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Bramall Lane (ATT 16,809) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

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J Murphy (63)

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D Cox (41)

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Last Updated: 05/04/14 7:07pm

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Jamie Murphy: Got the equaliser

Jamie Murphy: Got the equaliser

Jamie Murphy scored Sheffield United's 7000th league goal as they dented Leyton Orient's automatic promotion hopes in a 1-1 draw.

The former Scotland under-21 international cancelled out Dean Cox's opener for the visitors as a match which had previously failed to capture the imagination burst into life.

Substitutes Stefan Scougall and Ben Davies both spurned chances to ensure United claimed maximum points but the contest finished all-square with Russell Slade's men losing ground in the race to overhaul second-placed Brentford.

Despite the high stakes - the Blades face Hull in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend while Orient are chasing automatic promotion - the action was decidedly low key until Cox's 41st-minute effort.

Moses Odubajo launched a series of promising forays down the right flank but failed to apply the finishing touches while, at the other end, Ryan Flynn deposited a header straight into the arms of goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

With both teams looking to be solid first and spectacular second, it was always going to take something special to spark the match into life.

Conor Coady, United's on-loan midfielder, nearly provided it with an excellent pass which seemed destined to release Chris Porter before Scott Cuthbert intervened.

Moments later, the former England under-20 international saw his appeals for a penalty waved away by referee Michael Jones after tangling with the Orient defender.

John Brayford forced Jones to make a flying save as the hosts began to wrestle control. But, just as it seemed Clough's men were about to take charge, Cox pounced from close-range after Omozusi had recycled the ball following John Lundstram's blocked shot.

Clough, clearly unimpressed by his team's showing before the break, will have been encouraged to see them start the second-half in much more positive fashion with Stephen McGinn seeing a long-range effort deflected behind and Brayford unleashing a vicious first-time shot which was blocked.

United got their reward in the 63rd minute when Davies sent Murphy scampering through and, after beating both Mathieu Baudry and Jones, the Scottish winger scored his club's 7000th league goal.

Flynn saw a looping shot tipped over the crossbar as the hosts moved through the gears while Brayford should have edged United ahead after meeting Davies' free-kick only to glance his header wide.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40