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                                                    Sheff Utd
                                                    Richard Cresswell (63 mins)
                                                    Matthew Lowton (85 mins)
                                                    Joel Byrom (31 mins)
                                                    Scott Laird (47 mins)

                                                    npower League 1 , Apr 28, 2012
                                                    Ground: Bramall Lane , Kickoff: 17:20 , Att 30,043

                                                    Team news

                                                    Crunch time for Cresswell Sheffield United will give striker Richard Cresswell until the 11th hour before deciding on his fitness for the home clash with Stevenage.

                                                    Cresswell missed last week's defeat at MK Dons with a shoulder injury and remains "nip and tuck" for the Blades' final home game of the season.

                                                    Manager Danny Wilson will also be without Ched Evans, jailed for five years last week after being found guilty of rape, while fellow forward Will Hoskins is ruled out with a hernia problem, but the Blades boss has other options.

                                                    If Cresswell proves his fitness it is likely he will start alongside Chris Porter, but James Beattie and Michael O'Halloran, on loan from Bolton, and Danny Philliskirk provide other alternatives.

                                                    Defender Marcus Williams is expected back in contention following concussion and midfielder Ryan Flynn is also pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

                                                    The Blades, in second place, are one point ahead of Sheffield Wednesday with two games remaining in the race for automatic promotion.

                                                    Stevenage boss Gary Smith could name an unchanged side for the fourth straight game.

                                                    Three successive wins, including vital back-to-back victories over fellow play-off contenders Carlisle and Brentford, have moved Boro back into the top six as Smith stuck with the same XI that thrashed Yeovil 6-0 away a fortnight ago.

                                                    Smith made a half-time change against Brentford last weekend though and Joel Byrom, who came on for Stacy Long, may have done enough to force his way back into the starting line up.

                                                    Midfielders Jennison Myrie-Williams and John Mousinho and strikers Chris Beardsley and Jordan Slew will also be hoping for recalls.

                                                    Ahead of the evening kick-off on Saturday, Smith told the media: "It has been a difficult time for them recently - losing Ched Evans and the defeat last week [away at MK Dons].

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                                                    Last modified 19:32 28/04/12

                                                    Lowton keeps Blades bid alive Sheffield United came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Stevenage but it was not enough to see them reclaim second spot from arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

                                                    The Owls had climbed above the Blades in the npower League One table earlier in the day thanks to a 2-1 victory at Brentford.

                                                    Goals from Joel Byrom and Scott Laird put the visitors in command before Richard Cresswell and Matt Lowton scored to set up a tense finish.

                                                    The hosts threatened inside the first minute when Michael O'Halloran and Chris Porter both failed to make the most of a searching cross from Stephen Quinn.

                                                    Stevenage pressed with Luke Freeman putting a long-range effort just over and Robin Shroot firing narrowly wide after a good run.

                                                    Another Freeman shot was deflected wide before Byrom opened the scoring in the 31st minute, guiding the ball past Steve Simonsen after meeting Patrick Agyemang's low cross.

                                                    Laird put Stevenage further ahead, two minutes after the restart, drilling a low shot past Simonsen from about 20 yards out.

                                                    Substitute Cresswell's 63rd-minute header gave United hope and Matt Lowton equalised in the 85th minute after Harry Maguire's ball into the area was headed down into his path.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    Sheff UtdRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Steve Simonsen
                                                    2 Matthew Lowton Goal
                                                    15 Neill Collins
                                                    19 Harry Maguire
                                                    16 Andy Taylor(sub 73)
                                                    14 Lee Williamson
                                                    8 Michael Doyle
                                                    27 Kevin McDonald
                                                    28 Stephen Quinn(sub 54)
                                                    21 Chris Porter(sub 54)
                                                    29 Michael O'Halloran
                                                    13 Mark Howard
                                                    6 Johnny Ertl
                                                    10 James Beattie(sub 73)
                                                    11 Ryan Flynn(sub 54)
                                                    17 Richard Cresswell(sub 54) Goal
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    16 Chris Day
                                                    30 Jamaal Lascelles
                                                    5 Jon Ashton
                                                    14 Mark Roberts
                                                    3 Scott Laird Goal
                                                    15 Luke Freeman(sub 83)
                                                    24 Michael Bostwick
                                                    13 Joel Byrom Goal
                                                    32 Robin Shroot(sub 72)
                                                    2 Lawrie Wilson
                                                    29 Patrick Agyemang(sub 77)
                                                    1 Alan Julian
                                                    8 Stacy Long(sub 83)
                                                    10 Craig Reid
                                                    20 Chris Beardsley(sub 77)
                                                    21 John Mousinho(sub 72)

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