CARLISLE 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 3

Congratulations for Nick Blackman after his goal
Congratulations for Nick Blackman after his goal
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SHEFFIELD United came away from Carlisle with a 3-1 win, with Nick Blackman to the fore.

McDonald saw a good attempt scrambled away by Collin before Blackman had another effort blocked.

With seconds, though, FLYNN gambled at the far post and touched home Blackman’s excellent centre which had fizzed across the box.

Carlisle appeared brittle but were far from a spent force.

But United possessed the greater quality as BLACKMAN proved in the 34th minute.

The finish, beneath Collins’ body from an acute angle, was a joy to behold.

So too was the exchange of passes with Flynn, after Westlake had instigated the move, which prised apart the hosts’ rearguard.

A warning for United came in the 69th when Thirlwell saw a shot palmed behind for a corner.It was not heeded.McGovern whipped in the resulting set-piece and LIVESEY headed home.

Wilson let Ironside off the leash in the 81st minute with Porter making way but the United manager must have been wondering how on earth his team were hanging on. Fortunately, COLLINS settled his nerves - and probably spared his team-mates a dressing down - after Doyle had challenged Collin under Blackman’s 85th minute corner.Doyle seemed to have diverted the ball across the line but the United defender made sure from close range.