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Blades pay the penalty

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Sheffield United

Banks Stadium

01/01/14 3pm

Attendance: 5,015


Sheffield United saw their eight match unbeaten run come to an end in controversial circumstances at Walsall.

United saw a first half lead disappear as Walsall came from behind to win 2-1.

It looked good for United in the first half when Chris Porter put them ahead on 17 minutes, his fourth goal of the season.

The controversy came early in the second half when United defender Harry Maguire was adjudged to have pushed Andy Butler in the area and referee Lee Collins was quick to point for a penalty.

Craig Westcarr stepped up to beat George Long from the penalty spot to bring the sides level, sending the blades goalkeeper the wrong way.

Walsall scored the winner just past the hour when experienced defender James Chambers scored his first ever senior goal after 369 appearances in a career that started at West Brom fourteen-years ago.

It was a cruel defeat for United who looked well in control of the game before the controversial penalty decision changed the game in the favour of Walsall.


O'Donnell, Taylor, Butler, A. Chambers, Mantom, J. Chambers, Lalkovic (Hemmings 84), Downing, Hewitt (Gray 77), Baxendale (Westcarr 46), Sawyers

Subs not used
Purkiss, Featherstone, Benning, Lewis

Sheffield United
Long, McMahon, Collins, Maguire, Hill, Flynn (Brandy 85), Doyle, McGinn (Murphy 68), Porter, Baxter (Miller 68), Coady

Subs not used
Howard, Lappin, Kennedy, Cuvelier

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Date:Wednesday January 1 2014
Time: 8:10PM

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