Sheffield United 1 Walsall 0

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A PENALTY handed Sheffield United a narrow home win tonight.

They beat Walsall 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Dave Kitson had started up front for Sheffield United despite recent illness.

He was in a move that led to the opening goal.

Nick Blackman stuck a penalty away after a foul on Kitson which led to Dean Holden being red carded.

The Midlands side may have been down to 10-men, but they persevered,

George Long had to save a shot from Will Grigg and, genrally, looked commanding.

But generally, United had more possession and deserved the win.

SHEFFIELD UNITED: Long, Maguire, Hill, Flynn, Doyle, Blackman, McDonald, Kitson, McAllister, McMahon, Williams. Not used: Westlake, Porter, Miller, Collins, Cresswell, Cofie, Willis.

WALSALL: Darlow, Taundry, Butler, Holden, Featherstone, Chambers, Cuvelier, Grigg, Paterson, Baxendale, Taylor. Not used: Grof, Hemmings, Brandy, Purkiss, Jones, Bowerman, Downing.

REFEREE: G Altringham (County Durham)

Att: 15,744

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