The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United: Besic & Norwood see Blades through

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FA Cup: Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United highlights

Fantastic strikes from Muhamed Besic and Oliver Norwood earned Sheffield United a place in the FA Cup fifth-round at the expense of Championship Millwall.

In a drab game Besic's outstanding strike, which came as Chris Wilder was preparing to substitute the Bosnian, was the first moment of real quality in the game.

Norwood secured the Blades' progress when he drilled a Billy Sharp lay-off into the bottom left-hand corner from 22 yards.

In a tight first-half, Sharp came the closest to breaking the deadlock when he rounded Bartosz Bialkowski but saw his effort from a tight angle cleared off the line by James Brown.

Millwall's only clear-cut chance came when Aiden O'Brien broke the offside trap but his tame effort was easily kept out by Dean Henderson.

The fifth-round draw is live on BBC One during The One Show on Monday 27 January, at around 19:20 GMT.

Top-flight quality sees Blades through

Having made 11 changes for the third round against AFC Fylde, Chris Wilder made just five from their 1-0 defeat against Premier League champions Manchester City on Tuesday night.

With Premier League survival looking almost certain, a cup run would further enhance a fantastic season for the club.

For large parts of the game, it looked like they would be forced into a replay but moments of quality from two of the players Wilder calls upon regularly in the Premier League helped them to progress.

Besic, who has featured in eight of the Blades' last nine games, was initially crowded out on receiving a pass from Sharp, but a clever decoy run allowed the Everton-loanee to cut inside and generate the space needed to curl into the bottom right-hand corner.

United wrapped up their place in Monday's draw with another long-distance strike when Norwood, an ever present in the Premier League this season, picked out the bottom corner.

Man of the match - Muhamed Besic (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United's Muhamed Besic celebrates with Phil Jagielka
Besic's moment of quality lit up a dull game

'Two moments of quality have done for us' - what the managers said

Millwall manager Gary Rowett, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I'm a little bit disappointed overall. I didn't think there were massive amounts in the game. I think they were just a little bit more forceful. We knew their mentality would be brilliant but I thought the game was pretty even.

"The more we chased the game the more open we became. We just couldn't find that little bit of quality, we just huffed and puffed a bit and couldn't find that quality.

"We had one or two players come into the team today that maybe didn't do enough to keep their place. But hats off to Sheffield United, two moments of quality have done for us."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "It was always going to be a difficult game. There have been some victims over the last few years coming here and getting turned over. I thought our attitude was excellent.

"I didn't think it was a great game. We were pragmatic in our approach - we needed to show plenty of things to get the result today."

On his side's chances of an extended Cup run: "If we could get a home draw, with it being a midweek game with all the travel associated, we'd take that. But to go far in this competition there are hurdles you have to overcome.

"Momentum is key. We want to win games of football. Our changes show you what our boys are like. There are some good players not getting game time at the moment. Every game is an opportunity to grasp and some players grasped that opportunity today."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 3Wallace
  • 5Cooper
  • 15Pearce
  • 17Brown
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forBradshawat 71'minutes
  • 16Molumby
  • 42Mitchell
  • 21MahoneySubstituted forWallaceat 73'minutes
  • 22O'Brien
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBödvarssonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7Wallace
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12Romeo
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak
  • 31Sandford

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 5O'Connell
  • 15Jagielka
  • 6Basham
  • 23Osborn
  • 8FreemanSubstituted forRobinsonat 80'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 27Besic
  • 18FreemanBooked at 69mins
  • 11RobinsonSubstituted forClarkeat 67'minutes
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 9McBurnie
  • 12Egan
  • 14Morrison
  • 19Robinson
  • 21Verrips
  • 24Clarke
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
12,653

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Sheffield United 2.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Sheffield United 2. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jack Robinson replaces Luke Freeman.

Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Foul by James Brown (Millwall).

Luke Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jed Wallace replaces Connor Mahoney.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Matt Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Bradshaw replaces Shane Ferguson.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

Alex Pearce (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Leon Clarke replaces Callum Robinson.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Sheffield United 1. Muhamed Besic (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Millwall 0, Sheffield United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Millwall 0, Sheffield United 0.

Hand ball by Muhamed Besic (Sheffield United).

Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

Ben Osborn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Brown (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

James Brown (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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