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."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 07 Clarke
  • 10 Drury
  • 04 Connolly
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 08 Torres (Proctor - 66' )
  • 12 Walsh
  • 21 Jones
  • 18 Tubbs (Fallon - 80' )
  • 15 Bulman

Substitutes

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

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 28 Freeman Booked
  • 08 Doyle
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 14 McGinn
  • 17 Coady
  • 09 Porter (Paynter - 81' )
  • 23 Murphy (Khan - 95' )
  • 22 Davies (Dimaio - 94' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Flynn
  • 11 Baxter
  • 18 Paynter
  • 21 Scougall
  • 25 Long
  • 29 Khan
  • 42 Dimaio
Ref: Graham Horwood
Att: 3,622

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

4 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 2.

90:00 +5:16 Full time

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

90:00 +4:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Otis Khan replaces Jamie Murphy.

90:00 +3:52 Booking

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

90:00 +3:36

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

90:00 +3:36

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

90:00 +3:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Connor Dimaio replaces Ben Davies.

90:00 +2:04

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

89:46

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

89:46

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

85:22

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

84:32

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Chris Porter.

79:54

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

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Matt Tubbs.

79:05

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

79:05

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

78:18 Booking

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

75:40

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

75:40

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

74:45

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

74:31

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:10

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

65:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Sergio Torres.

62:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 2. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

58:35

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

58:35

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:56

Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:00

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:59

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

51:34 Booking

Booking Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

51:29

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:29

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

49:19

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

49:19

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

48:33

Hand ball by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

46:41

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

45:40

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

45:40

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

45:00

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 1.

45:00 +0:52

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

45:00 +0:52

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:45

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

42:45

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

42:07

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

42:07

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

41:36

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

41:05

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

39:20

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

39:20

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:46

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

33:46

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:49

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:49

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

31:15

Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:15

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

30:41

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:43

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:43

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

27:03

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

26:14

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:14

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

24:54

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

23:03

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:03

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

18:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 1. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

17:15

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

11:33

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

11:33

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

6:20

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from very close range is too high.

6:09

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

5:47

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:16

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Howard.

3:03

Attempt saved. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

2:43

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:43

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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