MATCH REPORT: Yeovil 0 Sheffield United 1 - Collins hero for Blades

Goal glee for Neil Collins
Goal glee for Neil Collins
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NEIL Collins was Sheffield United’s as they won at Huish Park.

Collins settled the issue, proving head boy with a header in the 54th minute.

Yeovil Town, the visitors’ latest opponents in League One competition this term, might not be the most fashionable name in the division.

But, as manager Danny Wilson reminded before boarding the coach to Somerset, they most definitely commanded his respect.

The opening period confirmed they were worthy foes but United, who saw David McAllister force Stech into a flying save on the stroke of half-time, were the better of the two teams.

Kitson’s reward for a commanding second-half cameo was a first start since agreeing a short-term contract with Wilson’s charges and theformer Reading and Portsmouth striker combined with Blackman as early as the third minute, forcing Hinds to concede a free-kick 30 yards from goal.

McMahon’s delivery was perfect but just as the ball appeared certain the nestle in the back of Stech’s net, the Czech shot out a hand and tipped it over the bar.

United continued to probe but chances had been at a premium until Upson wasted a wonderful 26th minute opportunity.

Before then, Hayter had wasted a promising opening with a woeful pass which sailed harmlessly behind Howard’s goal for a corne.

Half-time: Yeovil 0 United 0

Upson and Foley both tried their luck as Yeovil began to impose themselves with Maguire required to make a last-ditch challenge to prevent Smith from running clean through.

COLLINS, however, stopped them dead in their tracks with a fine, glancing header from Gallagher’s 54th minute corner. Cresswell had won the set-piece with a blocked shot.

Gallagher required treatment with a little over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after appearing to get his studs caught in the turf.

Then Cresswell tested Stech’s reactions with a low shot towards the near post in front of United’s travelling fans.

Williams entered the fray for United in the 79th minute at Gallagher’s expense.

The on-loan winger did not head straight down the tunnel but could be seen having something strapped to his ankle on the bench