The FA Cup - Third Round
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Ipswich Town 0-1 Sheffield United

Nathan Thomas
Nathan Thomas scored in his first game since 16 September

Nathan Thomas' spectacular long-range effort gave Sheffield United an away FA Cup third-round victory against fellow Championship side Ipswich Town.

Thomas scored in the 25th minute with a powerful strike that went into the top corner, past Town's Bartosz Bialkowksi.

Chris Basham, Regan Slater and Caolan Lavery missed chances for the visitors.

Ipswich, who have not won an FA Cup tie since January 2010, did not record a shot on target, but did have a late attempt as Luke Chambers headed wide.

The hosts thought they should have had a first-half penalty, claiming the ball struck Lavery's arm - but referee Michael Jones was not interested.

Sheffield United's victory was only their second in 10 matches, while Ipswich's winless run has now extended to five games.

The draw for the fourth round takes place on Monday, 8 January, and will be live on BBC Two from 19:00 GMT.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I thought we played well until the goal. I'm not unhappy with the performance, I'm unhappy with the result.

"We had an appeal for a penalty, which could have been given, but I've no idea what a penalty is now having seen them all this week.

"But it did hit his hand and it could have been given and then he fits one round the top corner... that was the difference in the game."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"I think we had some good chances just after half-time to take the game away from the opposition so we were a bit frustrated that we didn't.

"Both teams made a few changes and fortunately our changes were just a touch better on the day than the opposition.

"It was a good goal... a cracking strike to win it. The consistency of the attitude by my team pleased me immensely and I have really enjoyed today."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2Iorfa
  • 4ChambersBooked at 24mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 30Kenlock
  • 16Connolly
  • 19HyamSubstituted forWaghornat 61'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 28Bru
  • 11Celina
  • 10McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 8Skuse
  • 9Waghorn
  • 14Garner
  • 24Crowe
  • 26Drinan
  • 38Webber
  • 42McLoughlin

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 16Carter-VickersBooked at 90mins
  • 19Stearman
  • 13WrightBooked at 81mins
  • 2Baldock
  • 44Carruthers
  • 8ThomasSubstituted forSlaterat 45'minutes
  • 6BashamBooked at 45mins
  • 24Lafferty
  • 10SharpSubstituted forFleckat 88'minutes
  • 22LaverySubstituted forDonaldsonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 3Stevens
  • 4Fleck
  • 5O'Connell
  • 11Donaldson
  • 34Slater
  • 37Norrington-Davies
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
12,057

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Sheffield United 1.

Attempt blocked. Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Fleck replaces Billy Sharp.

Myles Kenlock (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jake M Wright (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town).

Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town).

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

Myles Kenlock (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Caolan Lavery.

Delay in match Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. George Baldock (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Regan Slater (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay in match Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Martyn Waghorn replaces Luke Hyam.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake M Wright (Sheffield United).

Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United).

Foul by Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town).

Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town).

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