Championship roundup: Joe Allen denies Blades return to top spot

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Sheffield United missed out on the chance to return to the top as the result of an 88th-minute Joe Allen free-kick that earned Stoke a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder’s side had lost their grip on top spot after their defeat at Derby on Saturday but seemed set to get back to winning ways when Leon Clarke tapped home from close range with 20 minutes to go. Allen, though, stroked a low free-kick past Dean Henderson.

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