Sheffield United v Bury
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93 – The Sheffield United fans are on their feet as the Bury net bulges but Blackman’s effort is actually tipped round the post and into the side netting as Carson makes a fifth save from the striker to help Bury see out the game for a point.
F/T: Sheffield United 1 Bury 1
89 – Craig Jones puts a pin-point cross onto the head of Cullen, but the little man can not rise high enough with the goal gaping and puts his effort over.
90 - SUB - Cullen is taken off to hide his blushes and replaced by Shane Byrne.
End to end stuff now as Bury hang on manfully.
87 - A deep Sweeney free-kick caused havoc in the United box as they clear for a corner, which Hughes hooks wide
81 – Sub Kitson on for Westlake
82 – Blackmam has another shot blocked after playing a great one-two on the edge of the Bury box, then Creswell, inexplicably loops his header over as Carson lay stranded on the floor.
83 – Cullen then has a great shout for a penalty as he worked the ball into the Blades’ box and looked to have been felled, but the referee said the Sheffield defender won the ball fairly.
78 – Carson puts in another great block after the ball is worked to Blackman who shot low across goal.
73 – Sodje dragged off before he gets himself sent off. Shirtliff sensibly replaces the veteran with Mark Hughes.
The Blades are cranking up the pressure as Bury sink further and further back and concede possession in their own half.
66 – Sub John-Lewis for Hopper.
68 – Sodje escapes a red card after what looked like an elbow.
64 – McDonald is booked for a foul on Sweeney then Sodje is booked for complaining.
62 – Carson has to be on his toes to tip a vicious Blackman shot behind after Bury were caught on the break. The Northern Ireland international then leaps highest to punch the resulting corner away from danger after a pinball in the box.
60 – Mark Cullen tees himself up for a volley that screams just wide from 30 yards. Easily Bury’s best effort from open play.
55 – McAllister has United’s first shot on goal of the second half, but his looping effort goes well over.
56 – McDonald booked for foul on Marshall.
57 – Blackman shot on the break is well blocked by Carson, who was quick off his line to turn his effort behind for a corner.
51 – Sub – Cresswell on for Cofie
Both sides are unchanged.
Sheffield United kick off the second half...
A moment of class from Peter Sweeney was enough to see Bury go into the break level at Bramall Lane.
Ex-Bury youth player Nick Blackman opened the scoring for Sheffield United in the ninth minute – the former Phillips High School pupil hooking Paul Gallagher’s chipped pass past Trevor Carson.
After a sedate opening, the game then burst into life, with Bury equalising from a sublime curling Sweeney free-kick just three minutes later.
Despite a few minor scares, Bury more than held their own, with loan pairing Tom Hopper and Mark Cullen showing plenty of youthful enthusiasm to link up well up front.
A Craig Jones header two minutes before half-time that United keeper Mark Howard somehow lost in mid-flight but managed to scramble behind for a corner was the closest either side came to scoring a second.
H/T: Sheffield United 1 Bury 1
43 – Howard seems to lose Craig Jones’ header in midflight and was forced to push it out for a corner. Mark Cullen, who went up for the same header, picked up a blow to his head for his trouble, but should be ok.
28 – New boy Hopper robbed a Blades defender to break clear down the right but his poor centre to strike partner Mark Cullen was intercepted and the home side went straight upfield. Kevin McDonald’s header from the resulting corner was well saved by Carson
The natives are getting restless. A Blades fan just shouted: "We're playing Bury - not Brazil!"
Shirtliff will take this at the minute - tight with no real chances at either end.
12 – GOAL: Sheffield United 1 BURY 1 – Peter Sweeney curls in a great free-kick into the top corner. Howard gets a hand to it, but can’t stop the precise set-piece from 25 yards.
GOAL: SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 Bury 0 - Nick Blackman controls a ball from loan-signing Paul Gallagher on his chest before hooking his shot past Trevor Carson
7 – C Jones scuffs Bury’s first effort on goal, latching on to a through ball from Peter Sweeney in a central position before unleashing a tame shot from 20 yards that rolls into Mark Howard’s hands.
Bury kick off. Good luck lads...
Craig Jones lining up on the right of midfield, with Marcus Marshall on the left.
Pre-match handshake at Bramall Lane goes off without any handbags...it's more civilised down here in League One.
Bury make five changes to the team that went down so tamely at home to Preston last Saturday.
Andrai Jones comes in for the injured Phil Picken at right back while Mark Hughes is dropped in favour of Efe Sodje at centre back.
Peter Sweeney is drafted into centre midfield in place of Mark Carrington, allowing Shirtliff to start with two wingers - Craig Jones and Marcus Marshall, who makes a rare start in place of David Worrall after the Shakers' star midfielder aggravated an ankle injury in training yesterday.
Up front, 18-year-old loan signing Tom Hopper goes straight into the starting line-up after signing from Leicester City yesterday. He replaces the mis-firing Lenell John-Lewis, who drops to the bench.
Teams from Bramall Lane
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Howard; Westlake , Maguire, Hill, Collins; McDonald, McAllister, McMahon; Blackman, Cofie, Gallagher.
Subs: Miller, Kitson, Long, Williams, Harriott, Creswell, McFadzean.
BURY: Carson; A Jones, Lockwood, Sodje, Skarz; C Jones, Schumacher, Sweeney, Marshall; Hopper, Cullen.
Subs: Dibble, Byrne, Carrington, Elford-Alliyu, Hughes, John-Lewis, Tom Pratt.
Referee: S Hooper
Teams news for Bury and Sheffield United coming up shortly, but one man who won't be featuring for the Shakers is winger David Worrall, who aggravated a long-standing ankle injury in training yesterday.
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