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Preview: Sheffield United (A)

7 March 2015

Sheffield United 1-2 Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town recorded a memorable win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this afternoon thanks to goals from Josh Morris and Nick Haughton.

Morris gave Town the lead after 25 minutes as he fired a low strike past Iain Turner from the edge of the box after some good initial play from Jamie Proctor.

The Cod Army were celebrating once more 10 minutes later when Haughton’s long range strike found the bottom corner for what was his first football league goal.

Matt Done pulled one back for the Blades shortly after however, as he headed a flick-on in the box beyond Chris Maxwell at the back post.

Graham Alexander made one change to the side that drew at home to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night, with Steven Schumacher replacing David Ball.

The home side had the game’s first real opening when Jamie Murphy’s left hand cross was headed over by Steven Davies.

Davies was then presented with another opportunity when he capitalised on a poor defensive clearance, but shot well over from a good position.

Town were dealt an early blow in the 11th minute when Stephen Jordan was forced off with injury, which meant Nathan Pond came on to partner captain Mark Roberts.

Jose Baxter later drove at the visiting defence and unleashed a 25 yard drive which flew over Maxwell’s bar.

Fleetwood took the lead midway through the first half as Morris struck a sweet strike from the edge of the box which flew past Turner.

Haughton doubled the advantage for the Cod Army 10 minutes before the break, as he beat Turner at his near post with a long range strike from the left hand side.

The Blades halved the deficit soon after when Done got on the end of a flick-on to head home at the back post.

United began the second half strongly and asked questions of the Town backline, with Murphy and Baxter proving threats.

Haughton, however, was just as impressive for Town, and on more than one occasion bamboozled his way through the Blades’ defence.

Fleetwood’s opportunities were restricted in the second period, with Haughton’s tame long range effort the only chance of note.

The home side continued to create chances, and went close through Done and Michael Doyle, both of whom were denied from close range by Maxwell.

Alexander’s men were heroic though, and marshalled by centre halves Roberts and Pond, were equal to everything thrown at them.



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