Murphy’s milestone strike delivers point

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Jamie Murphy struck a landmark goal – Sheffield United’s 7,000th in league matches – to rescue a draw and a point against third-placed visitors Leyton Orient.

Dean Cox had given Orient the lead with an excellent finish, exquisitely lifting the ball over a United defender before sliding a shot beyond Mark Howard from around six yards out.

The hosts ultimately earned a share of the honours after Murphy took advantage of a loose ball. He manoeuvred around Jamie Jones and knocked the ball home.

Nigel Clough’s team had opportunities to secure a comeback victory as the game drew to a close, Conor Coady and John Brayford the men who went close to netting a second Blades goal.

The outcome means Sheffield United remain in mid-table with their outside play-off hopes all but gone.

However, considering their early-season problems they have to be pleased with their current standing, especially with the FA Cup semi-final against Hull City to come next Sunday.

Sheffield United: Howard, Brayford, Maguire, Collins, Freeman (Harris 77), Flynn, Coady, Doyle, Murphy, McGinn (Scougall 58), Porter (Davies 62). Unused substitutes: Hill, Paynter, Long, Dimaio.

Leyton Orient: Jones, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Omozusi, Odubajo, Lundstram, James (Batt 83), Ness, Cox (Mooney 70), Lisbie. Unused substitutes: Sawyer, Larkins, Gorman, Dagnall, Simpson.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire).