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Sheffield United v Port Vale

1 December 2012

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Richard Cresswell, John Cofie, Danny Philliskirk, Joe Ironside, Callum McFadzeen, Marcus Williams, Danny CoyneSUBS:George Long, Darryl Westlake, Harry Maguire, Matt Hill, Ryan Flynn, Michael Doyle, Chris Porter, Nick Blackman, Shaun Miller, Neill Collins, David McAllister.

PORT VALE: Rob Taylor, Doug Loft, Louis Dodds, Sam JohnsonChris Shuker, Calvin Andrew, Joe DavisSUBS:Chris Neal, Adam Yates, John McCombe, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ashley Vincent, Tom Pope, Clayton McDonald, Ben Williamson, Kingsley James, Ryan Burge, Richard Duffy.

Attendance:10,215 including 3,295 visiting supporters

their previous game. Clayton McDonald was declared for Vale’s FA Cup tie at Bramall Lane, meaning Vale were unchanged from the eleven who started away to Aldershot in

place on the bench, where he was joined by new signing Calvin Andrew. Skipper Doug Loft was back in the squad, but had to settle for

Vale settled into things early on and were certainly not in any way daunted by the task ahead of them, perhaps having slightly the better of things in terms of possession.

The Blades had obviously done a bit of homework. Every time Jennison Myrie-Williams received the ball be quickly had two men close him down.

minute when Nick Blackmon shot from just inside the 18 yard box but the ball deflected off Clayton McDonald for a corner.thThe home side were not too far off taking the lead in the 14

Vale were showing plenty of attacking ambition, however, and were causing a few problems of their own at the other end.

minute after McDonald had nodded on Adam Yates throw from the right, but up to that point neither ‘keeper had an awful lot to do.thTom Pope hit the side-netting in the 28

minute, when Tom Pope slipped the ball through for Ben Williamson inside the box and George Long raced off his line to block the Vale striker’s shot.ndThat was until the 32

GOAL: spotted a space and drilled the ball low inside Long’s left hand post to put the Vale in front.TOM POPEA minute later the two combined again inside the box and eventually

goal of the season.stPope immediately ran, armed in the air, over to the dug outs and straight to Micky Adams and the two of them embraced, celebrating the striker’s 21

The home side almost hit back immediately after the break when Shaun Miller got on the end of a laft wing cross. His powerful close range header had ‘goal’ written all over it, but Chris Neal reacted superbly, moving sharply to his left to push the ball away.

If ever Vale needed a reminder that there was still plenty of work to do then that was it, as the home side began the second half on the front foot.

Vale soaked it up for ten minutes and then began to give the home side something to think about at the other end.

The game was still fairly evenly matched, but Vale were defending their lead well as a team, with every single player willing to work for the cause.

Chris Neal had to spread himself well inside his six yard area to keep out Nick Blackman when arguably United’s most dangerous player on the day burst inside the six yard box as the home side upped the tempo.

minute. Louis Dodds and Calvin Andrew coming on to replace Myrie-Williams and Williamson.thVale made a double substitution in the 75

minute when Blackman’s right wing cross found the head of Miller at the far post. He headed the ball down and the bounce took it over the bar, when the home side looked odds on to equalise.thVale rode their luck a little in the 80

Blackman the burst through and fired his shot against the side-netting with Vale on the back foot once again.

minute when Rob Taylor came off the bench to take the place of Ashley Vincent.thVale made their third and final change in the 85

GOAL: got on the end of it to head home the equaliser.SHAUN MILLER minute when Ryan Flynn pumped the ball into the box and thVale were dealt a blow in the 90

GOAL: grabbed his second and the winning goal for the Blades.MILLERWith four minutes of stoppage time being indicated the home side went all out for a winner, and with three minutes and fifty seconds of stoppage time played


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