danny Wilson’s Sheffield United marched on in emphatic style after this win over Bury.
The kick-off was delayed by about five minutes, apparently to cover an exposed sprinkler, but it certainly didn’t dampen United.
Wilson’s warnings about the way United are perceived by their divisional rivals has become a familiar refrain in recent weeks.
But they set about their task and Porter climbed highest but headed over.
With United gathering momentum, it was Porter again who showed good strength to barge his way through before mis-judging his final pass.
Coke, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, lost Porter and blasted over as the interval beckoned after Worrall had warmed Simonsen’s gloves from distance.
But, in the 43rd minute, PORTER poked United into a deserved lead when he nudged home from close-range.
Mendez-Laing’s attempt was parried by Belford and, following a scramble also involving Quinn, the former Derby County centre-forward scored against another of his old clubs
Belford endured a moment to forget when he was again at fault for United’s second goal barely two minutes after the re-start.
Having set in motion the chain of events which led to the opener by parrying MENDEZ-LAING’S effort back into the box, he compounded that error by punching the on-loan attacker’s powerful centre over his own line at the near post.
Nerves clearly frayed, the Bury goalkeeper then saw a clearance charged down by Cresswell but his blushes were spared when it bounced to safety.
The visitors looked stunned.
Then Quinn brought the Kop to its feet with an impudent piece of skill out by the corner flag but his cross was nodded clear.
LOWTON scored United’s third on 72 minutes after Porter’s shot was saved and the ball fell kindly at his feet. That was the cue for Flynn to replace Mendez-Laing.
Porter was withdrawn for Tonne. Williamson also enjoyed a brief cameo when the excellent Quinn was rewarded with a rest.
TONNE made it 4-0 with a fine finish from the midfielder’s corner.
United have been drawn away to Rotherham in the second round of the JPT Trophy.
For a full report of this game, and match pictures, see the Green’Un.