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Colchester United 1-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United moved to within a point of the League One play-off places as they edged out struggling Colchester thanks to Chris Basham's late winner.

The Blades went in front when Billy Sharp's low shot squeezed past Jake Kean after Matt Briggs failed to clear.

Colchester equalised just before the hour when Tom Eastman glanced in a header from Marvin Sordell's cross.

The U's pushed for a winner, but it was United who snatched victory as Edgar turned in a corner from close range.

Colchester have not won in the league since 20 October - a run of 13 games - and are now five points from safety.

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 32Kean
  • 24BrindleySubstituted forBonneat 90+4'minutes
  • 5Wynter
  • 18Eastman
  • 3Briggs
  • 11MasseySubstituted forAmbroseat 85'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 2Garvan
  • 10Moncur
  • 45Sordell
  • 9Porter

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 7Wright
  • 15Kent
  • 19Bonne
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 28Ambrose
  • 33Parish

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Long
  • 5Brayford
  • 15Collins
  • 34Edgar
  • 19McEveley
  • 17Woolford
  • 6Basham
  • 35Hammond
  • 8CouttsSubstituted forFlynnat 71'minutes
  • 14DoneSubstituted forBaxterat 64'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forSammonat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 11Baxter
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 22Reed
  • 29Adams
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
4,322

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 1, Sheffield United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Sheffield United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Basham.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Sammon replaces Billy Sharp.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Richard Brindley.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Colchester United 1, Sheffield United 2. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martyn Woolford following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Owen Garvan.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Darren Ambrose replaces Gavin Massey.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by John Brayford.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Marvin Sordell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton25173534191554
2Walsall26157444251952
3Gillingham27156653341951
4Coventry27139547272048
5Wigan27139544281648
6Peterborough26125952381441
7Sheff Utd2611784438640
8Southend2610883334-138
9Millwall25114103835337
10Bradford2410772526-137
11Port Vale2510692927236
12Doncaster269893335-235
13Rochdale259793430434
14Swindon26104124144-334
15Bury2596103540-533
16Scunthorpe2695122836-832
17Barnsley2593133741-430
18Chesterfield2793153746-930
19Blackpool2684142634-828
20Fleetwood2475123234-226
21Shrewsbury2675143145-1426
22Oldham25312102639-1321
23Colchester2656153561-2621
24Crewe2555152648-2220
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