Ten-man Sheffield United held out for a battling draw with Fulham in a pulsating FA Cup tie that saw the League One side threaten their second shock of this year's competition.

The Blades, who knocked out Aston Villa in the third round, deservedly led through Chris Porter's neat first-half finish, but saw the direction of the game change when their captain Michael Doyle was sent off soon after the interval.

Hugo Rodallega fired the Cottagers level but they could not force a winner despite a frantic finish that saw Philippe Senderos hit the bar.

"Fulham had a few decent chances, but Sheffield United thoroughly deserved a replay. The sending off changed the game, as Fulham started to believe.

"Sheffield United worked very hard, as it was tough conditions to play with 10 men. They defended strongly."

This was a tie that had everything, from contentious decisions to horrendous weather - and a perilous pitch that was only just passed as playable following torrential rain that hit Sheffield overnight and continued for much of the first half.

The weather was the least of Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen's concerns, however. With a crucial relegation battle to come against Swansea on Tuesday, he had made it clear where his priorities lay, making 11 changes from the side that lost to Arsenal last time out.

That meant rookie youngsters including Josh Pressley, Chris David and Muamer Tankovic replaced the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey, who were all absent from the Cottagers squad.

Fulham's unfamiliar faces made a bright enough start, playing a passing game despite the difficult conditions and putting pressure on the Blades back-line.

But clear-cut chances did not follow for the visitors and it was the Blades who went closest to breaking the deadlock early on, when Jose Baxter flashed a free-kick wide.

Nigel Clough's side are in the League One relegation zone but they grew in confidence as the game went on and their tactic of attacking with pace down both flanks paid off after half an hour when Harry Maguire sped down the right and his low cross was swept home by Chris Porter at the near post.

The goal was greeted by bright sunshine and also a Fulham response that saw their best attack of the first half.

Sheff Utd v Fulham

  • Sheffield United remain unbeaten in the FA Cup against Fulham (W4 D2).
  • Fulham have avoided defeat in just three of their last 10 matches on the road in all competitions.
  • None of the last 11 clashes between the Blades and Fulham in all competitions has ended in an away win (seven home wins and now four draws).
  • Chris Porter scored at Bramall Lane for the first time in five appearances in all competitions.
  • The visitors enjoyed 74.9% possession in the match. They average 46% possession in the Premier League so far this season.

Rodallega wanted a penalty after prodding the ball past George Long and going to ground via a leap over the Blades keeper. Replays showed Long had clipped the Colombia international but referee Andre Marriner waved play on and United survived.

The Cottagers came out with more attacking intent after the break, but the game only turned in their favour when Doyle was sent off for kicking out at David in an off-the-ball incident.

Even then, United's 10 men threatened to extend their lead, with Ryan Flynn raiding down the right on a swift break and seeing his low shot blocked by David Stockdale's legs.

The home side were also denied what appeared a clear penalty when Flynn was brought down by Aaron Hughes.

But Fulham were beginning to make their extra man count and the introduction of Darren Bent and Adel Taarabt from the bench gave them more class going forward too.

As the game entered the final quarter of an hour, their equaliser arrived, Rodallega making space for a shot on the edge of the area and beating Long with a fizzing drive into the bottom corner.

By now United were hanging on but Fulham could not find a way of finishing them off.

Senderos headed against the bar, then failed to fire home the rebound as the ball bobbled around the area, and Darren Bent was guilty of an appalling close-range miss before the offside flag spared his blushes.

Taarabt saw a fierce strike deflected over as Fulham continued to press but the Blades held out and their reward will be a money-spinning replay at Craven Cottage on 4 February.

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 04 Brayford
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire (Harris - 48' )
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle Dismissed
  • 09 Porter (Scougall - 45' )
  • 11 Baxter (McGinn - 85' )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 03 Harris
  • 12 Miller
  • 14 McGinn
  • 21 Scougall
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 36 De Girolamo

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 46 Passley Booked
  • 03 Riise (Plumain - 10' )
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 04 Senderos
  • 18 Hughes
  • 16 Duff
  • 30 David (Taarabt - 57' )
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 43 Tankovic
  • 08 Kasami Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 19 Taarabt
  • 34 Plumain (Taarabt - 67' )
  • 37 Christensen
  • 39 Bent
  • 49 Pritchard
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 16,324

Match Stats

Shots

9 25

On target

4 5

Corners

2 6

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Fulham 1.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:15

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Conor Coady.

90:00 +3:11

Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:07

Attempt saved. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Muamer Tankovic.

89:17

Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

88:40

Attempt missed. Muamer Tankovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

86:47

Offside, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

85:44

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

85:43

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Senderos.

85:42

Attempt missed. Philippe Senderos (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent.

84:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stephen McGinn replaces Jose Baxter.

82:37

Attempt blocked. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:27

Attempt missed. Philippe Senderos (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

82:25

Philippe Senderos (Fulham) hits the bar with a with an attempt from the centre of the box. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami with a cross following a corner.

81:54

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Long.

80:02 Booking

Booking Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:49

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

79:49

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:26

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.

78:17

Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:48

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

77:29

Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.

75:34 Booking

Booking Joshua Passley (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:25

Foul by Joshua Passley (Fulham).

75:25

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Fulham 1. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Muamer Tankovic.

71:41

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Muamer Tankovic.

70:06

Attempt missed. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Bent.

66:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Adel Taarabt replaces Ange-Freddy Plumain.

65:04

Attempt saved. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Hughes.

64:45

Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:43

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:43

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

62:03

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff.

60:44

Offside, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

60:25

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

57:51

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

57:50

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Joshua Passley.

56:55

Attempt missed. Ange-Freddy Plumain (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Darren Bent replaces Chris David.

55:40

Foul by Ange-Freddy Plumain (Fulham).

55:40

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:39

Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:08

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Brayford.

53:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:28

Delay in match Chris David (Fulham) because of an injury.

51:54 Dismissal

Dismissal Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the red card for fighting.

51:47

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:47

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

51:09

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:09

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

50:11

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Robert Harris.

48:31

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Coady.

47:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Harry Maguire because of an injury.

46:13

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Chris Porter because of an injury.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +2:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:20

Delay in match Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

45:00 +1:05

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Brayford.

44:06

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:06

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

36:36

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Porter.

34:16

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Porter with a headed pass.

30:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Fulham 0. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a cross.

27:12

Offside, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Ange-Freddy Plumain is caught offside.

24:46

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jose Baxter with a cross following a corner.

24:10

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by David Stockdale.

22:02

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

21:07

Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).

21:07

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:25

Foul by Ange-Freddy Plumain (Fulham).

20:25

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:30

Offside, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic tries a through ball, but Ange-Freddy Plumain is caught offside.

13:03

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:03

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

11:53

Attempt missed. Muamer Tankovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.

11:19

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

9:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ange-Freddy Plumain replaces John Arne Riise because of an injury.

7:28

Offside, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

7:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:09

Delay in match John Arne Riise (Fulham) because of an injury.

6:27

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

5:29

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis following a corner.

4:48

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Long.

2:22

Foul by Joshua Passley (Fulham).

2:22

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:34

Foul by Muamer Tankovic (Fulham).

1:34

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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