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:

"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."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 28 Freeman (Harris - 77' )
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Porter (Davies - 62' )
  • 14 McGinn (Scougall - 58' Booked )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 03 Harris
  • 06 Hill
  • 18 Paynter
  • 21 Scougall
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
  • 42 Dimaio

Leyton Orient

  • 01 Jones
  • 05 Cuthbert
  • 02 Omozusi
  • 24 Lundstram
  • 06 Baudry
  • 15 Clarke
  • 11 Odubajo Booked
  • 29 Ness
  • 09 Lisbie
  • 08 James Booked (Batt - 83' )
  • 07 Cox Booked (Mooney - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Sawyer
  • 10 Mooney
  • 12 Larkins
  • 14 Batt
  • 20 Gorman
  • 23 Dagnall
  • 25 Simpson
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 16,809

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

7 1

Corners

3 4

Fouls

11 22

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Leyton Orient 1.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

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

90:00 +2:13

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

90:00 +0:10

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

90:00 +0:10

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

89:54

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

89:54

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

85:23

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

84:48

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

83:57 Booking

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

83:44

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

83:44

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

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces Lloyd James.

79:42

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

78:53 Booking

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

78:46

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

78:46

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

77:17

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

77:17

Foul by Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient).

76:37

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

76:37

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

76:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Kieran Freeman.

75:49

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

75:10

Hand ball by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

73:07

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

73:07

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

72:53

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Mark Howard.

72:27

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

72:13

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

70:57

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

69:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. David Mooney replaces Dean Cox.

68:45

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

68:35

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

67:43

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

67:24

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

67:24

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

64:07 Booking

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

62:57 Goal scored

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.

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Chris Porter.

59:01

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

59:01

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

57:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Stephen McGinn.

57:36

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

56:34

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

56:34

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

53:15

Attempt blocked. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:54

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kevin Lisbie.

52:30

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:55 Booking

Booking Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

51:48

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

51:48

Foul by Dean Cox (Leyton Orient).

49:47

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Neill Collins.

47:01

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

47:01

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

45:29

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

45:29

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Leyton Orient 1.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Leyton Orient 1.

45:00 +1:02

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

45:00 +1:02

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

45:00 +0:28

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

43:59 Booking

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

43:53

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

43:53

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:40

Attempt missed. John Brayford (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

41:33

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

41:33

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

40:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 0, Leyton Orient 1. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

40:19

Attempt blocked. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:14

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

39:14

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:56

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

36:56

Foul by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

36:37

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

36:37

Foul by John Lundstram (Leyton Orient).

35:47

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

35:47

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:36

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

35:36

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:33

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

33:33

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

30:28

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

30:28

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:42

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

25:42

Foul by Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient).

23:42

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

23:42

Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:00

Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:59

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

21:49

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by John Lundstram.

21:07

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:07

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

17:20

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:20

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

16:30

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:56

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:56

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient).

14:51

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:09

Hand ball by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

9:09

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:52

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

5:45

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:45

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

3:30

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

3:30

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

1:45

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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