Sheffield United 1
Away Blades 1,817
Campbell-Ryce continued to impress after the break and the first two chances fell to Davies and Baxter but the first one was punched away and the second was over the crossbar. On 56 minutes, however, Howard was at full stretch to make an impressive save from Humphrey, who was aiming to curl into the top corner. From the resulting corner, King's back post header was saved on the line by the Blades goalkeeper, although the home players were adamant the ball had crossed the line before Howard's block. The entertainment value continued and on the hour it was the turn of Jones to make a fingertip save - from Davies, who swung the ball in from a similar position from which Little scored in the first half. Garner headed onto the roof of the net and United made a number of blocks from one Preston attack, whilst Wiseman cleared off the line from Higdon's header on 63 minutes. Howard dropped on a corner as Preston looked to make their aerial advantage count and the home side went closer still on 72 minutes, Garner's cross found Hugill and his volley was goalbound before striking the leg of Howard. Campbell-Ryce was United's first booking, for a foul on Woods on 74 minutes, and soon after followed Clough's first change, McNulty taking over Higdon. The next change, with ten minutes to play, was Wallace taking over from Baxter. Collins headed wide a Davies free-kick and with two minutes left Howard dropped to his left to push away a 25-yard effort from Gallagher. The action relented somewhat in the final ten minutes after an exhilarating opening 80, although Gallagher turned over a Browne cross as three minutes of added time was announced.