Football - Blades cut down Latics

Sheffield United boosted their automatic promotion bid with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at Oldham.

PA Sport

Michael Doyle and Dave Kitson were on target for the Blades, who have now kept five consecutive clean sheets.

United had the better of the first-half chances, with Harry Maguire heading off target and also forcing a reaction save from Oldham keeper Alex Cisak.

Jose Baxter was a threat for Oldham, but his two efforts from the edge of the box flew narrowly over.

United went in front after 57 minutes when Dominic Poleon's shot was half-saved by Cisak and the rebound was converted by Doyle from 12 yards.

Oldham almost levelled but Matt Smith headed Lee Croft's cross inches wide before seeing his 18-yard shot palmed out by George Long.

United sealed the points after 86 minutes when Cisak charged off his line and failed to gather Tony McMahon's free-kick, giving Kitson the chance to head into an empty net from 14 yards.

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