League One
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Sheffield United 1-1 Leyton Orient

Jamie Murphy

Sheffield United fought back to claim a draw against League One promotion chasers Leyton Orient.

Dean Cox fired Orient into the lead after lifting the ball over a United defender and side-footing past Mark Howard from six yards.

The hosts equalised after Jamie Murphy pounced on a loose ball, dribbled around Jamie Jones and tapped home.

The Blades had chances to grab the three points late on, with Conor Coady and John Brayford both going close.

The result solidifies Sheffield United's foothold in mid-table, while Leyton Orient lose pace on second-placed Brentford in the race for automatic promotion after the Bees secured a 3-1 victory over Notts County to open up a seven-point gap.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

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Post-match: Orient manager Slade

"I was really pleased with the first hour and particularly the first half. I thought we played some excellent football.

"We need to keep the belief and the focus.

"Perhaps we lapsed a bit of concentration [for the equaliser] as we should've won the ball further up the field. We didn't, and then it's an individual mistake which has cost us dearly.

"There are still five games to go and we'll still be playing with the right attitude, desire, enthusiasm and spirit that took us to the top of the table."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 28FreemanSubstituted forHarrisat 77'minutes
  • 17Coady
  • 5MaguireBooked at 44mins
  • 15Collins
  • 7Flynn
  • 8Doyle
  • 9PorterSubstituted forDaviesat 62'minutes
  • 14McGinnSubstituted forScougallat 58'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 23Murphy

Substitutes

  • 3Harris
  • 6Hill
  • 18Paynter
  • 21Scougall
  • 22Davies
  • 25Long
  • 42Dimaio

Leyton Orient

  • 1Jones
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 2Omozusi
  • 24Lundstram
  • 6Baudry
  • 15Clarke
  • 11OdubajoBooked at 79mins
  • 29Ness
  • 9Lisbie
  • 8JamesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forBattat 83'minutes
  • 7CoxBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMooneyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sawyer
  • 10Mooney
  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 20Gorman
  • 23Dagnall
  • 25Simpson
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
16,809

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces Lloyd James.

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

Booking

Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Kieran Freeman.

Attempt missed. John Brayford (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Attempt blocked. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. David Mooney replaces Dean Cox.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

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

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

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

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

Booking

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Leyton Orient 1. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Chris Porter.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41279574254990
2Brentford40259665362984
3Rotherham402212677482978
4Leyton Orient412211873383577
5Preston412016557391876
6Peterborough40194176154761
7MK Dons41177175855358
8Swindon41169165854457
9Port Vale41176185566-1157
10Walsall411414134542356
11Sheff Utd401411154143-253
12Bradford411116145251149
13Coventry411611147171049
14Gillingham40146205467-1348
15Bristol City411017146364-147
16Oldham411211184657-1147
17Crawley381113144048-846
18Colchester411013184557-1243
19Tranmere401110194970-2143
20Carlisle401110194061-2143
21Crewe411110204976-2743
22Shrewsbury41914183750-1341
23Notts County41124255572-1740
24Stevenage41109224061-2139
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