Blades win: Preston 0 Sheffield United 1

Goal hero: Dave Kitson after scoring the winner
Goal hero: Dave Kitson after scoring the winner
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SHEFFIELD United are the only unbeaten side in League One after Dave Kitson’s cool finish gave them the points at Preston.

The biggest test of Sheffield United’s season so far?

Certainly, as even the briefest of glimpses through football’s history books would confirm, the biggest name they had encountered this term.

Welsh had enjoyed the match’s first sight of goal after three minutes but fired high and wide from long-range.

Four minutes later, Maguire could, probably should, have scored after connecting with Flynn’s free-kick but failed to divert the ball on target.

In the 38th minute, Blackman beat the offside trap and sent McAllister scampering through.

He reached the by-line but, as Kitson waited for the pass to arrive, failed to find the striker.

McMahon, three minutes before the interval though, had no such problems.

A long ball over the top was perfectly angled and allowed former Reading and Stoke City marksman KITSON to run beyond two Preston defenders and chip delightfully home past Stuckmann.

A truly classy finish.

Half-time: Preston 0 United 1

It also proved to be Kitson’s final contribution of the contest with Porter replacing him at the start of the second-half.

Amoo, who replaced Beardsley two minutes later, nearly made an instant impact.

Showing good strength to hold off his marker, the Preston sub dinked a short pass into Long’s penalty area but, again, the immaculate Hill intervened

Deep into stoppage time, Long produced a simply superb reaction save to claw away Huntington’s effort.

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