Blades do it the Welsh way

Last updated : 29 August 2009 By BladesMadeditor @ Bramall Lane

Welshmen Ched Evans and David Cotterill cancelled out Roman Bednar's brace in the second-half. A goalless first-period appeased both fans but Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane was electric when Ched Evans scrambled home to match Bednar's sloppy opener immediately after the restart. The Czechoslovakian added another goal to his tally on the hour mark, but after Cummings felled Henderson in the area, David Cotterill converted from 12 yards to score his second goal in two games.

Kevin Blackwell was able to put out an unchanged starting 11 from the side that routed Reading last week. Keith Treacy recovered from an injury he received at the Madejski.

A minute's applause for former chairman John Hassell occurred, and then the game got off to fizzy start immediately. Henderson drilled the ball into a dangerous area, but Carson collected.

The former England goalie, Carson, scooped an Henderson flick-on, and then Moore got into a tangle at the other end of the field and wasted a promising opportunity.

Kilgallon's fire at goal was blocked after a mix-up in the Albion rearguard. Keith Treacy, who recently confessed to enjoying playing his football at Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane, saw his dink in caught by the goalkeeper, and then the Irishman hammered over a free-kick.

Thomas' effort took a couple of deflections which changed the direction of the ball slightly, but Bunn saved down low to his left. Koren also struck a free-kick wide of the post.

Both sides were mounting the pressure on both goals respectively, but both defences held out. A relatively anonymous Ched Evans sparked into life with three minutes of the first-half remaining. He swivelled and drilled a shot a yard past Carson's far-post.

After the interval passed, Stephen Quinn's drill was terrifically parried by Carson. A few minutes later, an unmarked Roman Bednar easily headed home Albion's first after poor defending.

Talk about resilience, United produced a top-class fight back. Either Darius Henderson or Ched Evans prodded home a Blades equaliser after Jamie Ward played the ball into the box. The goal was awarded to Evans who has now scored two goals in a red and white shirt.

Bednar blasted in a WBA second when he muscled off Matt Kilgallon and fired the ball beyond Bunn's reach.

The United faithful thought their beloved side notched in another equaliser when Ward slid home, but the linesman raised his flag for offside. Treacy continued the United attacks with a thunderbolt at goal, Carson prevented.

Cotterill replaced fans' favourite Treacy, and then Olsson blazed over a gilt-edged chance. Kyel Reid then joined the fray. Darius Henderson, who was constantly getting fouls harshly against him, was hurled to the ground by Shaun Cummings when the ball was floated into the area. David Cotterill who was introduced as a substitute moments earlier, dispatched the penalty with Carson's hand not enough to prevent the ball from rattling the back of the net.

Both fans were rallied on when five minutes of added time was indicated. No real chances arose for Blackwell's men, but Swede, Olsson, did head over. United add another point to their impressive start to the campaign, and if you didn't already know, it's the Blades' best start in years! The next home game is the small matter of a Steel City Derby contest, but before, trips to Pride Park and the Ricoh Arena await Blackie's men. The final score from Bramall Lane is, Sheffield United 2:2 West Bromwich Albion.

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