February 16, 2013
Blades back in promotion picture
Sheffield United climbed back into the top two as Barry Robson's penalty and goals from Kevin McDonald and Dave Kitson sealed a 3-0 home win over Colchester.
Robson scored from the spot in the fourth minute after being fouled by Josh Thompson.
The visitors then enjoyed a good spell with Freddie Sears seeing his free-kick deflected wide and Thompson heading over.
Sears also had a shot on the run saved by Blades goalkeeper George Long and fired over, while David Wright put a long-range effort off-target.
The home side came back into the game towards the end of the first half, with Michael Doyle having a 20-yard shot saved by Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker.
Doyle went close to putting the hosts further ahead in first-half stoppage time when his long-range shot struck a post.
McDonald beat Walker with a low shot from distance in the 73rd minute to make it 2-0.
Walker then made a good save from Kitson, turning the striker's shot wide.
But Kitson completed the scoring in stoppage time, pouncing on the rebound after Diego De Girolamo's shot had been parried by Walker.
|Sheffield United||Colchester United|
|25 George Long||44 Sam Walker|
|15 Neill Collins||2 David Wright|
|4 Danny Higginbotham||4 Magnus Okuonghae|
|29 Tony McMahon||25 John White|
|5 Harry Maguire||40 Josh Thompson|
|19 Barry Robson||41 Billy Clifford|
|8 Michael Doyle||3 Bradley Garmston|
|11 Kevin McDonald||39 George Porter|
|7 Ryan Flynn||17 Jabo Ibehre|
|14 Dave Kitson||11 Fred Sears|
|23 Jamie Murphy||21 Gavin Massey|
|35 Danny Coyne||Shaun Phillips 29|
|6 Matthew Hill||Tom Eastman 18|
|2 Darryl Westlake||Marcus Bean 15|
|26 Callum McFadzean||Andrew Bond 14|
|24 Joe Ironside||Drey Wright 30|
|22 Dominic Poleon||Clinton Morrison 9|
|36 Diago De Girolamo||Jack Compton 33|
|Dominic Poleon for Barry Robson (58)||Jack Compton for George Porter (65)|
|Diago De Girolamo for Ryan Flynn (90)||Drey Wright for Gavin Massey (72)|
|Andrew Bond for David Wright (86)|
|Barry Robson (23)||Josh Thompson (29)|
|Tony McMahon (64)||Fred Sears (64)|
|Billy Clifford (75)|
|Jack Compton (90)|
|· Squads: Sheffield United | Colchester United|