February 9, 2013
Blades see off Town to get back on track
Sheffield United breathed fresh life into their promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory at lowly Shrewsbury, a first win in six league games for Danny Wilson's side.
The Blades made much of the running in the first half but there was no way past inspired goalkeeper Chris Weale on his 31st birthday.
Weale made a flying save to his right to claw away Kevin McDonald's 20-yard drive and then came racing off his line to bravely block from Ryan Flynn at his near post following a strong run from the winger.
Weale then took centre stage again with a brilliant save to keep out a dipping free-kick from the edge of the box whipped over the defensive wall by Tony McMahon.
United's pressure was finally rewarded in the 63rd minute, skipper Michael Doyle stabbing the ball home from close range after Shrewsbury were unable to clear a left-wing cross.
Nine minutes later and it was two-nil, with the experienced Dave Kitson taking a touch to steady himself before drilling an unstoppable 25-yard shot into the corner of Weale's net.
Shrewsbury, without injured striker Marvin Morgan, found chances hard to come by although they halved the arrears three minutes from time when a 35-yard free-kick from Stephen McGinn, on loan from Watford, found its way in to deny George Long a clean sheet.
|Shrewsbury Town||Sheffield United|
|1 Chris Weale||25 George Long|
|5 Darren Jones||15 Neill Collins|
|3 Joe Jacobson||4 Danny Higginbotham|
|23 Yado Mambo||29 Tony McMahon|
|30 Cameron Gayle||5 Harry Maguire|
|11 John Taylor||8 Michael Doyle|
|8 Matthew Richards||11 Kevin McDonald|
|15 Stephen McGinn||23 Jamie Murphy|
|19 David McAllister||7 Ryan Flynn|
|17 Paul Parry||14 Dave Kitson|
|16 Ryan Doble||16 Jonathan Forte|
|25 Joe Anyon||Danny Coyne 35|
|12 Rob Edwards||Matthew Hill 6|
|18 Connor Goldson||Darryl Westlake 2|
|6 Robert Purdie||Barry Robson 19|
|4 Luke Summerfield||Callum McFadzean 26|
|20 Aaron Wildig||Joe Ironside 24|
|9 Tom Bradshaw||Diago De Girolamo 36|
|Luke Summerfield for John Taylor (46)||Barry Robson for Jamie Murphy (75)|
|Tom Bradshaw for Ryan Doble (63)||Joe Ironside for Dave Kitson (90)|
|Cameron Gayle (60)||Michael Doyle (65)|
|Darren Jones (80)||Kevin McDonald (66)|
|Tony McMahon (69)|
|· Squads: Shrewsbury Town | Sheffield United|