Blades Match Report: Sheffield United 1 Reading 1

Goal: Blades star Daniel Bogdanovic scores from the penalty spot.
Goal: Blades star Daniel Bogdanovic scores from the penalty spot.

CHAMPIONSHIP strugglers Sheffield United scraped a 1-1 home draw with a late penalty against Reading, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker

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Daniel Bogdanovic’s 88th-minute spot kick rescued a scarcely-deserved point against mid-table Reading at Bramall Lane.

Shane Long looked like he had given the visitors all three points before substitute Bogdanovic was felled by Andy Griffin in the area and he got up to convert the spotkick.

The Royals dominated for large periods of the game and they will feel aggrieved to have given away a sloppy goal after working so hard to take the lead.

Ivar Ingimarsson and Jobi McAnuff (twice) both saw efforts well saved by Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen before Long put them in front nine minutes from time with a calm finish from McAnuff’s through ball.

However, Griffin made a reckless foul on Bogdanovic, who was going away from goal to gift the hosts an equaliser.

The result leaves them two points clear of npower Championship safety, whilst Brian McDermott’s men stay 12th.

Results, Tuesday, February 15, 2011:

npower Championship:

Sheffield United v Reading (HT:0-0) 1-1

Doncaster v Ipswich (HT:0-3) 0-6

npower League One:

Tranmere v Sheffield Wed (HT:0-0) 3-0

npower League Two:

Rotherham United v Accrington (HT:0-0) 2-0

Bury v Chesterfield (HT:0-1) 1-1