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U’s secure a valuable and well-earned point at Sheffield United
COLCHESTER United continued their impressive, unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League One season by drawing 1-1 at Sheffield United.
The Blades are one of the more fancied teams in the division, with many pundits predicting them to be among the front-runners for promotion.
However, the U’s totally deserved their point in this afternoon’s contest at Bramall Lane.
They worked tirelessly and, after taking the lead and then suffering the blow of conceding just before half-time, more than held their own in an even second period.
The U’s nosed in front just after 25 minutes.
Sheffield United took a short corner that failed to come to anything and, in a flash, the ball was up the other end, with Sanchez Watt showing electric pace before playing in Freddie Sears.
The former West Ham man kept his composure from a tight angle on the left and slotted a low effort across goal and past keeper George Long.
The goal prompted the U’s best spell of the half, but Sheffield United got lucky with a fortuitous equaliser stemming from an error by goalkeeper Sam Walker.
Harry Maguire tried his luck with a speculative long-range effort that skidded off the greasy surface.
Walker got a hand to it but could only watch in horror as the ball squirted off his glove and inside the bottom right-hand post.
It was a real blow, seconds before the half-time whistle.
Jabo Ibehre had an effort ruled out at the start of the second half, adjudged to have strayed offside as he poked home a free-kick.
And there was a major scare at the other end soon after, when the Blades worked the ball through to lone striker Lyle Taylor.
The front man had the goal at his mercy but was denied by the onrushing Walker.
Otherwise, the second period was very even and Colchester were good value for their point, which comes hot on the heels of their opening wins against Gillingham and Port Vale.
For a full report, pictures and reaction from Bramall Lane, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.
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