The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SH­EFFIELD United’s win was based on coun­ter­ing City’s strengths and hit­ting them hard and fast on the counter attack.

Cen­tre-backs Terry Kennedy and Jay McEve­ley dealt ef­fec­tively with the con­sid­er­able aerial threat of home striker Matt Smith.

And the vis­i­tors were quick to close down Jay Em­manuel-Thomas, whose silky run­ning skills have un­done many op­po­nents at Ash­ton Gate in re­cent weeks.

Nigel Clough’s men worked hard all over the pitch, but were un­able to make much im­pact as an at­tack­ing force in the open­ing 45 min­utes. That changed af­ter the break, with the ser­vice im­prov­ing to for­wards Matt Done and Jamie Mur­phy, who both cap­i­talised with goals.

In the end the Blades were wor­thy win­ners, but City had chances to take some­thing and are un­likely to be se­ri­ously hit by this set­back.

Steve Cot­ter­ill’s men ben­e­fit­ted from other re­sults at the top of the ta­ble and re­main the pro­mo­tion favourites.

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