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Crawley Town 0-2 Sheffield United

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:

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Post-match: Crawley manager Gregory

"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."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 3Sadler
  • 7B Clarke
  • 10Drury
  • 4Connolly
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 79mins
  • 8TorresSubstituted forProctorat 66'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 21Jones
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forFallonat 80'minutes
  • 15Bulman

Substitutes

  • 9Fallon
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
  • 29Connolly

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 28FreemanBooked at 52mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 5MaguireBooked at 90mins
  • 15Collins
  • 14McGinn
  • 17Coady
  • 9PorterSubstituted forPaynterat 81'minutes
  • 23MurphySubstituted forKhanat 90+5'minutes
  • 22DaviesSubstituted forDimaioat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Flynn
  • 11Baxter
  • 18Paynter
  • 21Scougall
  • 25Long
  • 29Khan
  • 42Dimaio
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,622

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Otis Khan replaces Jamie Murphy.

Booking

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).
(Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Connor Dimaio replaces Ben Davies.
Attempt saved. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).
Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Chris Porter.
Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Rory Fallon replaces Matt Tubbs.
Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.
Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Sergio Torres.

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.
Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).
Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).

Booking

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).
Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).
Hand ball by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Sheffield United 1.
Foul by Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town).
John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).
Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).
Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.
Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).
Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).
Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).
Matt Tubbs (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3825854683
2Brentford3724762779
3Leyton Orient39221073676
4Rotherham38201262772
5Preston39191551772
6Peterborough3818416758
7MK Dons3916716355
8Swindon3915915454
9Walsall39131412353
10Sheff Utd3714914-151
11Port Vale3815518-1350
12Gillingham3914619-1248
13Bristol City39101613046
14Crawley35111311-546
15Bradford38101513145
16Colchester38101315-743
17Oldham39111018-1243
18Coventry37141013-142
19Crewe39101019-2740
20Tranmere3810919-2239
21Carlisle3810919-2239
22Shrewsbury3981417-1338
23Notts County3911424-1737
24Stevenage3710720-1937
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