Bury 0-2 Sheffield United FT

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SHEFFIELD United heaped more misery on struggling Bury at Gigg Lane tonight.

They scored goals on 37 and 60 minutes to take all three points.

The Blades had been hoping they could build on the 2-1 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

United’s prior away form has been good; seven wins six draws two defeats.

While third from bottom Bury had a poor home stats: won two drawn seven and lost seven.

Blades’ front man Jamie Murphy threatened the home goal with a shot from just inside the area in the fourth minute, but it flashed over the crossbar.

Then there were chances at either end.

Nick Ajose tested George Long. Neill Collins forced Trevor Carson into action.

Finally United took the lead on 37 minutes.

Southampton loan star Jonathan Forte banged it home from just inside the area.

Ryan Flynn could have doubled the advantage but fired just wide before the interval.

It was a stop-start beginning to the second period with all manner of stoppages interrupting the flow of play.

But just before the hour mark, Glaswegian striker Jamie Murphy hit the net from inside the penalty box for 2-0.

It was party time for the 1,056 Blades fans sheltering from the cold evening air.

Forte could have had another before he was substituted in favour of Barry Robson on 73 minutes.

United contained Bury easily to add the points to their promotion campaign.

TEAMS

Bury: Carson, Skarz, Eastham, Regan, Zubar, Ebanks-Landell, Schumacher, Thompson, Soares, Bishop, Ajose.

Substitutes Belford, Worrall, Jones, Carrington, Carole, Healy.

Sheffield United: Long, Higginbotham, Maguire, Collins, McMahon, Flynn, Doyle, McDonald, Kitson, Forte, Murphy.

Substitutes Coyne, Westlake, Hill, Robson, McFadzean, Ironside, De Girolamo.

Ref: Salisbury.

Att: 3,064.

*Read James Shield’s analysis in Wednesday’s Star.