October 29, 2012
Blades maintain momentum
Nick Blackman's penalty midway through the second half gave Sheffield United a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth to move level on points with npower League One leaders Tranmere.
The hosts nearly got off to a great start when Blackman threatened early on, firing in a shot which was saved by Mikkel Andersen.
Portsmouth then went close to scoring when a superb long-range effort from Akos Buzsaky struck the woodwork and Scott Allan also had a shot blocked.
United's Neill Collins headed over and Chris Porter put a header wide.
But it was the visitors who looked the more likely scorers in the first half with Allan shooting wide after a strong run into the area and Buzsaky's drive going just over.
United keeper George Long kept out an effort from Johnny Ertl soon after the re-start.
Harry Maguire put a shot off-target before Blackman scored from the spot in the 66th minute after Lubomir Michalik's reckless sliding tackle on Porter.
|Nick Blackman (pen 66')|
|25 George Long||1 Mikkel Andersen|
|6 Matthew Hill||3 Jon Harley|
|15 Neill Collins||16 Gabor Gyepes|
|29 Tony McMahon||15 Carl Dickinson|
|30 Marcus Williams||18 Johannes Ertl|
|5 Harry Maguire||20 Lubomir Michalik|
|8 Michael Doyle||2 Mustapha Dumbuya|
|11 Kevin McDonald||7 Lee Williamson|
|7 Ryan Flynn||17 Akos Buzsaky|
|9 Chris Porter||23 Scott Allan|
|10 Nick Blackman||9 Izale McLeod|
|34 George Willis||Simon Eastwood 13|
|2 Darryl Westlake||Adam Webster 22|
|16 David McAllister||Josh Thompson 5|
|17 Richard Cresswell||Liam Walker 6|
|12 Shaun Miller||Luke Rodgers 10|
|19 John Cofie||Ashley Harrison 21|
|24 Joe Ironside||Jack Compton 11|
|Shaun Miller for Nick Blackman (90)||Ashley Harrison for Jon Harley (74)|
|Richard Cresswell for Marcus Williams (90)||Luke Rodgers for Johannes Ertl (78)|
|Carl Dickinson (60)|
|· Squads: Sheffield United | Portsmouth|