February 12, 2013
Blades cut gap to top two
Sheffield United closed the gap on the automatic promotion places in League One to three points with a 2-0 win at Bury.
Jonathan Forte's first goal since returning to the club on loan from Southampton and a Jamie Murphy strike sealed the points at Gigg Lane.
It was a particularly disappointing night for Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, who was facing his former club for the first time since being sacked as manager in 2010.
But revenge never looked on the cards as United enjoyed the better chances, Forte denied early on by Trevor Carson.
The Bury `keeper also scrambled to keep out a Harry Maguire header while George Long tipped away a Nick Ajose effort at the other end.
The visitors eventually went in front seven minutes before the break when Forte cut in from the flank to fire into the bottom corner.
Ashley Eastham spurned a great chance to equalise soon after the break, blasting over from Steven Schumacher's free-kick.
And Bury paid the price, allowing Murphy to seal the win with a powerful finish after some catastrophic defending from a corner.
|1 Trevor Carson||25 George Long|
|19 Carl Regan||15 Neill Collins|
|3 Joe Skarz||4 Danny Higginbotham|
|24 Stephane Zubar||29 Tony McMahon|
|6 Ashley Eastham||5 Harry Maguire|
|34 Ethan Ebanks-Landell||8 Michael Doyle|
|8 Steven Schumacher||11 Kevin McDonald|
|35 Tom Soares||7 Ryan Flynn|
|32 Zac Thompson||14 Dave Kitson|
|10 Andy Bishop||16 Jonathan Forte|
|15 Nicholas Ajose||23 Jamie Murphy|
|30 Cameron Belford||Danny Coyne 35|
|37 Sebastien Carole||Matthew Hill 6|
|9 Craig Jones||Darryl Westlake 2|
|13 Mark Carrington||Barry Robson 19|
|7 David Worrall||Callum McFadzean 26|
|25 David Healy||Joe Ironside 24|
|Diago De Girolamo 36|
|David Worrall for Steven Schumacher (62)||Barry Robson for Jonathan Forte (74)|
|David Healy for Andy Bishop (82)||Joe Ironside for Dave Kitson (89)|
|Carl Regan (89)|
|· Squads: Bury | Sheffield United|