FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Preston North End 1-1 Sheffield United

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FA Cup: Preston North End 1-1 Sheffield United highlights

Diego De Girolamo scored his first goal for Sheffield United as last season's FA Cup semi-finalists earned a fourth-round replay with Preston.

Italy under-20 international De Girolamo fired home left-footed from eight yards on 68 minutes after a neat cutback from substitute Jamie Murphy.

North End had earlier taken the lead through Paul Gallagher, when he fired home a brilliant 30-yard free-kick.

Gallagher had scored twice to help defeat Norwich in the last round.

After going ahead on 19 minutes, Preston had a great chance to double their advantage.

Kyel Reid's cross from the left picked out Neil Kilkenny, but from six yards out he opted to knock the ball across goal rather than shoot.

United, who face Tottenham in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday, almost levelled after 53 minutes but De Girolamo saw his effort cleared off the line by Calum Woods.

But Nigel Clough's side earned a replay when the striker netted shortly afterwards.

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"It was a typical cup tie, end-to-end with both teams trying to win it. It does mean another game but both teams will be happy to be in the hat for the next round on Monday.

"Winning matches breeds confidence. I think if you ask players, they will not mind playing Saturday-Tuesday."

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Clough on Preston v Sheffield United

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough:

"It is about building momentum. We believe success in all competitions goes hand-in-hand. We don't like losing, we fight and scrap and we deserved our goal today.

"It is another midweek we have filled with the replay in the League Cup, we came here today, we did not want to get knocked out."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 21Stuckmann
  • 15Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 16Buchanan
  • 19WelshSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forKingat 62'minutes
  • 7Humphrey
  • 12GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 17ReidSubstituted forBrowneat 85'minutes
  • 40Ebanks-Blake

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 4Wiseman
  • 9Davies
  • 22King
  • 30Brownhill
  • 31Browne
  • 35Hudson

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 2Alcock
  • 17McGahey
  • 27KennedyBooked at 67mins
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forHarrisat 82'minutes
  • 28DimaioSubstituted forMurphyat 56'minutes
  • 6Basham
  • 23De GirolamoSubstituted forMcNultyat 78'minutes
  • 22ReedBooked at 89mins
  • 11BaxterBooked at 81mins
  • 21Higdon

Substitutes

  • 3Harris
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Murphy
  • 10Scougall
  • 12McNulty
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 25Long
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,770

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 1.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Calum Woods.

Booking

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Louis Reed (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Kyel Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Ben Davies.

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

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

Booking

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

Calum Woods (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Marc McNulty replaces Diego De Girolamo because of an injury.

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United).

Foul by Kyel Reid (Preston North End).

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces John Welsh.

Attempt missed. Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Kyel Reid (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Sheffield United 1. Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Tom Clarke (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Kyel Reid (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

Booking

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

goal

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