Blades relegation fears: Crystal Palace 1 Sheffield United 0

Sheffield United  Utd's  Neil Collins battels for the ball with Crystal Palace's James Vaughan
Sheffield United Utd's Neil Collins battels for the ball with Crystal Palace's James Vaughan

A SECOND half stunner from Darren Ambrose left Sheffield United deep in relegation trouble at the foot of the Npower Championship, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

The midfielder lit up a dour encounter between two struggling sides with a sensational volley.

It eased Palace clear of the drop zone and left Micky Adams still looking for his first win as United manager after 10 matches in charge.

Palace have now not let in a goal at home in more than 12 hours and the Blades rarely looked like threatening that miserly record.

But in a game which both teams were desperate not to lose, it was going to take something special to break the deadlock and Ambrose was the man to provide it.

The midfielder has endured a stop-start season due to injury but crashed in his fifth goal of the campaign in style from 20 yards.

The opening stages suggested the visitors would make a decent fist of it, with Neill Collins heading a good chance wide and Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne blocking Richard Cresswell’s effort on the goal-line.

But that was about as good as it got for the Blades.

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FINAL SCORES: Saturday, Feb 19, 2011:

FA Cup:

Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday (HT: 2-0) FT: 3-0

Npower Championship:

Crystal Palace v Sheffield United (HT: 0-0) FT: 1-0

Portsmouth v Barnsley (HT: 0-0) FT: 1-0

Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 2-0) FT: 3-0

Npower League Two:

Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town: Postponed.

Lincoln City v Chesterfield (HT: 0-1) FT: 0-2

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