Blades beaten: Sheffield United 1 Norwich City 2

SHEFFIELD United are just a point above the drop zone and are still after their first win under Micky Adams after conceding a late goal to lose 2-1 at home to Norwich City.

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Andrew Crofts scored two second-half goals as Norwich enhanced their promotion credentials with a hard-fought victory over luckless Sheffield United.

The Canaries were second-best for much of the first half at Bramall Lane - in this game watched by 20,725 fans - against a struggling United side still searching for their first win with Adams in charge.

The Blades once again lacked a cutting edge in attack, however, and were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal after the break as Crofts fired home either side of Ched Evans' 69th-minute strike.

Crofts opened the scoring in the 61st minute after Steve Simonsen had flapped at a David Fox corner, although the hosts felt that Kyle Bartley had been fouled by Simeon Jackson in the attack that led to the set-piece.

United quickly got back on level terms as Evans turned his marker and squeezed a right-footed shot into the bottom-left corner.

But Crofts struck again with 10 minutes remaining to seal victory for Norwich, the midfielder again finding the net from inside the area after the home side had failed to clear their lines.

The win moves Paul Lambert's side up to third in the npower Championship, while United remain just outside the relegation zone.

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Final Scores: Saturday, January 22, 2011:

Npower Championship:

Sheffield United 1 Norwich City 2 (HT: 0-0)

Barnsley 1 Swansea City 1 (HT: 1-0)

Ipswich Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 2 (HT: 0-1)

Npower League One:

Leyton Orient 4 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (HT:0-0)

Npower League Two:

Shrewsbury Town 0 Chesterfield 0 (HT: 0-0)

Wycome Wanderers 1 Rotherham United 0 (HT: 1-0)

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