Sheffield United 2 Preston 1: Blades sail to Lane victory

Marc McNulty celebrates.

Marc McNulty celebrates.

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Sheffield United followed up their FA Cup exploits with a deserved victory over promotion rivals Preston North End at Bramall Lane.

There was little to separate the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, with a swirling wind not helping matters.

But as soon as Marc McNulty fired the hosts in front, there was no doubt of a home win.

Stefan Scougall and Michael Doyle both had great chances to double the advantage, but fired wide.

And it was left to impressive winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce to drill home the second goal when he hammered the ball through the keeper’s legs.

Preston nabbed a late consolation via substitute Josh Brownhill in stoppage time, but it too little, too late.

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