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sheffield United were on the way to three points from their trip to the Orient and then...

Deep int stoppage time LISBIE took advantage of some more slack United defending to equalise for the home side.

With six minutes remaining, United finally broke the deadlock and it seemed as though they had gained the victory. Quinn delivered a cross in to the Orient box and when Evans miscued, Orient failed to clear.

During the scramble which followed, Doyle and McDonald all tried to pounce before PORTER prodded home from point blank range.

But then came Orient’s late reply and it was not as if United had not been warned. As the first half progressed, so the quality of both teams’ performance deteriorated.

But United’s carelessness was illustrated best when, for the second time in succession, the ball was pumped straight out of play from a set-piece.

After the febrile atmosphere of last weekend’s Steel City derby and the verbal sparring that ensued, Sheffield United had returned to more mundane matters.

But while results against Leyton Orient do not resonate with quite the same clarity as those achieved against the old enemy from Hillsborough, Danny Wilson, the visiting manager, had been at pains to point out they are no less important during his team’s preparations for today’s League One fixture.

He will have been disappointed, therefore, to see Clarke spurn a golden opportunity to hand United a 43rd minute lead when he headed Quinn’s centre in to the turf and then over the bar.

The visitors enjoyed the greater share of possession before the break.

But their opponents had forged the better opportunities.

For a full story, plus match pix, see the Green’Un