Preston North End extended their winning run to four games, as Stuart Beavon's goal earned them victory against struggling Sheffield United.

Beavon combined with strike partner Kevin Davies to fire the Lilywhites ahead midway through the second-half.

United, who remain in the relegation zone, had chances through Jose Baxter and Febian Brandy but were unable to find a way past Declan Rudd.

The result puts pressure on boss David Weir, who has won once in eight games.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager David Weir told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I'm obviously disappointed to lose the game. There were many positives today, we must have had 20 or 25 shots.

"We're very disappointed with the result. It just seems like everything is going against us in regards to the nature of the game.

"Anything that seems to happen, it seems to be that we're getting the bad luck.

"We as a football club should not be losing but there were some good things today."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 29 McMahon
  • 04 Hall (Taylor - 72' )
  • 08 Doyle (McGinn - 90' )
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 19 Brandy (Westlake - 80' )
  • 11 Baxter
  • 18 King

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 02 Westlake
  • 14 McGinn
  • 20 McGinty
  • 17 Coady
  • 10 Taylor
  • 24 Ironside

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 04 Huntington
  • 05 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 13 Byrom
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon (Garner - 85' )
  • 27 Hume Booked (Holmes - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes
  • 19 Welsh
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 14 Garner
Ref: Graham
Att: 16,319

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

3 3

Corners

10 4

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:29

Shot by Lyle Taylor. Declan Rudd catches the ball.

90:00 +3:30

Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:27

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

90:00 +2:45 Substitution

Substitution Michael Doyle leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen McGinn.

90:00 +2:21

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:18

Centre by Florent Cuvelier.

90:00 +1:04

Tony McMahon produces a cross.

89:22

Free kick taken by Kevin Davies.

89:12

Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner.

87:01

The ball is crossed by Lee Holmes.

86:26

Tom Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

86:19

Joel Byrom fouled by Matthew Hill, the ref awards a free kick.

84:55

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

84:52

Corner taken by Tony McMahon.

84:34

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

84:19

Free kick crossed by Jose Baxter.

84:01 Substitution

Substitution Joe Garner comes on in place of Stuart Beavon.

83:32

Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Kevin Davies results in a free kick.

79:28

Clearance made by Harry Maguire.

79:24

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joel Byrom.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Darryl Westlake comes on in place of Febian Brandy.

76:28

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

76:25

The ball is swung over by Lyle Taylor.

75:36

The ball is swung over by Matthew Hill.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Iain Hume goes off and Lee Holmes comes on.

73:10

Paul Huntington makes a clearance.

73:07

The ball is delivered by Matthew Hill.

72:17

The ball is crossed by Keith Keane.

71:56 Substitution

Substitution Lyle Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Hall.

67:59

Kevin Davies provided the assist for the goal.

67:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Stuart Beavon - Sheff Utd 0 - 1 Preston Stuart Beavon scores with their left foot. Sheff Utd 0-1 Preston.

65:12

Centre by Tony McMahon.

64:13

Header at goal by Neill Collins misses to the right.

63:48

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

63:27

Febian Brandy takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Laird.

62:04

Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

61:56

Free kick taken by Scott Laird.

61:33

Foul by Tony McMahon on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded.

60:40

Corner taken by Jose Baxter.

60:13

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

59:41

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

59:19

Declan Rudd makes a clearance.

59:13

Corner taken by Jose Baxter.

58:48

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Laird.

57:27

Centre by Iain Hume.

56:33

Header by Stuart Beavon misses left.

56:16

Corner taken by Iain Hume.

55:51

Shot by Kevin Davies. Blocked by Tony McMahon.

55:38

Tony McMahon manages to make a clearance.

55:33

Chris Humphrey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

55:12 Booking

Booking

55:12

Neill Collins receives a yellow card.

55:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Neill Collins.

54:06

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon.

53:33

A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey.

52:57

Clearance made by Matthew Hill.

52:53

Scott Laird sends in a cross.

52:35

Clearance made by Harry Maguire.

52:32

Joel Byrom produces a cross.

51:35

Bailey Wright makes a clearance.

51:33

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon.

50:53

George Long restarts play with the free kick.

50:34

Kevin Davies challenges Neill Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49:16

Shot by Febian Brandy went over the crossbar.

47:50

Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

47:33

Marlon King is ruled offside.

46:29

Scott Laird takes the free kick.

46:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Keane by Tony McMahon.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:44

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

44:51

Joel Byrom takes a shot and cleared the bar.

44:42

Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

44:37

The ball is crossed by Scott Laird.

44:07

A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey.

43:59

Scott Laird crosses the ball.

41:13

Clearance by Harry Maguire.

41:09

Chris Humphrey delivers the ball.

41:03

Neill Collins makes a clearance.

40:57

The ball is sent over by Iain Hume.

40:45

The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey.

38:33

Neill Collins takes the free kick.

38:27

Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hill.

37:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joel Byrom.

37:04

Free kick taken by Declan Rudd.

36:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Keane by Florent Cuvelier.

36:21

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

36:17

The ball is crossed by Matthew Hill.

35:02

Iain Hume gets a header at goal. George Long safely holds on.

34:53

The ball is sent over by Stuart Beavon.

33:46

Shot by Matthew Hill went over the bar.

33:31

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

33:28

Ryan Hall sends in a cross.

32:44

Bailey Wright manages to make a clearance.

32:39

Michael Doyle crosses the ball.

32:32

Free kick taken by Matthew Hill.

32:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Beavon on Matthew Hill.

31:44

Shot by Kevin Davies. George Long catches the ball.

31:29

The ball is crossed by Scott Laird.

31:16

Scott Laird restarts play with the free kick.

31:08

Tony McMahon challenges Iain Hume unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:00

Clearance by Bailey Wright.

29:56

The ball is crossed by Michael Doyle.

29:13

Free kick taken by Neill Collins.

29:05

The referee shows Iain Hume a yellow card.

29:05 Booking

Booking

28:44

Iain Hume challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:30

Clearance by Florent Cuvelier.

28:25

Free kick taken by Iain Hume.

27:57

Neill Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies.

26:08

Corner taken by Iain Hume from the left by-line.

24:46

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

24:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Clarke by Marlon King.

23:19

Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

23:13

Free kick crossed by Florent Cuvelier.

22:52

Foul by Chris Humphrey on Febian Brandy, free kick awarded.

22:38

Free kick taken by Neill Collins.

22:33

Foul by Kevin Davies on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded.

21:52

Tony McMahon takes a strike on goal from the free kick which goes harmlessly over the bar.

21:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by Tom Clarke.

18:42

Clearance by Paul Huntington.

18:39

Febian Brandy restarts play with the free kick.

18:33

Unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by Kevin Davies results in a free kick.

17:46

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

17:33

Shot by Florent Cuvelier cleared the bar.

17:08

Joel Byrom makes a clearance.

16:55

Tony McMahon produces a cross.

16:49

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line.

16:38

Clearance made by Paul Huntington.

16:34

Jose Baxter sends in a cross.

16:21

Clearance made by Joel Byrom.

15:52

Corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line.

14:59

Shot by Ryan Hall.

12:52

Free kick crossed by Jose Baxter.

12:43

Tom Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Febian Brandy.

10:39

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Hall.

10:08

Strike on goal comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick. Declan Rudd parries the effort to safety.

9:29

Paul Huntington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Baxter.

8:27

Free kick crossed by Scott Laird.

8:17

Ryan Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Laird.

8:00

Free kick taken by Tom Clarke.

7:53

Joel Byrom fouled by Florent Cuvelier, the ref awards a free kick.

6:56

Clearance by Neill Collins.

6:53

The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey.

6:43

Declan Rudd takes the free kick.

6:27

Marlon King is ruled offside.

5:21

Jose Baxter has an effort at goal.

5:00

Clearance made by Bailey Wright.

4:54

Tony McMahon delivers the ball.

4:06

A cross is delivered by Chris Humphrey.

2:53

Tony McMahon takes a shot and cleared the net.

2:26

Free kick taken by Neill Collins.

2:17

Unfair challenge on Neill Collins by Stuart Beavon results in a free kick.

1:12

Declan Rudd restarts play with the free kick.

1:00

Foul by Michael Doyle on Joel Byrom, free kick awarded.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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