Colchester United 1 Sheffield United 1 - Draw leaves Wilson frustrated

Sheffield United visit Colchester
Sheffield United visit Colchester
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SHEFFIELD UNITED maintained their unbeaten start to the League One season with a draw against the U’s - but they could, and perhaps should, have been celebrating a three-point haul.

John Cofie gave the Blades a first half lead, only for Clinton Morrison to level after the break. Late on both Andy Bond and Tony McMahon struck the woodwork but the game finished 1-1.

Wilson said: “We let them (Colchester) stay in the game when we should have put them out of sight. We had so much of the game but took our foot off the gas.

“The lack of concentration is frustrating, it was a soft goal to concede.

“We created chances at will - we now need to turn the good play we’ve had in recent games into good results - the pleasing aspect of it all is that we are dominating games and getting on top of teams, but getting the three points at the final whistle is the be all and end all.

“Whether we win 1-0 or five, six, seven or eight is not important, but getting three points is the aim.

On Cofie’s eye-catching strike, he added: “It was a terrific goal from John (and we now that he has that in his locker. He still has a lot to learn, that is one of the reasons why he is with us, but hopefully he can keep getting better.”

After Cofie’s strike, the Blades spurned several opportunities to grab a killer second and the hosts made them pay with a 72nd-minute equaliser from ex-Sheffield Wednesday forward Morrison.

On the restart, Quinn and McMahon went close before the U’s managed to level with Marcus Bean winning the ball following a corner and Morrison reacting quickest to finish 18 minutes from time.

John Ward’s side went desperately close to a winner five minutes from time when Bond’s shot was deflected onto the crossbar by Matt Hill, while at the other end, the Blades were a whisker away from claiming victory just before the final whistle, with McMahon seeing his header tipped onto the bar by Mark Cousins following Quinn’s cross.

In the end, the visitors had to settle for a share of the spoils, their second 1-1 draw in succession at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester: Cousins, Rose, Okuonghae, Heath, O’Toole (Bond 47), Morrison, Sears (Massey 88), Bean, Henderson, Wilson, Wordsworth. Unused subs: Pentney, Duguid, Izzet, Eastman, White.

Sheffield United: Howard, Maguire, Hill, Doyle, Blackman, McDonald, Collins, McAllister, Cofie (Miller 64), Quinn, McMahon. Unused subs: Flynn, Harriott, Philliskirk, Ironside, Long, Williams.

Referee: G Sutton.

Attendance: 4,017.