SHEFFIELD United ended a seven hour goal drought for themselves at Bramall Lane with victory in Chris Morgan’s debut game as manager.
Chris Porter made the breakthrough and victory was sealed with a Dave Kitson goal in the second half.
The win signalled the start of a brand new era as Sheffield United’s board of directors admitted earlier this week would hopefully produce some brand new results.
Certainly at Bramall Lane where United entered this afternoon’s pivotal League One fixture searching for their first win and first goal on home soil since February.
United, who remained fifth following Tuesday’s defeat by Crawley Town, were under pressure to produce.
But they looked comfortable shouldering the burden.
Murphy’s produced a tracer bullet of a shot in the 15th minute while Porter, dovetailing well with Kitson, continued to pose a threat.
Then, in the 38th minute, came the goal not even Swindon could deny United deserved.
McMahon swept in a superb free-kick and PORTER, showing excellent desire, out-muscled his marker to head home and end the hosts’ near seven hour wait for a breakthrough at this stadium.
So what, on the evidence of the opening period at least, promises to be United’s philosophy under Morgan?
Certainly, they are much more direct and eager to get the ball forward to their attackers.
But that should not be mistaken for a kick-and-rush approach.
Ironside came on for Porter in the 83rd minute.
Sixty second earlier, KITSON had made the points safe with an 83rd minute header following another fine delivery from McMahon.