Ched Evans's brace helped Sheffield United come from behind to beat Preston and close the gap at the top of League One to six points.

The striker saw his weak penalty saved by Thorsten Stuckmann after he had been fouled by Aaron Brown.

Graham Cummins headed home Nicky Hunt's cross to give North End the lead, but Evans pounced to score the equaliser from close range.

Evans capitalised on poor defending to steer home a powerful winner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a very tough game for us, very physical game.

"The lovely thing from my point of view is that we kept our composure. We didn't get carried away and didn't get caught up in niggly little things that loose your focus.

"I thought they were fantastic in that respect overall from my point of view.

"It was a fantastic three points. We knew it was going to be a bit of a tricky game tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 03 Lescinel
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Flynn (Williamson - 69' )
  • 27 McDonald (Montgomery - 24' )
  • 28 Quinn
  • 09 Evans
  • 17 Cresswell (Beattie - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Long
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 14 Williamson
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 10 Beattie

Preston

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 05 Robertson
  • 42 Hunt
  • 10 Nicholson (McLaughlin - 61' )
  • 13 Marrow Booked
  • 15 Barton (Murphy - 87' )
  • 17 Parry
  • 38 Procter
  • 50 Brown Booked
  • 37 Holroyd
  • 39 Cummins Booked (Douglas - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 03 McLaughlin
  • 12 McLean
  • 27 Douglas
  • 34 Murphy
Ref: Brown
Att: 17,579

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

8 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Chris Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

90:00 +0:42

Ched Evans fouled by Paul Parry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

90:00 +0:04

Lee Williamson crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Brown.

86:13 Substitution

Substitution Adam Barton goes off and Rhys Murphy comes on.

82:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Sheff Utd 2 - 1 Preston Ched Evans gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Preston.

82:02

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson,

80:17

The ball is swung over by Lee Williamson, Ched Evans takes a shot. Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance. Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Jamie Douglas coming on for Graham Cummins.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution James Beattie on for Richard Cresswell.

80:17

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Chris Holroyd results in a free kick.

79:52

Harry Maguire delivers the ball, Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance.

79:28

Ched Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Barton.

79:18

Centre by Lecsinel Jean-Francois, Chris Holroyd manages to make a clearance.

77:10

The ball is sent over by Nick Montgomery, clearance made by Aaron Brown.

76:47

Aaron Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

75:09

Unfair challenge on Graham Cummins by Neill Collins results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Parry.

74:22

Chris Holroyd is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

73:31

Alex Marrow fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Brown restarts play with the free kick.

70:59

Ched Evans challenges Chris Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

68:16 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Flynn leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Williamson.

68:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Hunt by Ched Evans. Aaron Brown restarts play with the free kick.

67:30

Adam Barton takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.

66:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Stephen Quinn. Nicky Hunt takes the direct free kick.

65:53

Effort from outside the penalty area by Adam Barton goes wide left of the goal.

64:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lowton on Chris Holroyd. Free kick taken by Paul Parry.

62:52

Matthew Lowton crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Brown.

62:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Brown on Ched Evans. Nick Montgomery takes the direct free kick.

61:12

Michael Doyle has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

60:17 Substitution

Substitution Conor McLaughlin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Barry Nicholson.

60:17

Corner taken short by Stephen Quinn.

60:09

Ched Evans crosses the ball, Aaron Brown gets a block in.

59:55

Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Robertson.

59:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lecsinel Jean-Francois on Chris Holroyd. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

57:44

Centre by Stephen Quinn, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

55:48

Barry Nicholson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Quinn. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

55:29

Nicky Hunt produces a cross, clearance made by Neill Collins.

54:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Ched Evans. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

53:17

Matthew Lowton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Barton. Paul Parry takes the indirect free kick.

51:34

Effort on goal by Ched Evans from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

50:27

A cross is delivered by Ryan Flynn, clearance made by Aaron Brown.

49:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Doyle on Chris Holroyd. Aaron Brown takes the indirect free kick.

46:07

Ched Evans delivers the ball, Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:42 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:59

The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton, Close range headed effort by Ryan Flynn clears the crossbar.

45:00 +1:49

The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:22

Corner taken by Ryan Flynn from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alex Marrow.

45:00 +0:32

Richard Cresswell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Andrew Procter. Neill Collins takes the free kick.

44:33

Stephen Quinn produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

43:49 Booking

Booking Graham Cummins is cautioned.

42:58

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Holroyd, Foul by Graham Cummins on Steve Simonsen, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

42:53

Chris Holroyd sends in a cross, Michael Doyle gets a block in.

41:47

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Flynn.

41:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Preston Ched Evans gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-1 Preston.

39:41

Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

39:03

Nick Montgomery sends in a cross, Close range strike by Ryan Flynn goes over the bar.

37:27

Assist by Nicky Hunt.

37:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Graham Cummins - Sheff Utd 0 - 1 Preston Graham Cummins finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Sheff Utd 0-1 Preston.

37:18

The ball is sent over by Paul Parry, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

35:50

Nicky Hunt challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

33:48

The ball is swung over by Matthew Lowton, save made by Thorsten Stuckmann.

33:21

Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

31:13

Paul Parry fouled by Ryan Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Parry.

30:59

The ball is delivered by Chris Holroyd, Ryan Flynn makes a clearance.

28:24

Long range shot from Alex Marrow misses to the left of the target.

28:15

Centre by Nicky Hunt, Michael Doyle manages to make a clearance.

27:39 Penalty

Penalty taken by Ched Evans is saved by Thorsten Stuckmann. Sheff Utd 0-0 Preston.

26:58 Booking

Booking Aaron Brown goes into the book.

26:32

Aaron Brown challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

25:28

Corner taken by Paul Parry from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Cummins on Steve Simonsen. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

25:22

Paul Parry produces a cross, clearance made by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.

23:44 Substitution

Substitution Kevin McDonald goes off and Nick Montgomery comes on.

23:04

Alex Marrow crosses the ball, Graham Cummins takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

22:07

Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

20:17

Ryan Flynn produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Brown.

19:27

Centre by Matthew Lowton, Graham Cummins manages to make a clearance.

19:07

Chris Holroyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

16:50

Harry Maguire fouled by Graham Cummins, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

16:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Marrow by Michael Doyle. Aaron Brown restarts play with the free kick.

15:53

Andrew Procter is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

14:51

Corner taken by Ryan Flynn from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Lecsinel Jean-Francois goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

14:44

The ball is crossed by Ched Evans, blocked by Adam Barton.

12:33

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Procter. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Nicholson.

11:09

Foul by Adam Barton on Harry Maguire, free kick awarded. Harry Maguire takes the indirect free kick.

8:55

The ball is swung over by Chris Holroyd.

6:23

Ryan Flynn delivers the ball.

3:39

Lecsinel Jean-Francois produces a cross, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

1:59 Booking

Booking Alex Marrow is cautioned.

1:48

Michael Doyle fouled by Alex Marrow, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

1:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Marrow on Ryan Flynn. Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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