Full time: Tranmere Rovers 0 Sheffield United 1

Sheffield United celebrate the Tranmere own goal.

Sheffield United celebrate the Tranmere own goal.

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SHEFFIELD United won a vital three points at promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers thanks to an own goal by Ash Taylor just before half time.

Blades boss Danny Wilson made one change to the team with Jonathan Forte replacing Jamie Murphy. For Tranmere, Sheffield Wednesday loanee Liam Palmer was in midfield and former Owls loan striker Mamide Sidibe was up front.

Both sides forced four corners in the opening half hour of a lively match. However United were the only side to have any attempts on target as Forte forced a stop from fon Williams and Barry Robson’s cross-shot forced the keeper into a save.

The breakthrough eventually came with a bit of luck attached on 42 minutes when Taylor turned in Tony McMahon’s effort.

Tranmere were improved after the break but United still posed a threat going forward.

Michael Doyle made fon Williams work and Robson also tested the keeper.

Robson was instrumental throughout and he took the sting out of the match in the late stages with a series of short corners to frustrate the home side even further.

United return to Bramall Lane on Monday when they entertain Carlisle United - 3pm kick-off.

Tranmere Rovers: fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Bakayogo, Gibson, McGinty, Palmer, Power, Bell-Baggie, Sidibe, Akpa Akpro. Subs: Mooney, Goodison, Kay, Harrison, McGurk, Stockton, O’Halloran.

Sheffield United: Long, Maguire, Hill, Collins, McMahon, Flynn, Doyle, McDonald, Robson, Kitson, Forte. Subs: Coyne, Westlake, Higginbotham, McFadzean, Porter, Poleon, Ironside.

Referee: Andy Haines

Read James Shield’s full match report in The Star on Saturday.

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