Sheffield United ended a run of six straight League One defeats as Marlon King's second-half goal secured a point against Crawley Town.

Jamie Proctor's header put Crawley ahead as he converted Andy Drury's chip after Billy Clarke's clever back heel.

Anthony McMahon came close to levelling for the Blades but hit the inside of the left-hand post, before Febian Brandy sent King clear to equalise.

The hosts climb off the bottom of the table into 21st place.

Crawley are now only outside the play-off places on goal difference but remain eighth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Surrey:

"It was a good point and on a positive note, six games unbeaten.

"I've just said to the players the longer this run goes on and obviously that should motivate us more.

"But the lads are devastated in there and it comes to something when Crawley Town go to Bramall Lane and draw and the players are devastated, so I think that's a measure of how far we've come."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon Booked
  • 05 Maguire
  • 22 Lappin
  • 15 Collins
  • 04 Hall (Taylor - 60' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 16 Cuvelier (Coady - 38' )
  • 19 Brandy (Murphy - 87' )
  • 11 Baxter
  • 18 King

Substitutes

  • 10 Taylor
  • 06 Hill
  • 01 Howard
  • 23 Murphy
  • 02 Westlake
  • 17 Coady
  • 14 McGinn

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler Booked
  • 12 Walsh
  • 11 Simpson
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 21 Jones
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams (Torres - 88' )
  • 10 Drury (Hurst - 79' )
  • 07 Clarke
  • 14 Proctor Booked (Alexander - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Alexander
  • 18 Rooney
  • 08 Torres
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 15,401

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

6 3

Corners

8 10

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 1.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 1.

90:00 +2:31

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Paul Jones.

90:00 +2:21

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +0:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Dannie Bulman.

89:09

Attempt saved. Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

87:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Nicky Adams.

86:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy replaces Febian Brandy.

86:04

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:04

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

85:00

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:57

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

83:15

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Paul Jones.

83:05

Attempt saved. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:20

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Andy Drury.

74:34

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

73:32

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

73:32

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:45

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

71:01

Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

70:41

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:41

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

69:01

Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:01

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

67:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

65:37

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

65:37

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:24

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

63:02

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

62:54

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

62:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 1. Marlon King (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Febian Brandy.

59:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Ryan Hall.

57:15

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:27

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

54:29 Booking

Booking Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

54:24

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

54:24

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:07

Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:26

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:26

Foul by Ryan Hall (Sheffield United).

52:57

Attempt blocked. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:39

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

51:02

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

50:52

Attempt blocked. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

48:43

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

48:16

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Nicky Adams.

47:31

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

46:44

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

45:41

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Crawley Town 1.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Crawley Town 1.

45:00 +1:55

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:04

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:04

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

44:16

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:24

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:14

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

39:01

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:01

Foul by Ryan Hall (Sheffield United).

37:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Florent Cuvelier because of an injury.

33:28

Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

33:01

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

31:24

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Simon Lappin.

29:24

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

29:24

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:41

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:41

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

25:50

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

25:50

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:02 Booking

Booking Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

23:56

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

23:56

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:12

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:12

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

21:46

Attempt missed. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

20:39

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

20:13

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

17:26

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

16:16

Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:24 Booking

Booking Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

14:19 Booking

Booking Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

13:54

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

13:54

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:21

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:21

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

12:31

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

12:31

Simon Lappin (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:59

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Febian Brandy.

9:47

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

9:47

Ryan Hall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 0, Crawley Town 1. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Drury.

8:40

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

5:51

Attempt saved. Ryan Hall (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

5:11

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

5:11

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:12

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:12

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

2:25

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

2:11

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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