Saturday 19th October 2013
Sheffield United v Port ValeAt Bramall Lane
Attendance: 18,545 including 1,506 visiting supporters
SHEFFIELD UNITED: George Long, Harry Maguire, Matthew Hill, Ryan Flynn, Michael Doyle, Lyle Taylor, Stephen McGinn, Neill Collins, Marlon King, Febian Brandy, Tony McMahon. SUBS: Mark Howard, Darryl Westlake, Shaun Miller, Florent Cuvelier, Conor Coady, Simon Lappin, Jamie Murphy
PORT VALE: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Chris Robertson, Liam Chilvers, Daniel Jones, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Chris Lines, Anthony Griffith, Doug Loft, Lee Hughes, Tom Pope. SUBS: Sam Johnson, Louis Dodds, Chris Shuker, Ben WIlliamson, Richard Duffy, ChrisBirchall, Kaid Mohamed.
Following Micky Adams’ comments in Thursday’s press conference at Vale Park it will not have surprised many to see winger Jennison Myrie-Williams return to the starting eleven, replacing suspended defender Carl Dickinson.
Adams had outlined his intentions to attack and try to take advantage of any lack of confidence there may be amongst a Sheffield United sitting at the foot of the table.
The opening minutes of the game were a bit stop-start, with the referee’s whistle, rightly or wrongly, interrupting play.
GOAL:But when his whistle blew in the 12th minute it was to signal a Blades’ goal – NEILL COLLINS sending a diving header past Chris Neal and inside the ‘keeper’s right hand post.
Vale were struggling to keep the a lively home side at bay and were looking just a tad nervous at times, but their task was to be made more difficult in the 20th minute when they were reduced to ten men.
Daniel Jones had picked up a yellow card five minutes earlier for unsporting behaviour and following an unfair challenge on Ran Flynn, he was shown his second yellow yard and subsequently a red.
Vale made a tactical change in the 25th minute when Richard Duffy was sent on to replace Jennison Myrie-Williams, who showed his feeling in no uncertain terms to the manager.
The home side continued to have the better of things, without really dominating the play and although Vale did push forward whenever the opportunity arose, Blades’ ‘keeper George Long had little to do.
Chris Neal came to Vale’s rescue in the 42nd minute with a point blank save from Lyle Taylor as the home side looked to increase their lead before the half time interval.
GOAL:It was Vale, however, who were celebrating, when in the second minutes of stoppage time ADAM YATES sprinted down the left and sent in a left footed cross which surprised everyone, including the Vale full back, when it flew over the ‘keeper and into the top corner of the net.
Lyle Taylor drilled a low free kick just inches wide of Chris Neal’s right upright early in the second half following Chris Robertson’s foul on Marlon King just outside the box.
The home side may have had the advantage in terms of numbers, but Vale kept plugging away, searching for a second goal, not content with a single point.
Lee Hughes managed to pick up a yellow card in the 65th minute and Micky Adams’ response was to take him off a minute later and send Louis Dodds into the mix.
Vale’s ten men continued to battle, limiting the home side to long distance shots and hitting their hosts at the other end whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Defender Chris Robertson wasn’t too far off the mark with a powerful header from a Chris Lines corner, but within minutes Vale went behind for a second time.
GOAL:The home side broke quickly when a Vale attack broke down and they took spaces at the back when Blades’ skipper MICHAEL DOYLE hit a beauty from outside the box into the top corner to restore his side’s lead with 75 minutes on the clock.
Vale made another substitution in the 79th minute with midfielder Anthony Griffith leaving the field to be replaced by Chris Birchall.
Louis Dodds almost snatched a point in stoppage time, but sadly, Vale didn’t manage to get themselves back into the game and must now make the long trip down to Crawley on Tuesday night in search of a first victory in five games.