Sheffield United moved up to second in League One as they extended their unbeaten start to the league season with victory over Portsmouth.

Nick Blackman's second-half penalty, awarded after Chris Porter was fouled in the box by Lubomir Michalik, was enough to give the Blades the win.

They were made to work hard by a Portsmouth side who hit the bar through Akos Buzsaky's first-half drive.

United now trail league leaders Tranmere only on goal difference.

Pompey's Bramall Lane Blues

Portsmouth have not won at Bramall Lane since November 1955 when they claimed a 3-1 victory

Danny Wilson's side, who missed out on promotion to the Championship last season courtesy of a penalty shoot-out loss to Huddersfield in the play-off final, have now gone 15 matches without defeat in League One this season.

They began confidently, with Blackman firing in an early shot which was saved by Pompey keeper Mikkel Andersen.

Portsmouth, who have had an inconsistent start to their campaign which has left them mid-table, responded and came within a few inches of taking the lead when Buzsaky's superb long-range effort struck the woodwork.

United's Neill Collins headed over and Chris Porter put a header wide but it was the visitors who looked the more likely scorers in the first half with Scott Allan shooting wide after a strong run into the area and Buzsaky's drive going just over.

The game was settled in the 66th minute when Michalik slid in recklessly on Porter on the right side of the box giving Blackman the opportunity to calmly stroke home his eighth goal of the season.

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

3 3

Corners

5 7

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:15 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:36

Richard Cresswell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

90:00 +1:49

Kevin McDonald fouled by Akos Buzsaky, the ref awards a free kick. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:42

The ball is crossed by Akos Buzsaky, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

89:01

Akos Buzsaky restarts play with the free kick.

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Richard Cresswell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Williams.

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Miller on for Nick Blackman.

89:01

Chris Porter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya.

88:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Allan by Matthew Hill. Mikkel Andersen takes the free kick.

84:42

Izale McLeod gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire. Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

84:23

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Mikkel Andersen.

83:16

A cross is delivered by Scott Allan, Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

81:54

Unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by Chris Porter results in a free kick. Gabor Gyepes restarts play with the free kick.

81:13

Shot on goal by Scott Allan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

79:56

The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn, Headed effort from inside the area by Nick Blackman misses to the left of the goal.

77:53

The ball is crossed by Scott Allan, clearance by Harry Maguire.

77:04

Direct free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Luke Rodgers coming on for Johnny Ertl.

77:04

Unfair challenge on Scott Allan by Tony McMahon results in a free kick.

76:27

The referee gives a free kick against Akos Buzsaky for handball. Indirect free kick taken by George Long.

73:30 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Harris on for Jon Harley.

69:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Hill by Akos Buzsaky. Strike on goal comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, blocked by Lee Williamson. The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald.

67:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Ertl on Tony McMahon. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

67:37

Foul by Chris Porter on Lee Williamson, free kick awarded. Lee Williamson takes the direct free kick.

66:26

A cross is delivered by Nick Blackman, blocked by Carl Dickinson. Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Flynn, clearance made by Johnny Ertl.

65:52

Chris Porter provided the assist for the goal.

65:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Blackman - Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Portsmouth Penalty taken left-footed by Nick Blackman and scored. Sheff Utd 1-0 Portsmouth.

64:12

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Porter by Lubomir Michalik.

63:05

The referee blows for offside against Nick Blackman. Mikkel Andersen takes the free kick.

61:15

Nick Blackman is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

60:03

Ryan Flynn sends in a cross, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the right by-line, Carl Dickinson manages to make a clearance. Effort from just outside the area by Kevin McDonald goes over the bar.

59:06

Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

59:06 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

58:16

Jon Harley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon. Tony McMahon takes the free kick. Carl Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn.

55:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McDonald on Akos Buzsaky. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Akos Buzsaky.

54:29

Effort on goal by Harry Maguire from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

53:39

Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from right wing, clearance by Gabor Gyepes.

51:38

Mustapha Dumbuya delivers the ball, blocked by Marcus Williams. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Akos Buzsaky.

50:41

Michael Doyle fouled by Scott Allan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

50:01

Michael Doyle produces a cross, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

48:36

Gabor Gyepes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

47:47

The ball is delivered by Carl Dickinson, Kevin McDonald manages to make a clearance.

46:24

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from the right by-line, Johnny Ertl takes a shot. Save by George Long. Akos Buzsaky takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:51

Centre by Jon Harley, Ryan Flynn gets a block in. Short corner taken by Akos Buzsaky from the left by-line.

44:01

Akos Buzsaky challenges Neill Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.

42:46

A cross is delivered by Kevin McDonald, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance. Tony McMahon takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jon Harley. The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, clearance by Jon Harley. The ball is delivered by Ryan Flynn, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

41:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Williams by Akos Buzsaky. Michael Doyle takes the free kick.

38:15

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Dumbuya, Ryan Flynn manages to make a clearance.

36:40

Lubomir Michalik challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

34:42

The ball is crossed by Kevin McDonald, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.

34:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Flynn, clearance by Carl Dickinson.

33:25

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Jon Harley.

32:46

The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald, clearance made by Lubomir Michalik.

31:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Williams on Scott Allan. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the free kick.

30:08

The official flags Izale McLeod offside. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

29:04

Mustapha Dumbuya produces a cross.

27:43

Jon Harley challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Long takes the direct free kick.

26:27

Johnny Ertl produces a cross, clearance made by Harry Maguire. Effort on goal by Akos Buzsaky from long range goes over the crossbar.

24:53

Scott Allan produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

22:04

Tony McMahon produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Chris Porter misses to the right of the target.

18:40

Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn. Tony McMahon crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

18:28

Marcus Williams crosses the ball, Jon Harley makes a clearance.

17:55

Izale McLeod is caught offside. Harry Maguire restarts play with the free kick.

17:07

Shot from inside the area by Izale McLeod clears the bar.

15:38

Foul by Lubomir Michalik on Chris Porter, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, Header from deep inside the area by Neill Collins goes over the bar.

15:01

The ball is sent over by Carl Dickinson, clearance by Harry Maguire.

13:56

Gabor Gyepes produces a cross, clearance by Tony McMahon.

13:33

Scott Allan takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Maguire.

11:56

Izale McLeod takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McDonald. Corner taken by Akos Buzsaky from the right by-line to the near post, Kevin McDonald manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Akos Buzsaky. Izale McLeod sends in a cross, clearance by Neill Collins. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kevin McDonald.

9:37

Akos Buzsaky takes a shot from long range and hits the upright. The offside flag is raised against Izale McLeod. Free kick taken by George Long.

7:14

Jon Harley challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

6:05

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Flynn from the left by-line played to the near post. The referee blows for offside against Nick Blackman. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

4:58

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Lubomir Michalik.

4:45

The ball is delivered by Matthew Hill, Carl Dickinson makes a clearance.

3:27

Nick Blackman crosses the ball.

1:17

Harry Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Izale McLeod. Free kick crossed right-footed by Akos Buzsaky, Tony McMahon gets a block in.

0:17

Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen. Scott Allan delivers the ball, clearance by Neill Collins. Carl Dickinson fouled by Ryan Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Dickinson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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