Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Forward Ryan Flynn scored twice to put Sheffield United into the second round of the FA Cup after an ultimately comfortable replay win over Crewe.
Crewe's Callum Saunders should have scored only for Mark Howard to produce a fine save, and Flynn punished them soon after with a scrambled finish.
Brad Inman hit the post for the Alex before the break in a match in which they struggled to impose themselves.
Flynn sealed the victory with a quality strike after a Louis Reed through-ball.
Crewe can have few complaints having already had to rely on goalkeeper Ben Garratt to keep the deficit at just one goal, with the goalkeeper palming away Chris Basham's long-range effort and then tipping Stefan Scougall's header wide.
The Blades, who reached the semi-final before losing to Hull City at Wembley last season, will go on to face League Two side Plymouth Argyle in the next round.
- 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forBaxterat 69'minutes
- 10ScougallSubstituted forWhitemanat 88'minutes
- 9MurphySubstituted forDe Girolamoat 81'minutes
- 23De Girolamo
- 7TurtonBooked at 87mins
- 3GuthrieBooked at 83minsSubstituted forLeighat 83'minutes
- 8AtkinsonSubstituted forJonesat 71'minutes
- 11CooperSubstituted forWatersat 65'minutes
- Geoff Eltringham
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Attempt missed. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Benjamin Whiteman replaces Stefan Scougall.
Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).
Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).
Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Greg Leigh replaces Jon Guthrie.
Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).
Substitution, Sheffield United. Diego De Girolamo replaces Jamie Murphy.
Attempt saved. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Goal! Sheffield United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.
Attempt saved. Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Chris Atkinson.