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00:22 11th May 2012

Stevenage 0 - 0 Sheffield United

A trip to Wembley Stadium could still be on the cards for Stevenage, with it all to play for at Bramall Lane on Monday evening after a goalless draw at The Lamex Stadium.

With the absence of the away goals rule in the play off stages the precedence given to having your home tie second may well be down to the tentative nature that is often applied to the first leg, and that was certainly on display this evening.

Whereas the league fixture just a fortnight ago showed two sides in desperate need of a victory, the first leg was one that may have been expected with neither team wanting to risk too much through fear of failure.

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Jamaal Lascelles challenging for the ball.

Although it may have been a nervous 90 minutes for the Boro faithful, the performance was one that suggested a confident Boro side who felt that the tie needn't be decided tonight.

Boro, who were unchanged from the three goal victory over Bury just 6 days ago, looked like a side lacking a final ball and despite some great football in the build up there was very little that would threaten Steve Simonsen in the Blades goal.

Despite the home side being one that is often labelled as long ball the agenda of the away team was clear. That is not a negative on the performance of United who used techniques that were so effective just two weeks earlier as the ball was often worked out to full backs Matthew Lowton and Matthew Hill who would then hit diagonal balls into the Stevenage area.

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Mark Roberts and Joel Byrom rise high.

In that game Boro had found it hard to deal with those tactics however it was evident that work had been done since then with the defence coping well under the bombardment.

There were stages in the second half where Sheffield United were the side that looked most likely to break the deadlock, that said Stevenage also had spells of pressure, however in the end neither side could get a crucial first leg lead and it is as you were for the return fixture in three days time.

Stevenage (4-4-2): Day; Lascelles (Myrie-Williams 81), Ashton, Roberts, Laird; Wilson, Byrom (Shroot 70), Bostwick, Freeman; Reid (Mousinho 64), Agyemang
Unused Subs: Julian, Beardsley

Sheffield United (4-5-1): Simonsen; Lowton, Collins, Maguire, Hill; Williamson, Doyle, Quinn, McDonald (Ertil 89), Flynn (Cresswell 89); Porter
Unused Subs: Taylor, Howard, O'Halloran

Att: 5802

    Data provided by Press Association


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