Sheffield United put their mid-week loss to Huddersfield behind them with a 3-0 defeat of Colchester on Saturday.
United’s inability to convert chances frustrated fans on Tuesday night but this week would also bring them some joy as youngster Harry Maguire was deservedly awarded player of the month.
This game was to be a different story.
Ched Evans netted his second goal in as many games after being handed the opportunity by Chris Porter inside the first three minutes.
With barely a quarter of an hour played, Wilson could relax as he watched Porter feature in the attack again, producing a finish of the highest quality to chip the goalkeeper.
The Blades continued to apply pressure to the Colchester goal as Evans was denied a second goal after his glancing header rattled the upright.
Chances for the away side were few and far between in the first half and neither Bond nor Wordsworth were able to put the ball past Steve Simonsen.
For the much scrutinised Simonsen it was the ideal half as Colchester’s attack was equally as reserved as their travelling supporters.
It was clear to hear and see that the fans wanted more goals from the game that wasn’t really even a competition.
The second half was to be as frustrating as it was enjoyable.
Ched Evans embodied United’s confidence as he moved into the box after the break but he failed to find the target as his shot swerved wide of the goal.
It was to be a recurring theme for the Blades in the conclusion of the game as Lowton and Doyle struggled to bury simple opportunities.
With just under 20 minutes left in the game, the volume inside the Lane turned up a level as Stephen Quinn latched onto Evans’ pass which was begging to be hit.
The Irishman finished beautifully.
The withdrawal of scorer Ched Evans two minutes after he had turned provider was met with a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd.
He was replaced by Sheffield United’s top scorer Richard Cresswell.
The final moments of the game mainly consisted of missed chances as Wilson’s players queued up to take shots in front of the Kop.
The home supporters cheered as the first half’s spectator Steve Simonsen held on to several harmless Colchester efforts from outside the box.
The Bramall Lane crowd were soon on their feet again as Stephen Quinn made way for new signing Ryan Flynn.
Flynn’s entrance brought further fluency to the game but didn’t produce a fourth goal for the Blades.
United can hardly be flattered by the scoreline but they can certainly be satisfied with another vital three points – Wilson’s team recovering from Tuesday night’s disappointment.
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