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Sheffield United came away from Pride Park with all three points after Matthew Kilgallon's second half goal was enough to seperate the teams.

The Blades made one change with James Harper making his debut in the place of Ched Evans, who has spent the week away on International duty, and Darius Henderson played as the lone striker with Ward and Treacy switching wings midway.

The Blades deserved the victory, and were unlucky not to have won by a bigger margain. Jamie Ward's injury time chance, would have put a Blades shaped cherry on the cake.

Nigel Clough's side did have their chances, Gary Teale early on, as well as Pearson, who just put Green's cross over the bar.

Debutant Harper slotted straight into the midfield, alongside Montgomery and Quinn, but sat in a holding role, allowing Quinn the most freedom of the trio.

Henderson caused problems up front, but went into the book for dissent and had a number of opportunities that he failed to take. However, it was his link play with Treacy that caught most Blades fans eye, with the winger creating chances as well as taking them himself, but unfortunately without result.

Although, it was Treacy who would create the goal in the end. After Stephen Quinn was fouled, Treacy swung in a free kick and the ball ended up looping over Bywater and into the net courtesy of a melee of players. Kilgallon claimed the goal, but it appears it could have been Rob Hulse's first goal for United since his horrific leg break at Stamford Bridge.

The Derby County striker won't be too eager to claim it, so Kilgallon could be credited with his first goal of the season.

Ched Evans replaced Henderson with fifteen minutes to go, but was unable to add his name to the scoresheet. Jamie Ward could, and perhaps should have doubled the lead in stoppage time, rushing through behind the defence, but his effort didn't beat Bywater.

Star Player

Stephen Quinn claims the Vital man of the match today. A disappointing start to the season followed a torrid end, but since being left on the bench for Brian Howard a couple of weeks back, the young Irishman has regained his fight for the cause.

Kevin Blackwell

"I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance away from home. I don't care who scored, who it came off or where it went but it hit the back of the net. If it's 1-0, that will do for me.

"We work on set-pieces and it is nice to see what we do on the training ground pay dividends."

Dean Moxey

"I thought we played quite well today, but ultimately we didn't take our chances.

"The only real difference between the sides was when their chance came, they took it.

"That is the fine line the Championship, and that is why they are one of the favourites to get out of this division.

"Frustration is the word in the dressing room at the moment and it is a defeat quite hard to take because there were only ten minutes to go when they scored and it gave us little time to bounce back.

"Sheffield United are a bench-mark because they were in the playoffs last season and have the favourites tag on them this year, and I think we gave a good account of ourselves.

"We matched them quite well and I think that is a positive we can take away from today's game although so soon after the final whistle it is hard to look at the positives."

Date:Saturday September 12 2009
Time: 4:06PM

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Another solid performance. Harper slotted in well but he will be much more creative when allowed to push forward more at BDTBL. The back four were as strong as ever, Hulse just moved from Morgans pocket to Killas pocket! Bunn didnt have a shot to save until the 77th minute and handled everything well. Quinny had a great game and rattled Savage a few times, my MOTM. Hendo worked hard and laid off well but he really has to stop getting stupid bookings given the current lack of cover, and why cant Ward score one on one goals? he will never get a better chance than in the last minute today, that would have put a true reflection on the game. Great following by Blades fans, singing through out the game and really got behind the team. The team is stronger than last season, is even harder to beat but very thin in certain positions, lets hope blackie can get a couple in soon.
12/09/2009 23:36:00
No comments on the game from anyone? Was I the only one who went? .......Found a great Pub on London road with a Blade behind the bar, put perhaps he is just a shrewd businessman!
13/09/2009 23:22:00
Nobody really has anyone to complain about when we've won. We don't know how to act?
14/09/2009 00:35:00
sounds good lads..not at game as am working in usa at minute just hoping for a follow up win at cov and by the grace of god trans atlantic transport works well on thursday night! Its an impressive start, did those who were there feel that we should maybe have started with two up front? there can be no cpmplaints as we've won again but are we in danger of slipping into a team for home games, a team for away games?? as i cant see him spending 3m on evans and not playing him most of the time...or was he on bench after having a week with wales...just a thought but i cant imagine him lining up aainst wendy with onlyhendo up front which for me means either quinn or ward being dropped? thoughts or is this way off kilter as ive only been able to get to one game this season
14/09/2009 08:04:00
brilliant result but I am getting more and more nervous about the derby, I don't think I can take another bad performance against the pigs! If we play at anywhere near 100% we will stuff them, but in recent years we seem to drop off massively for the biggest games! Still no point getting too worried, squad looks stunning, if thin, this year.
14/09/2009 09:53:00
I didn't go this weekend, bit short of cash. Could only afford 1 out of the 2 away games so Coventry it is. Listened on the radio, it sounded like we were it control throughout. Very tough to beat (harder it seems than last year) and 1 away defeat since Oct 2008 is ridiculously impressive. Makes me wonder how people still find the material to moan about. It seems that the boo boys are targeting Hendo now. But hey, after 3 wins and 3 draws what is there to be optimistic about? Hendo for the record has also had 2 legit goals ruled out already this season so its not like he isnt contributing. rant over. Gleadless, apparently Ched had requested to be rested but im not bothered either way. 3m or not, i would rather not disrupt a winning team and would fully expect 4-5-1 at Cov with Hendo leading the line again. I would be disappointed if it wasn't 4-4-2 at home on Fri but im not going to grumble with Blacky, he seems (again) to be doing a good job and getting things right. One nice thing that is going for us at the minute is the subs, he is making the right calls at the right time which is also encouraging. I would rather have two teams (one for home and one for away) and keep this record going. keep it up lads.
14/09/2009 13:00:00
yeah it is really impressive start, im quite happy with it was just musing from afar
14/09/2009 13:04:00
Hi Gleadless - stateside - Dont knock the two systems, believe me it is working even better this season. Back four look as solid as ever, Monty is outstanding and now that Harper is alongside him with Quinny released from the shackles of staying in the middle and allowed to roam, midfield looked stronger and certainly more creative. Out wide we have pace both sides with good cover. I CANNOT BELIEVE Hendo getting stick from our fans. People need to watch what he does, what he creates, I dont think he missed a header in the entire first half on Saturday. Anyway, Gleadless, I seem to remember you telling me to leave the postings alone while I was obviously dont follow your own advice ! :) lol Hope the red-eye flight isnt late on Friday!
14/09/2009 19:39:00
ha ha very true glou - but you were on holiday mate im working! and theres not much to do in seattle! sounds promising, lets get a win down at cov and smash wendy on friday!
15/09/2009 07:41:00
"Nobody really has anyone to complain about when we've won" Ok I'll try and prove you wrong Sheps - Henderson was shocking. The bloke behind me called him a walking wardrobe throughout the match and I can't disagree. He has zero ball control, constantly gives fouls away and that shot in the 2nd half just summed him up. It was great to see Evans come on and actually hold the ball up and find a red and white shirt. Other than Henderson I thought everyone else did well. Be interesting to see who he starts up front tonight now?
15/09/2009 14:14:00
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