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Sheffield United vs Preston North End Match Preview

26 January 2018

The Lilywhites make a fourth round Emirates FA Cup trip to Bramall Lane for the second time in four years this weekend.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Sheffield United

25 January 2018

The last time the two sides met in the Steel City, North End came out on top, coming from behind to win a replay 3-1, with goals from Paul Huntington and a brace from Paul Gallagher, including a penalty, setting up a fifth round tie with Manchester United at Deepdale.

This time around it is not a replay and the task will be a tough one, with Chris Wilder’s side having an excellent home record so far this season, still sitting in a positive place in the league, looking to push on.

It is only just over a month since the side’s met in the league in PR1, with Alex Neil’s men coming out on top that afternoon, but it was a tight affair and the same can be expected in Sheffield this time around.

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Sheffield United 1 Preston North End 0

27 January 2018

A controversial late penalty for Sheffield United earned them a place in the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup at Bramall Lane.

Blades skipper Billy Sharp was harshly adjudged to have been fouled by opposition captain Tom Clarke ten minutes from time, before himself getting up to fire past Declan Rudd for the only goal of the game.

In reality it was game that seemed destined for a goalless draw and a replay, with neither side forcing their opponent’s goalkeeper into too many saves until the decision made by match official Graham Scott.

The two teams had made a combined 15 changes from their previous respective league games and for the Lilywhites that meant a return from injury of Darnell Fisher and a first start for Louis Moult.

And it was right back Fisher who created the first and perhaps best chance of the first half, making a driving run five minutes in right at the heart of the United defence, before finding Alan Browne 25 yards from goal. The No.8 moved the ball to create space and drove an effort goalwards, but dragged it wide of the left hand post.

The home side failed to create anything in the first half, but began the second brightly. A Mark Duffy cross from the right hand side found striker Clayton Donaldson, who fired hard and low, but his shot flashed just past the right hand post.

Another chance came for Chris Wilder’s side just six minutes later as again Duffy put over a cross from the right. Daniel Lafferty had a shot on the run from 15 yards out, which forced a brilliant save from Declan Rudd to tip over the bar.

Twelve minutes from time Daniel Johnson collected the ball 30 yards out, cut inside on the right hand edge of the box and drilled a left foot shot past Simon Moore in the Blades goal, but it also flew just past the outside of the left hand post.

But with 11 minutes left on the clock the defining moment came. Sharp received the ball in the box and was moving away from goal. Clarke stretched out a leg, where photos and video clearly showed he got a foot on the ball, but referee Scott, who was behind the incident pointed to the spot, much to the displeasure of North End’s skipper, and perhaps surprisingly given the assistant on the side of the tackle gave a corner.

Sharp got up and fired right footed hard and low into the bottom right hand corner of the net, giving Rudd no chance.

With Jordan Hugill and Tom Barkhuizen in the action, adding to the attacking options of Alex Neil’s side the visitors pushed for an equaliser. With three minutes to go Browne saw a shot from 25 yards tipped around the post by Moore.

And then in the last minute of normal time Moore was again called into the action, saving from Hugill, who had volleyed Barkhuizen’s acrobatic overhead kick cross to the penalty spot, towards the goal, put too close to the Sheffield United goalkeeper.

Sheffield United line-up: Moore, Baldock, Fleck, Lundstram, Sharp (c) (Stevens, 90), Donaldson (Evans, 59), Wright, Stearman, Duffy, Henegan (Basham, 59), Lafferty. Subs not used: O’Connell, Wilson, Eastwood, Carruthers.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher (Woods, 69), Earl, Welsh (Hugill, 69), Clarke (c), Huntington, Bodin, Johnson, Moult, Browne, Horgan (Barkhuizen, 59). Subs not used: Maxwell, Gallagher, Spurr, Robinson.

Attendance: 15,680 (2,659 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr G Scott

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Sheffield United

25 January 2018

After selling the initial allocation of over 2,393 tickets in the lower tier of the Redbrik Stand at Bramall Lane, the Lilywhites have now been allocated seats in the upper tier.

First Team News

Stat Attack: Sheffield United

25 January 2018

An addition 500 tickets in the upper tier have been sent to Deepdale and remain on sale until 4pm on Friday 26th January, or 1pm that same day if purchasing online at MyPNE.Com.

The Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie has piqued the interest of supporters, with excellent pricing confirmed by the Blades, adult season ticket holders being able to take advantage of ticket and travel for just £20!

Tickets are priced as follow: Season ticket holders* - adults £10, concessions** £5, U18s £2. General ticket prices - adults £15, concessions** £10, U18s £5.

* The season ticket holder discount only applies to advance purchases and the discount applies to one ticket per season ticket holder

** Concession prices apply to seniors aged 60 and over, young adults aged 18 to 21, and students with a valid NUS card.   There are ten pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets located at pitch level in the Westfield Health lower corner. Wheelchair disabled supporters tickets are priced at £10 with a carer ticket free of charge.

There are also ten pairs of ambulant disabled and carer tickets for those who require disabled access, with more available from the main allocation. Ambulant disabled supporter tickets are priced as per the age bands above with a carer ticket free of charge if required.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Sheffield United

25 January 2018

Please be aware that all U14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Coach travel is also available at a reduced rate of £10 per person and will depart Deepdale and Leyland at 11.45am – there are already 23 coaches booked, with 17 from Deepdale and six from Leyland at this time!

Coaches will be leaving at 11.45am prompt, and supporters should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time, leaving plenty of time to park and find their coach with a higher number of coaches than usual. The coaches will not wait for anybody who is not there at 11.45am. 

Supporters are able to park free of charge on all club car parks apart from The Invincibles car park which will not be open. 

Sheffield United have also now confirmed, that due to the upper tier being made available to Lilywhites supporters, they will sell tickets for this area on the day, despite earlier stating there would be no sales on the day.

However, tickets purchased for the lower tier cannot be exchanged for tickets in the upper tier.

A limited amount of tickets are available to purchase on the day of the game, with cash only from the Away Ticket Office, which is adjacent to the away turnstiles on Bramall Lane (collections from here also) from 1.30pm.

Season ticket and members discounts will not be available and ticket prices will be adults £15, concessions (as above) £10 and juniors £5.

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