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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 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40