SHEFFIELD UNITED: Wilson withdraws John Cofie half hour into match

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SHEFFIELD United’s John Cofie was withdrawn as a precautionary measure during the first-half of yesterday’s 2-0 win at Morecambe.

The on-loan striker lasted less than half-an-hour of this keenly contested friendly at the Globe Arena before making way for youngster Callum McFadzean.

With United returning to competitive action next weekend when Burton Albion visit Bramall Lane in the first round of the Capital One Cup, manager Danny Wilson opted not to exacerbate the hip problem Cofie sustained during a challenge with an opposition player.

The visitors are confident that Cofie, who had earlier seen a long-range effort batted away by former Chesterfield goalkeeper Barry Roche, will be declared fit to face the League Two side.

Tony McMahon’s 25 yard finish - which looped beyond Roche and into the top corner of Morecambe’s net - separated the two sides at the interval.

Chris Porter, who went close moments before the break, forced a save from Roche’s replacement Andreas Arestidou immediately after the re-start while Kevin Ellison dragged wide for the hosts.

The lively Jordan Burrow wasted a glorious opportunity to claw Morecambe level on the hour when he headed straight at Mark Howard and Ellison, previously of Rotherham, appeared to take out his frustration on McMahon after failing to beat Howard once again.

Ellison’s touchline challenge - and the choice words which accompanied it - brought laughter from the stands but a ticking off from the referee.

Michael Doyle unleashed a vicious attempt which had Arestidou scampering across his line and substitutes Danny Philliskirk and Joe Ironside combined to prise open Morecambe’s back four.

Neither, though, could touch the ball home on that occasion but Ironside made no mistake with two minutes remaining to make certain of victory.