Sheffield United: Hotshot duo gun for Blades

Colchester ace: Freddie Sears with ex-United star Stephen Quinn

Colchester ace: Freddie Sears with ex-United star Stephen Quinn

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Sheffield United face a threat from Colchester United’s answer to Emile Heskey and Michael Owen at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

The U’s dynamic duo comprises Freddie Sears and Jabo Ibhere.

Sears pounced for his fourth goal in five games after a shot by his strike partner was saved by the keeper last Saturday.

It brought a 1-0 win against fellow-strugglers Preston - who yesterday parted company with manager Graham Westley - and a third win in four games for Colchester as they battle to stay up. They are fifth from bottom.

Sears says: “Jabo is brilliant. He works so hard for the team. He’s the sort of player that you love having around.

“It’s like the Emile Heskey and Michael Owen relationship (formerly at Liverpool). Jabo works really hard, and I try to get on the end of his knock-downs.

“Jabo had a shot, which came off the keeper, and I managed to knock it in. That’s four goals in five for me, so I’m delighted.”

Sears, aged 23, who made his name as a West Ham youngster, added: “I’m feeling good. I’m playing where I want to be playing and I’m getting more game time, which is the most important thing.

“I think it’s fair to say I’m playing as well at the moment as I have in my career.

“It’s probably the most consistent I’ve been and the best run I’ve had. I still think I have more to come, though.”

Colchester dropped a place to 20th in the League One table after Scunthorpe’s 3-1 home win over Carlisle on Tuesday.