SHEFFIELD United recovered from going a goal down to hit back and defeat Bristol Rovers, inspired by Chris Porter who made one goal and scored the other.
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Rovers’ home, which they share with the city’s rugby union club, is not the most salubrious ground on the lower league circuit.
Nevertheless, they boast plenty of quality on the pitch and, four minutes after Flynn’s fine piece of skill, the United winger was responsible for the mistake which allowed CLARKSON to score.
Riorden robbed him of the ball deep inside United territory and found his team mate who, after ghosting across the box, wrong-footed the helpless Long.
Danny Wilson’s mood seemed colder than the weather as he trooped back towards the dressing room at the end of the first half. United had been woeful before the break as Rovers, despite being far from magnificent themselves, appeared hungrier, sharper and willing to contest every single ball.
Within moments of the re-start it became apparent that harsh words had been exchanged as both Flynn and Porter went close before McDonald forced Walker to gather a low drive in front of the 699 travelling fans.
BLACKMAN has been in fine form for United this season and, in the 53rd minute, he scored an absolute peach of a goal to drag Wilson’s men back level.
Porter’s delightful pass split the Rovers defence and, from an acute angle, the former Blackburn marksman buried the ball into the roof of the net.
Lund fouled Miller soon after as United, finally, started to play with pace and a sense of purpose.
Blackman came alive after netting his ninth goal of the campaign but, in the 62nd minute, it was PORTER who was responsible for edging United in front after Collins had nodded down McDonald’s corner.