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Colchester United 0-1 Sheffield United

Chris Porter

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.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

Joe Dunne

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Post-match: Colchester boss Joe Dunne

"It would have been unjust to Sheffield United [for us] to have got a point, but I would have taken it based on how poor we were in the first half.

"Aimless balls from back to front kind of nullified what we were asking the players to do, that was the disappointing part.

"We could have been there till Christmas and probably not scored. We were just off our game tonight.

"They are working hard and when it goes tough, you've got to stick with them. My players will respond."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonSubstituted forSesayat 46'minutes
  • 3DicksonBooked at 40mins
  • 2Wright
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18EastmanBooked at 90mins
  • 25Vose
  • 11Sears
  • 17Ibehre
  • 9MorrisonSubstituted forEastmondat 46'minutes
  • 15Bean

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 6Eastmond
  • 12Sanderson
  • 21Massey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 39Sesay
  • 41Bonne

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 3Harris
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 22DaviesSubstituted forHillat 89'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 41mins
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forPorterat 83'minutes
  • 23MurphySubstituted forFlynnat 81'minutes
  • 21Scougall

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 7Flynn
  • 9Porter
  • 12Miller
  • 18Paynter
  • 25Long
  • 32Kennedy
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
3,088

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away16
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

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

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

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

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Ben Davies.

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.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jose Baxter.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Jamie Murphy.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

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

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

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

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

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

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

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

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Alie Sesay replaces Brian Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Clinton Morrison.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Sheffield United 0.

Half Time

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sam Walker.

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

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

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

Booking

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

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

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

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Wolves3120743467
3Brentford3120652366
4Preston33161341361
5Rotherham32161061558
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3313713646
9MK Dons3313713346
10Port Vale3213415-543
11Bradford329149541
12Sheff Utd3110813-538
13Gillingham3311517-1338
14Coventry3113810337
15Oldham3310716-937
16Carlisle3210616-1736
17Colchester3081111-335
18Crawley278118-435
19Tranmere329815-1735
20Crewe339717-2534
21Bristol City3361413-832
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage318419-2128
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