September 15, 2012
Cullen blunder spares Blades
A dreadful miss from Mark Cullen prevented Bury from snatching a shock win at Sheffield United as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
With Nick Blackman and Peter Sweeney exchanging strikes before the break, Peter Shirtliff's side seemed destined to secure their first victory of the new League One season when Cullen met Craig Jones' 90th-minute cross.
But, with the net at his mercy, the Bury marksman inexplicably headed over the crossbar.
Blackman, United's most dangerous player, converted debutant Paul Gallagher's pass with a well-executed volley before Sweeney dragged Bury level with a 25-yard free-kick.
Defender Harry Maguire came closest to edging United back in front with a powerful header.
Bury also had a late penalty appeal turned down when Cullen was tackled by Tony McMahon.
|1 Mark Howard||1 Trevor Carson|
|6 Matthew Hill||16 Efetobore Sodje|
|15 Neill Collins||5 Adam Brian Lockwood|
|29 Tony McMahon||3 Joe Skarz|
|2 Darryl Westlake||6 Peter Sweeney|
|5 Harry Maguire||8 Steven Schumacher|
|23 Paul Gallagher||9 Craig Jones|
|11 Kevin McDonald||11 Marcus Marshall|
|16 David McAllister||21 Andrai Jones|
|10 Nick Blackman||19 Mark Cullen|
|19 John Cofie||28 Tom Hopper|
|25 George Long||Christian Dibble 20|
|30 Marcus Williams||Mark Hughes 17|
|18 Matty Harriott||Mark Carrington 13|
|26 Callum McFadzean||Shane Byrne 4|
|17 Richard Cresswell||Tom Pratt 29|
|14 Dave Kitson||Lenell John-Lewis 12|
|12 Shaun Miller||Lateef Elford-Alliyu 15|
|Richard Cresswell for John Cofie (52)||Lenell John-Lewis for Tom Hopper (67)|
|Dave Kitson for Darryl Westlake (82)||Mark Hughes for Efetobore Sodje (74)|
|Shane Byrne for Mark Cullen (90)|
|Kevin McDonald (58)||Efetobore Sodje (66)|
|· Squads: Sheffield United | Bury|