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Crawley Town 0-2 Sheffield United

Conor Coady

Sheffield United edged closer to the play-offs after a Conor Coady double gave them a comfortable win at Crawley.

Coady opened his account in the first half when Jamie Murphy's cross reached him and he fired home.

The hosts had their chances but both Mark Connolly and Andy Drury failed to find the back of the net.

The Blades made sure of the win when Murphy again found Coady from his delivery and the on-loan Liverpool midfielder slotted in at the back post.

Nigel Clough's side are seven points off sixth-placed Peterborough with games in hand on the teams around them.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"There were a lot of positives from the game, which I will keep, in terms of we kept the ball. I was disappointed in the final third of the pitch, everything before that was excellent and I can't fault anyone or there effort, we just lacked that spark.

"Their goalkeeper has made some brilliant saves so we kept him busy but we should've have been more clinical.

"There is not too much for me to complain about because there was an incredible effort and the result flattered Sheffield.

"We have an incredible next five matches, with four of them away from home and I suppose we are suffering from the bad weather we had in January and we seem to do things the hard way."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 3Sadler
  • 7Clarke
  • 10Drury
  • 4Connolly
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 79mins
  • 8TorresSubstituted forProctorat 66'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 21Jones
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forFallonat 80'minutes
  • 15Bulman

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
  • 29Connolly

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 28FreemanBooked at 52mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 5MaguireBooked at 90mins
  • 15Collins
  • 14McGinn
  • 17Coady
  • 9PorterSubstituted forPaynterat 81'minutes
  • 23MurphySubstituted forKhanat 90+5'minutes
  • 22DaviesSubstituted forDimaioat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Flynn
  • 11Baxter
  • 18Paynter
  • 21Scougall
  • 25Long
  • 29Khan
  • 42Dimaio
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,622

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Otis Khan replaces Jamie Murphy.

  4. Booking

    Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Connor Dimaio replaces Ben Davies.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Chris Porter.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Matt Tubbs.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

  17. Post update

    Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves38258571254683
2Brentford37247662352779
3Leyton Orient392210772363676
4Rotherham382012671442772
5Preston391915555381772
6Peterborough38184165952758
7MK Dons39167165653355
8Swindon39159155652454
9Walsall391314124441353
10Sheff Utd37149143940-151
11Port Vale38155185164-1350
12Gillingham39146195163-1248
13Bristol City391016136161046
14Crawley351113113843-546
15Bradford381015134948145
16Colchester381013154451-743
17Oldham391110184355-1243
18Coventry371410136768-142
19Crewe391010194673-2740
20Tranmere38109194769-2239
21Carlisle38109193961-2239
22Shrewsbury39814173649-1338
23Notts County39114245269-1737
24Stevenage37107203958-1937
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