Sunday 26 January 2014, 1:00pm at Bramall Lane, Sheffield
FA Cup
Sheffield United
1
Porter 31'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Rodallega 75'
Fulham and Sheffield United will go again in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 at Bramall Lane.

31' Goal

Chris Porter
Assist by Harry Maguire

52' Red Card

Michael Doyle Card was given for violent conduct

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Scougall
Off:Chris Porter

48' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Robert Harris
Off:Harry Maguire

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen McGinn
Off:Jose Baxter

75' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Muamer Tankovic

76' Yellow Card

Joshua Passley Card was given for a foul

81' Yellow Card

Pajtim Kasami Card was given for a foul

10' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ange-Freddy Plumain
Off:John Arne Riise

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Chris David

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adel Taarabt
Off:Ange-Freddy Plumain

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Fulham and Sheffield United will go again in the FA Cup after drawing 1-1 at Bramall Lane.

The Blades took the lead in the first half when Chris Porter clipped home after a good run from Harry Maguire, although the Whites felt they should have had a penalty shortly after when Hugo Rodallega was brought down in the box.

United skipper Michael Doyle was then sent off after half-time and Fulham made their man advantage count when Rodallega nestled a strike inside the post.

But despite controlling proceedings from then on, the Whites were unable to find the crucial second goal, although Philippe Senderos went close when his header came back off the crossbar.

Following heavy rain, there were concerns that the game would be postponed but, after three pitch inspections, referee Andre Marriner confirmed that he was happy to continue with the fixture an hour before kick-off.

The teams were then announced, with René Meulensteen naming an entirely different side to the one that was beaten 2-0 at Arsenal last weekend, with a debut for Josh Passley at right-back, while Muamer Tanković was handed a first start as he lined up in the hole behind lone striker Rodallega.

Lovely link-up play between two of Fulham’s youngsters created an opening in the fifth minute as Chris David and Tanković played a cute one-two. However, George Long did well to smother David’s poked cross at the end of it. The subsequent corner then culminated in Rodallega planting a header a yard wide.

Fulham were dealt a blow 10 minutes in when John Arne Riise was forced to withdraw from the game, with Ange-Freddy Plumain replacing him. Damien Duff switched to left-back as part of the reshuffle.

Tanković was not lacking in confidence and two minutes later he drilled a shot from distance wide having collected Giorgos Karagounis’ clipped ball on his chest.

A lingering leg from Aaron Hughes in the 22nd minute felled a Blades man 25 yards from goal and although Jose Baxter’s set-piece was well-struck, David Stockdale always seemed confident that it was heading off target.

But with little over half an hour played, United did take the lead. Maguire galloped forwards unchallenged and sent in a low cross-shot that Porter flicked beyond Stockdale. Fulham had enjoyed 70 per cent possession up until that point, and Meulensteen will no doubt be frustrated that centre-back Maguire was allowed to carry the ball for so long.

Rodallega then saw a penalty shout fall on deaf ears as he almost capitalised on the treacherous conditions. Pajtim Kasami’s through pass looked as though it would run away from the striker but it got stuck in the mud and he was able to knock it beyond Long before being wiped out. Marriner, though, wasn’t interested in his protests.

Fulham came out of the blocks after the interval with purpose and went close to an equaliser as Kasami bent an effort just wide with Long beaten a minute after the restart. United weren’t content to settle for their solitary goal, though, with Baxter showing neat footwork on the edge of the area shortly after before shooting too close to Stockdale.

But the home side’s task was made all the trickier in the 52nd minute when a moment of madness from Doyle saw him sent off after the Blades captain lashed out at David off the ball. However, they almost doubled their lead soon after when Ryan Flynn broke down the right before drawing a good save from Stockdale as he struck from a tight angle.

Darren Bent then entered the fray in the 56th minute, with David the man replaced. Plumain was getting involved regularly down the left flank and curled an effort wide having cut inside in the 57th minute. The young winger was putting in a real shift considering he was competing with not only the United defenders, but a bogged-down pitch too, as he tried to showcase his dribbling skills.

The teams were taking it in turns to attack and Baxter sent a strike wide moments after Kasami had seen another penalty claim turned down, with the Switzerland international then screwing a left-footed attempt wide of the near post in the 62nd minute.

A minute later Karagounis skipped beyond two Blades defenders on the edge of the area before eventually being scythed down. The veteran midfielder rifled in the free-kick himself but hit it straight into the wall. He went closer not long after, though, with Long needing two attempts to claim his speculative drive from 30 yards.

Meulensteen then made his final change of the afternoon, as Plumain made way for Adel Taarabt.

It was then United’s turn to be denied a penalty when Flynn took a tumble, before Fulham went up the other end as Kasami volleyed Tanković’s knock-down header well off target.

Fulham were beginning to really put the Blades under pressure and it paid off in the 75th minute. Tanković and Taarabt combined well before the Swedish youngster fed Rodallega who hit back across goal and into the corner – a very neat and composed finish from the Colombian.

The Whites were desperate to avoid a Replay and were committing men forward at every opportunity, with a deflected cross from Duff drawing a good save from Long in the 81st minute, before Senderos hit the crossbar with a header from the resulting corner.

Bent was presented with his first sight of goal with four minutes remaining after Kasami’s header across the face fell into his path, but there was too much pace on the ball and he was unable to control his effort which sailed wide from close range.

Rodallega was presented with a gilt-edged chance in the final minute of normal time as he spun just inside the area, but he took his eye off the ball and was guilty of a complete air swing.

Taarabt twice tried his luck in stoppage time – the second an excellent effort that deflected marginally wide – but United held firm to earn a Replay at Craven Cottage.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Cup with Budweiser

Date: Sunday 26 January 2014
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 16,324

Referee: Andre Marriner

Sheffield United

Line-up: Long; Brayford, Maguire (Harris 48'), Collins, Hill; Flynn, Coady, Doyle, Murphy; Baxter (McGinn 85'); Porter (Scougall 45')

Unused substitutes: Howard, Kennedy, Miller, De Girolamo

Manager: Nigel Clough

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Passley, Senderos, Hughes, John Arne Riise (Plumain 10' (Taarabt 67')); Duff, Karagounis, David (Bent 57'), Kasami; Tankovic; Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Kacaniklic, Christensen, Pritchard

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

Goals
1
1
Total Shots
9
25
Shots On Target
4
5
Passing Accuracy
69%
88%
Fouls
6
7
Corners
2
6
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
1
0
Sheffield United (4-4-1-1)
  • 25George Long
  • 4John Brayford
  • 5Harry Maguire
  • 15Neill Collins
  • 6Matthew Hill
  • 7Ryan Flynn
  • 17Conor Coady
  • 8Michael Doyle
  • 23Jamie Murphy
  • 11Jose Baxter
  • 9Chris Porter
Substitutes
  • 1Mark Howard
  • 3Robert Harris
  • 32Terry Kennedy
  • 14Stephen McGinn
  • 21Stefan Scougall
  • 12Shaun Miller
  • 36Diego De Girolamo
Manager
  • Nigel Clough
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 46Joshua Passley
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 30Chris David
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 34Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 37Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 49Josh Pritchard
  • 39Darren Bent
Head Coach
  • Rene Meulensteen
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • 90+4 Full Time at Bramall Lane. Brave effort from the hosts as Rodallega's strike takes this game to a Fourth Round Replay.
  • 90+4 Exciting finish as Sheffield United break in the final seconds but David Stockdale catches the deep cross.
  • 90+3 Taarabt's curled shot on the edge of the area just misses the goal and goes for a corner.
  • 90+2 Taarabt plays a cheeky one-two with Tankovic but his shot doesn't test Long.
  • 90+1 Kasami's cross into the box bounces and goes out for a goal kick.
  • 89 Some patient play from Fulham, but Tankovic blazes over.
  • 86 Great chance for Fulham, but Bent shoots wide with the goal in sight. Kasami went close just before as the Whites push forward.
  • 84 Last substitution of the game as Jose Baxter is replaced by Stephen McGinn.
  • 82 Senderos heads onto the crossbar.
  • 81 Low ball into the box from Damien Duff goes out for a corner.
  • 80 Late challenge from Kasami earns him a yellow card.
  • 77 Kasami curls the ball towards the goal and it's held well by the Sheffield United keeper.
  • 76 Joshua Passley gets booked for a challenge on Murphy.
  • 74 Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham - Hugo Rodallega strikes low into the left side of the goal. Muamer Tankovic with a clever assist.
  • 72 Great delivery from Duff, Tankovic flicks on but Kasami lashes over at the back post. Good chance.
  • 70 Flynn glides past Karagounis and Duff and goes down after an Aaron Hughes tackle inside the penalty area - the referee waves play on.
  • 66 Ange-Freddy Plumain makes way for Adel Taarabt as Fulham make their final substitution.
  • 65 Karagounis fires in a strike from distance, Long holds with relative ease.
  • 64 Giorgos Karagounis's effort goes straight into the wall and is cleared.
  • 64 Karagounis tripped on the edge of the box - chance for Fulham to test George Long in the Sheffield United goal.
  • 60 Baxter 25 yards out from goal puts the ball wide.
  • 59 Long kick from Long collected by Stockdale.
  • 57 Attacking change for Fulham as Darren Bent replaces Chris David.
  • 54 Flynn with a mazy run into the Fulham area his shot is saved by Stockdale's right foot.
  • 52 Michael Doyle is shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Chris David.
  • 50 Good run from Tankovic leads to the first corner of the second half.
  • 47 Sheffield United replace the injured Harry Maguire with Robert Harris.
  • 46 Kasami with a driving run and his rasping shot just goes wide.
  • 45 Fulham get the second half started.
  • Sheffield United make their first change with Stefan Scougall replacing Chris Porter.
  • 45+3 Half-time at Bramall Lane where Porter's goal is the difference. But the Whites' play has certainly been encouraging.
  • 45+2 Corner comes in for the last chance of the half - the ball is headed wide.
  • 45+1 Tankovic whips in a superb cross from the right, but United clear with Rodallega ready to pounce.
  • 44 Kasami is fouled midway into the Sheffield United half, the free kick is floated in but goes straight out for a goal-kick.
  • 36 Baxter creates a bit of space on the edge of the Fulham box, Hughes does well with the block.
  • 31 Sheffield United 1-0 Fulham - Chris Porter pokes Harry Maguire's drive past Stockdale to open the scoring.
  • 27 Great play on the left wing from Tankovic, Duff and Plumain with a deep cross evading Rodallega.
  • 24 The muddy conditions causing Stockdale trouble as he slides out of play after collecting a cross and conceding a corner.
  • 22 Jose Baxter fails to test Stockdale with his free-kick.
  • 21 Risky challenge from Hughes give away dangerous free-kick 25 yards out.
  • 18 Kasami with a strong run but his through-ball is intercepted.
  • 16 Senderos caught in possession as the ball ricochets back into Stockdale's hands.
  • 15 Flag goes up as Plumain gets put through by Tankovic.
  • 12 Great skill from Muamer Tankovic as he takes the ball down, turns and attempts a long range shot which goes wide.
  • 10 Fulham are forced into an early change with Plumain replacing the injured Riise. Duff moves to left-back.
  • 6 Rodallega gets a head to a Karagounis cross, the Colombian's effort falls a yard wide.
  • 5 Fulham passing the ball around nicely and Chris David gets his shot blocked to earn a corner.
  • 3 Jamie Murphy gets past Passley as the youngster concedes the first free-kick in dangerous area.
  • Sheffield United kick-off to get this fourth round match under way.
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