Yeates' Best Bar None
Sheffield United crashed to yet another defeat tonight, as they went down 2-1 to Preston North End.
Goals from Matthew James and Jon Parking were enough for North End, who managed to hold on despite Mark Yeates claiming his first Blades goal.
New signing Kyle Bartley started the game at centre-half alongside Nyron Nosworthy with Derek Geary recalled at full-back opposite Toni Kallio. Meanwhile, Darius Henderson had to settle for a place on the bench.
The game was just ten minutes old when debutant James struck the opening goal. Whilst Bartley was receiving treatment at the side of the pitch, Montgomery's pass was inadvertently redirected by the referee to Parkin, who got the better of Geary before finding James in the middle via Danny Welbeck, to put North End into the lead.
Evans and Cresswell had chances to equalise but neither could capitalise, before Parkin wasted a chance in front of Bennett's goal.
Midway through the second half, Jamie Ward was introduced and sparked the game back into life, causing Preston all sorts of problems at the back.
The Blades were dealt a hammerblow on 71 minutes, just as it looked like they could salvage a point from the game. Nosworhty was adjudged to have fouled Welbeck, and despite Bennett stopping Parkin's spot-kick, the gargantuan forward finished off the rebound.
Yeates was off target at the far post, before collecting Henderson's knock down and smashing the ball past Lonnergan.
It was too little too late for the Blades however, and their final meaningful attack saw Yeates have another effort blocked, this time by James.