Sheffield United secured a sixth straight win as Chris Porter's second-half penalty saw off Colchester United.

Freddie Sears clipped Ben Davies in the box and Porter netted his eighth goal of the season with three minutes to go.

The visitors dominated the game but rarely troubled Sam Walker, although the Chelsea loanee had to be at his best to deny a Ben Davies volley.

Colchester's best chance of the game fell to Sears but he saw his flick drop just wide of the post.

The Blades are now six points clear of the League One relegation zone, while Colchester remain only three points away from the bottom four.

Jose Baxter had the game's first chance as he went close for the visitors, while Jamie Murphy cut inside and fired wide.

A well-worked move resulted in Conor Coady, who was celebrating his 21st birthday by agreeing a loan extension from Liverpool until the end of the season, having a shot deflected wide.

John Brayford's header was easily saved by Walker, while Baxter also went close in the second half.

United's winner came when Davies, on loan from manager Nigel Clough's former club Derby County, jinked his way into the box.

Second-half substitute Porter, who came off the bench to score from the spot against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, repeated the trick to secure his side three points.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson (Sesay - 46' )
  • 03 Dickson Booked
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman Booked
  • 25 Vose
  • 11 Sears
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 09 Morrison (Eastmond - 46' )
  • 15 Bean

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 21 Massey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 39 Sesay
  • 41 Bonne

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 03 Harris
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 22 Davies (Hill - 89' )
  • 08 Doyle Booked
  • 11 Baxter (Porter - 83' )
  • 23 Murphy (Flynn - 81' )
  • 21 Scougall

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Flynn
  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 18 Paynter
  • 25 Long
  • 32 Kennedy
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 3,088

Match Stats

Shots

4 16

On target

0 6

Corners

3 6

Fouls

9 3

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 1.

90:00 +4:45

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

90:00 +4:45

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

90:00 +3:21

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +2:18

Alie Sesay (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

89:48 Booking

Booking Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Ben Davies.

86:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 1. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

86:17

Penalty conceded by Freddie Sears (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

86:17

Penalty Sheffield United. Ben Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

82:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jose Baxter.

82:27

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

81:18

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Jamie Murphy.

76:31

Attempt missed. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

75:58

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

71:58

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69:41

Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

69:23

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

65:19

Attempt saved. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:02

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

62:22

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

61:10

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

57:54

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

57:07

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

57:07

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Alie Sesay replaces Brian Wilson.

45:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Clinton Morrison.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 0.

42:59

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sam Walker.

42:47

Attempt saved. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

41:08

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:08

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

40:22 Booking

Booking Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

40:17

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

40:17

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:10 Booking

Booking Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

39:00

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:00

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

34:48

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

34:48

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:06

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

31:42

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Neill Collins.

31:34

Attempt blocked. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

31:06

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Neill Collins.

30:02

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

29:56

Attempt blocked. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

26:19

Attempt saved. John Brayford (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

26:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

23:51

Attempt saved. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:46

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:46

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

20:42

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:10

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:10

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

17:54

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

17:54

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

16:58

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:39

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

11:46

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:46

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

10:37

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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