:55 Effort on goal by Ryan Flynn from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:45 Ryan Flynn sends in a cross, Lee Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 45:19 Short corner taken by Ryan Flynn from the left by-line.
  • 45:12 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Sam Sodje.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:23 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+2:39 Corner taken by Alan Judge from the right by-line.
  • 45:00+1:28 The ball is swung over by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.
  • 45:00+0:04 Ched Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Sodje. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.
  • 44:23 Alan Judge has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 43:50 The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, save by Stuart Nelson.
  • 43:00 A cross is delivered by Richard Cresswell, clearance made by Julian Kelly.
  • 42:44 A cross is delivered by Neal Bishop, Michael Doyle makes a clearance.
  • 42:28 Alan Judge sends in a cross.
  • 41:13 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Flynn, Header from close range by Matthew Lowton misses to the right of the goal.
  • 41:06 Lecsinel Jean-Francois crosses the ball, clearance by Sam Sodje.
  • 40:08 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.
  • 39:18 The ball is swung over by Lee Hughes, Header from deep inside the area by Ben Burgess goes over the bar.
  • 37:53 Lecsinel Jean-Francois crosses the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Ched Evans misses to the left of the target.
  • 37:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Ben Burgess. Direct free kick taken by Harry Maguire.
  • 35:23 Matthew Lowton takes a shot from 6 yards. Stuart Nelson makes a save.
  • 34:10 Michael Doyle has an effort at goal. Clearance made by Julian Kelly.
  • 34:05 The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton, Julian Kelly manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:56 The assist for the goal came from Richard Cresswell.
  • 30:56 GOAL - Ryan FlynnSheffield Utd 1 - 1 Notts County Ryan Flynn grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Notts County.
  • 29:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Charlie Allen. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Quinn from left wing.
  • 28:28 Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Jeff Hughes results in a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
  • 27:31 Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Burgess. Free kick taken by Krystian Pearce.
  • 26:19 Lee Hughes challenges Harry Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.
  • 24:20 The ball is crossed by Julian Kelly, clearance made by Michael Doyle.
  • 23:26 Effort on goal by Ched Evans from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • Correction - 21:01 Ryan Flynn takes the outswinging corner, Neill Collins has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 21:01 Outswinging corner taken by Jeff Hughes from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Neill Collins misses to the right of the target.
  • 20:47 Matthew Lowton delivers the ball, clearance made by Krystian Pearce.
  • 20:07 Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:07 Booking Alan Sheehan receives a caution.
  • 19:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Alan Sheehan.
  • 18:23 Foul by Stephen Quinn on Alan Judge, free kick awarded. Alan Sheehan shoots direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 17:48 Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.
  • 17:48 Booking Stephen Quinn is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 17:31 Neal Bishop fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 16:14 The assist for the goal came from Ben Burgess.
  • 16:14 GOAL - Alan JudgeSheffield Utd 0 - 1 Notts County Alan Judge finds the net. Sheff Utd 0-1 Notts County.
  • 16:14 The ball is swung over by Alan Judge,
  • 15:39 Harry Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Burgess. Alan Judge crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 13:17 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Flynn, save by Stuart Nelson. Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Nelson. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.
  • 11:44 The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton.
  • 8:36 The ball is sent over by Alan Judge, blocked by Kevin McDonald.
  • 7:01 Richard Cresswell challenges Julian Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:31 The ball is delivered by Matthew Lowton, Stuart Nelson makes a comfortable save.
  • 5:41 Alan Judge takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
  • 5:21 Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeff Hughes. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.
  • 2:08 Ched Evans delivers the ball.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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27 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

League One table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Dec 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Charlton 22 29 51
2 Sheffield Utd 22 17 44
3 Sheffield Wed 22 11 43
4 MK Dons 22 22 42
5 Huddersfield 22 20 42
6 Stevenage 22 12 35
7 Brentford 22 3 34
8 Carlisle 22 -2 34
9 Notts County 22 4 31
10 Preston 22 -3 31
11 Bury 22 -3 31
12 Hartlepool 22 -3 29
13 Colchester 22 -5 29
14 Oldham 22 -5 27
15 Bournemouth 22 -5 27
16 Tranmere 21 -4 26
17 Leyton Orient 22 -9 25
18 Walsall 22 -6 21
19 Exeter 22 -15 21
20 Wycombe 22 -9 20
21 Yeovil 22 -9 20
22 Scunthorpe 22 -8 19
23 Rochdale 21 -16 18
24 Chesterfield 22 -16 14

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