Sheffield United opened their League One season with a win thanks to an early goal against Shrewsbury Town.

David McAllister hit the only goal of the game after just four minutes when he volleyed in from close range.

Paul Parry twice went close to levelling, and Marvin Morgan headed wide as the visitors pushed on.

After the break, Tony McMahon and Shaun Miller were both denied by visiting goalkeeper Chris Weale, while Parry was denied again by Mark Howard.

McAllister spent three months on loan with Shrewsbury last season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Blades manager Danny Wilson tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a typical first game of the season. I thought Shrewsbury did brilliantly at times and put us on the back foot.

"Overall it's a great three points at this stage of the season. Thankfully we've won our home game and that's all we can ask for.

"We defended well. There are loads of things to work on but we got our first three points which was important."

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Without a shadow of a doubt we should have taken at least a point out of that.

"After the setback of an early goal it was just having that little extra bit of a cutting edge in the box.

"We had enough quality balls and enough scrambling balls getting in there, and we should not have drawn a blank."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Howard
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 30 Williams
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald
  • 16 McAllister
  • 28 Quinn
  • 10 Blackman
  • 19 Cofie (Miller - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Long
  • 18 Harriott
  • 21 Chapell
  • 22 Philliskirk
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 12 Miller
  • 24 Ironside

Shrewsbury

  • 01 Weale
  • 02 Grandison
  • 05 Jones
  • 23 Hector Booked
  • 04 Summerfield (Hall - 69' )
  • 06 Purdie
  • 07 Wright
  • 08 Richards (Wildig - 82' )
  • 17 Parry
  • 10 Morgan Booked
  • 24 Gornell (Bradshaw - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Anyon
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 12 Hazell
  • 11 Taylor
  • 14 Hall
  • 20 Wildig
  • 09 Bradshaw
Ref: Coote
Att: 18,286

Match Stats

Shots

8 19

On target

2 3

Corners

2 4

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:44

The ball is sent over by Paul Parry.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:15

Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Robert Purdie results in a free kick. Stephen Quinn takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Bradshaw. Mark Howard takes the free kick.

89:46

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Purdie. Robert Purdie takes the free kick.

88:57

Asa Hall takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.

88:37

Robert Purdie delivers the ball.

87:22

Darren Jones challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Williams restarts play with the free kick.

86:45

Tom Bradshaw takes a shot. Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

86:20

The referee blows for offside against Shaun Miller. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.

84:41

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Wright. Mark Wright takes a shot from 18 yards. Clearance by Tony McMahon.

83:51

Tom Bradshaw takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.

83:10

Paul Parry takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

82:37

Shot by Kevin McDonald from outside the box goes high over the target.

81:24 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wildig joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Richards.

81:00

Shot from just outside the area by Stephen Quinn goes over the bar.

79:17

Corner taken by David McAllister, clearance made by Matthew Richards.

78:30

Paul Parry takes a inswinging corner.

77:54

Paul Parry sends in a cross, clearance by Marcus Williams.

77:37

Unfair challenge on Asa Hall by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Hector.

74:09

Asa Hall takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

72:52 Substitution

Substitution Tom Bradshaw on for Terry Gornell.

72:52

Marvin Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Williams. Mark Howard takes the direct free kick.

72:02

Michael Doyle produces a cross, Shaun Miller takes a shot. Michael Hector gets a block in.

71:08

Tony McMahon takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.

69:59

Unfair challenge on Nick Blackman by Michael Hector results in a free kick. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.

69:57 Booking

Booking Michael Hector shown a yellow card.

67:51 Substitution

Substitution Luke Summerfield goes off and Asa Hall comes on.

67:51

Matthew Richards takes a shot.

67:06

Tony McMahon takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing John Cofie.

64:19 Booking

Booking Marvin Morgan is cautioned.

61:31

Effort on goal by Luke Summerfield from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

61:06

The ball is crossed by Paul Parry, clearance made by Tony McMahon.

59:39

The official flags Marvin Morgan offside. Free kick taken by Mark Howard.

57:12

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

53:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Parry on Marcus Williams. Free kick taken by Marcus Williams.

52:11

Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan.

51:12

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line to the near post, Darren Jones makes a clearance.

49:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Grandison on Stephen Quinn. The ball is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Darren Jones produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

48:25

Unfair challenge on Harry Maguire by Marvin Morgan results in a free kick. Mark Howard takes the indirect free kick.

47:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Hector by Nick Blackman. Chris Weale takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:37

The ball is crossed by Paul Parry, save made by Mark Howard.

44:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Gornell on Michael Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

43:09

Matthew Richards takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

42:22

The offside flag is raised against Marvin Morgan. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Howard.

41:30

Luke Summerfield takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.

41:15

The ball is swung over by Matthew Richards.

40:52

Robert Purdie takes a shot.

39:58

John Cofie produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

39:06

Nick Blackman concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Wright. Free kick taken by Robert Purdie.

38:27

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Clearance by Tony McMahon.

37:50

Nick Blackman concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Hector. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.

37:18

Terry Gornell has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

34:38

Corner taken left-footed by Paul Parry, Header from deep inside the area by Darren Jones goes over the bar.

34:01

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, save made by Chris Weale.

33:41

The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn.

29:44

Foul by Jermaine Grandison on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Stephen Quinn crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Marvin Morgan.

26:57

The ball is delivered by Nick Blackman, clearance made by Michael Hector.

26:12

Harry Maguire fouled by Marvin Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

25:35

The referee gives a free kick against David McAllister for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Weale.

24:42

The ball is delivered by Nick Blackman, Chris Weale gets a block in.

20:05

Mark Wright has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

19:16

Paul Parry produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

17:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by Marcus Williams. Direct free kick taken by Paul Parry.

15:53

Marvin Morgan challenges Harry Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Howard restarts play with the free kick.

14:54

The offside flag is raised against John Cofie. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Weale.

13:53

Paul Parry takes a shot. Save by Mark Howard.

13:31

Nick Blackman is caught offside. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.

12:44

Marvin Morgan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Howard.

11:51

Mark Wright takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Marcus Williams.

10:33

Nick Blackman has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:28

Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Summerfield. Matthew Richards takes the indirect free kick.

7:12

Tony McMahon is ruled offside. Chris Weale takes the free kick.

6:33

Jermaine Grandison sends in a cross, save by Mark Howard.

5:47

Marvin Morgan crosses the ball, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

3:51

Assist on the goal came from Marcus Williams.

3:51 Goal scored

Goal! - David McAllister - Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Shrewsbury David McAllister grabs a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Shrewsbury.

3:51

The ball is delivered by Marcus Williams,

1:47

Matthew Richards crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Doyle.

0:00

The game begins.

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