Sharp pen fires Blades into quarter-finals
Billy Sharp again proved Sheffield United's matchwinner from the spot as the Blades beat 10-man Bristol City 1-0 to take them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.Sharp beat Max O'Leary from 12 yards with an excellent penalty into the bottom corner after 66 minutes, to give the Blades the narrow victory they deserved against a […]


Billy Sharp again proved Sheffield United's matchwinner from the spot as the Blades beat 10-man Bristol City 1-0 to take them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.Sharp beat Max O'Leary from 12 yards with an excellent penalty into the bottom corner after 66 minutes, to give the Blades the narrow victory they deserved against a dogged but limited Bristol City side. The Championship visitors' task was made harder with Alfie Mawson sent off for a handball on the line leading to that penalty, which was only spotted after a review by VAR official Martin Atkinson.United had the better chances in both halves, with Max Lowe striking the bar before the break and David McGoldrick pulling a fine stop out of O'Leary after it, while Nahki Wells selfishly wasted the Robins' best chance of note with Jamie Paterson waiting for a tap-in. But Sharp's typically fine finish ensured there was no upset as the Blades reached the sixth round.Robins' wings cut by hard-working BladesSheffield United controlled the play from the off but found Bristol City difficult to break down in the opening stages. Instead, it soon became clear set-pieces would be the Robins' plan of action, and from a Paterson free-kick Tomas Kalas' half-volley was well saved by Aaron Ramsdale. Moments later the hosts almost found their breakthrough, as Lowe received a lovely pass from opposite wing-back Jayden Bogle before striking the bar when he should have scored. Moments before the interval Taylor Moore flicked another Paterson delivery over the bar when well-placed, and moments after it Wells wasted the Robins' best chance of the match by firing at Ramsdale from a tight angle when squaring to Paterson would have left his team-mate a simple finish. Just after the hour, the game's defining moment swung the tie in the Blades' favour. What initially appeared a superb goal-line Mawson clearance from McGoldrick's effort was, after a VAR review, found to be a handball - and a penalty, and red card, were awarded, with Sharp making no mistake.From then the Robins were up against it, and offered little hope of a comeback against their Premier League hosts. Instead, McGoldrick twice went close as Sheffield United saw out victory easily to reach the last eight and record another welcome win in an increasingly resurgent 2021.What's next?Sheffield United have a five-day rest before their next game, a trip to the capital to face West Ham on Monday; kick-off at 6pm.Bristol City are back in action at Watford on Saturday afternoon; Kick-off at 3pm.FA Cup 2020/21 - key dates and drawThe FA Cup schedule has been confirmed, with the final set to take place at Wembley on Saturday, May 15.There will be no replays this season to help ease fixture congestion.The draw for the quarter-final will take place on Thursday evening, ahead of the final fifth-round tie of the week between Barnsley and Chelsea.Quarter-finals: Saturday, March 20Semi-finals: Saturday, April 17Final: Saturday, May 15
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