Blades slice Cherries to go top

  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 18:35 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in npower League One, including a win for Sheffield United over Bournemouth.

Jamie Murphy: Scored the winner for Sheffield United
Jamie Murphy: Scored the winner for Sheffield United

Sheffield United recorded a fourth successive win to leap to the top of npower League One on Saturday.

A single goal from Jamie Murphy proved enough for the Blades, fourth at the start of the day, to overcome promotion rivals Bournemouth 1-0 at Dean Court.

  • League One
Position Player Score
1 Sheff Utd 60
2 Swindon 59
3 Tranmere 59
4 Doncaster 59
5 Yeovil 58
6 Bournemth 58
7 Brentford 55
8 Coventry 50
9 Walsall 49
10 Notts Co 48
11 Crewe 47
12 Crawley 46

The result saw the Cherries slip from second to sixth but the battle remains tight with just two points separating them from the new leaders.

Swindon, who began the day top but still in turmoil following the departure of manager Paolo di Canio and a number of his backroom staff, slipped to second after being held 1-1 at Preston.

Adam Rooney claimed the equaliser for the Robins moments after coming off the bench, cancelling out Preston's first goal under new manager Simon Grayson, scored by Will Hayhurst.

Tranmere moved from sixth to third on the back of a 5-1 win at Colchester.

Max Power, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Ash Taylor, Cole Stockton and Michael O'Halloran - the latter from the penalty spot - were all on target in a convincing performance from the Wirral side. Colchester's solitary effort came from Magnus Okuonghae.

  • League One
Team Score Team
Carlisle 1 - 1 MK Dons
Brentford 0 - 0 Walsall
Colchester 1 - 5 Tranmere
Bournemth 0 - 1 Sheff Utd
Doncaster 1 - 1 Yeovil
Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Hartlepool
Leyton Or 0 - 1 Crawley
Coventry 1 - 2 Crewe
Shrewsbury 2 - 1 Stevenage
Oldham 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Swindon 1 - 1 Preston

Two other promotion contenders, Doncaster and Yeovil, played out a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Paddy Madden struck for the visitors early on but Billy Paynter hit back.

Portsmouth remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 1-0 defeat to FA Cup heroes Oldham at Boundary Park.

Former Everton player Jose Baxter scored for the Latics early on while Pompey's misery was compounded by the sending off of Sam Sodje.

James Poole and Jonathan Franks scored as fellow relegation battlers Hartlepool secured a vital 2-1 win at Scunthorpe. James Alabi scored in reply for the Iron.

Marvin Morgan grabbed the winner four minutes from time as Shrewsbury beat Stevenage 2-1 at New Meadow. The Shrews had trailed to a James Dunne goal but Paul Parry levelled.

Crewe, three days after putting Coventry out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, beat the Sky Blues again.

Mark Ellis and Max Clayton struck for Alex, who had fallen behind early to a Leon Clarke effort at the Ricoh Arena.

Brentford and Walsall fought out a goalless draw at Griffin Park while Crawley won 1-0 at Leyton Orient with an early Billy Clarke strike.

Substitute Mark Beck scored an 85th-minute equaliser as Carlisle snatched a 1-1 draw at home to MK Dons, who had led through Adam Chicksen.

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