Records and statistics did not favour the Swans going into Saturday's game at Bramall Lane, as the Welsh side have not enjoyed league success against the Blades on their turf in 71 years.

But on a day where football fixtures up and down the country were plagued by adverse weather conditions, the Swans not only had the chance to break the bad run at the lane, but three points would have seen us move into second spot due to Cardiff's home game being postponed.

After the loss of their manager in midweek, United did not start the game like a troubled team sitting just above the relegation zone, and looked to have made the break through early on only for Quinn's effort to be ruled offside by the officials.

Sheffield posed the most threat in front of goal despite Swansea enjoying the better spells in possession.

With the home side unable to make the break through it looked as though we were edging towards a goalless first 45, but on the stroke of half time up popped Ched Evans to give the home side the advantage with what proved to be the only goal of the game.

From a Swansea attack, the Blades regained possession and with a ball lofted high down field by Reid, Welsh international Evans fired the ball into the net.

Brendan Rodgers opted for change at the break introducing Darren Pratley and on loan Jermaine Easter into the attack, in place of Mark Gower and Craig Beattie.

Easter was involved within minutes of being on the pitch, linking up with Dyer and forcing a save from keeper Bartley. But as in recent weeks, the Swans struggled to apply any real attacking threat or conviction when pushing up into the final third.

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