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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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient3320763467
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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