SHEFFIELD United saw two points dropped after Johbn Cofie had fired them ahead at Colchester.
Quinn, seizing possession on the visitors’ left flank, whipped a dangerous cross into Cousin’s area soon after but Blackman’s pleas for a penalty following a tangle with Heath fell on deaf ears.
The Irishman, who Wilson fears will be prised away from Bramall Lane before the end of the transfer window, then set in motion the chain of events that saw McMahon nearly float an eighth minute shot beyond the Colchester goalkeeper following a set-piece interchange involving McDonald.
Danny Wilson, constantly barking instructions from the technical area, had turned away in frustration when neither Blackman nor Cofie came close to connecting with Doyle’s 13th minute cross.
Sixty seconds later, a simply beautiful pass from Maguire sent Quinn scampering through but when his shot was blocked, COFIE’S inexperience was exposed when the ball bounced off his heels.
However, the on-loan Manchester United youngster proved that, while he still has much to learn, there is magic in his boots by spiralling a wonderful 30 yard finish beyond Cousins with 17 minutes gone.
Colchester were far from a spent force though and, midway through the opening period, Wordsworth’s centre nearly picked out Henderson at the far post.
It provoked a furious response from Wilson who berated nearly his entire midfield for allowing their opponents to forge another opening soon after.
Cofie should have doubled United’s lead 10 minutes before the interval but, with the goal at his mercy, inexplicably diverted McDonald’s cross over the bar following an excellent dribble from the Scottish midfielder.
Half-time: Colchester 0 United 1
Wilson’s only complaint as the two teams emerged for the second-half was that United had not already put the contest to bed.
Miller entered the fray in the 63rd minute with Cofie making way. Seconds earlier, though, Colchester had served notice the match was still evenly poised but Sear’s wasteful pass allowed McDonald to intervene on the edge of the box. Morrison captured a rare glimpse of Howard’s goal in the 70th minute but, having found some space beside Maguire, dragged well wide.
But MORRISON prodded home from Wordsworth’s corner before running the full length of the pitch, hands cupped around ears, to confront the travelling support.
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