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5 January 2018

A look at Saturday’s clash as Town face Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup


FA Cup form
Town are without a win in the FA Cup for eight years, and exited to Lincoln City after a third-round replay in last year’s competition. Having been in League One last season, Sheffield United entered the tournament in the first round and cruised to victory with a 6-0 demolition of Leyton Orient. The Blades exited the following round following a 3-2 defeat away to Bolton.

Previous FA Cup meetings
25.01.03 Sheff Utd 4-3 Town
03.02.98 Sheff Utd 1-0 Town
24.01.98 Town 1-1 Sheff Utd
05.01.74 Town 3-2 Sheff Utd

The last time we met: 14.10.17 - Championship – Sheff Utd 1-0 Town
Chris Basham headed United to victory when the sides last met in October. The English midfielder rose above Town’s Myles Kenlock and nodded in four minutes after half-time, with the one goal proving enough for all three points at Bramall Lane. Martyn Waghorn threatened an immediate equaliser for Mick McCarthy’s side but his curling effort cannoned off the crossbar.

One to watch: Billy Sharp
With Blades expected to make a number of changes to the side that drew against Derby last time out, Billy Sharp may be someone who comes in for Chris Wilder’s side this weekend. The veteran striker is United’s second top scorer with eight goals and has also contributed three assists this campaign.

Could be the difference: Aaron Drinan
New Blue Aaron Drinan is expected to be involved on Saturday, and will no doubt be looking to make an immediate impact in front of the Portman Road faithful.  

Match officials
Referee: Michael Jones
Assistants: Robert Hyde and Ian Cooper
Fourth official: David Rock





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Match Reports


6 January 2018

Town's Cup woes continue as Thomas stunner sees Blades through

Town’s disappointing run in the FA Cup continued as Nathan Thomas’ brilliant goal took the Blades into the fourth round.

The midfielder smashed a 25 yarder into the roof of the net midway through the first-half in a game of few chances.

Callum  Connolly went closest for Blues with a header over the bar but Town couldn’t find a way to goal, failing to progress past the third round for the eighth successive season.

Luke Hyam was handed his first start of the season after recovering from a knee injury in a number of changes for Blues from the team that went down at Fulham in midweek, while Aaron Drinan was on the bench after his move from Waterford was completed following the opening of the transfer window.

Town started on the front foot, with Connolly threatening an opener, then Blues having a handball claim after Luke Chambers had headed goalwards from a corner.

Dominic Iorfa’s surging run down the right ended with a cross from the Wolves loanee that was cleared at full stretch by Chris Basham, while at the other end Thomas fired wide in Sheffield’s first foray into the Town box.

Jonas Knudsen did well to stop former Blue, Caolan Lavery, getting in down the Blades’ right, Freddie Sears zipping in a terrific cross that was cleared as David McGoldrick looked to convert.

Hyam volleyed over from the edge of the box but from even further out, Thomas broke the deadlock on 25 minutes with a superb left foot strike into the top corner.

Bart Bialkowski saved from Lavery as Sheffield looked for a second, Basham far closer with an effort that whistled past the far post.

Iorfa, who was providing an outlet down the right, saw another cross cleared by George Baldock, then Myles Kenlock almost got in on the other flank as Town searched unsuccessfully for an equaliser before the break.

Goalscorer Thomas was replaced at the break by Regan Slater, Blades having an early chance to add a second with Billy Sharp getting clear and with Bialkowski out of his goal, Daniel Lafferty fired over from the cross.

Sharp and then Lavery both had opportunities to find the net as the Blades started the second-half the better, Lavery trying to weave his way to goal but losing control of the ball at the vital last stage.

Chambers cleared from Lavery after clever play from Baldock, Hyam getting through an hour before making way for Martyn Waghorn.  

The substitute was immediately in the action, linking up with McGoldrick to release Bersant Celina, his cross held by Jamal Blackman with Sears ready to pounce.

Connolly headed over but it needed an excellent save from Bialkowski to prevent Samir Carruthers making it two for the visitors after Sharp’s terrific pass.

The Town ‘keeper saved again from Baldock, with Sheffield making a second change with Lavery replaced by Clayton Donaldson for the closing stages.

Slater fired over for Blades, Bialkowski  appeared in the Sheffield box in the last minute for a free-kick but to no avail as Town’s FA Cup stay for another year ended at the first hurdle again.    
Town: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock, Connolly, Hyam (Waghorn 60), Bru, Celina, Sears, McGoldrick. Subs not used: Crowe, Garner, Drinan, Webber, McLoughlin, Skuse. Booked: Chambers.

Sheff Utd: Blackman, Baldock, Basham, Thomas (Slater 46), Sharp (Fleck 87), Wright, Carter-Vickers, Stearman, Lavery (Donaldson 72), Lafferty, Carruthers. Subs not used: Moore, Stevens, O’Connell, Norrington-Davies. Booked: Basham, Wright, Carter-Vickers.

Att: 12,057

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