Hartlepool 1-1 Sheffield Utd (3-4 penalties)

Sheffield United needed a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory to defeat Hartlepool in a tight Carling Cup clash.

Stephen Quinn gave the Blades the lead when he headed in a pinpoint delivery from the lively Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

The hosts hit back and got their reward through Antony Sweeney, who guided in a Nathan Luscombe cross.

Despite a Sweeney injury putting Pools a man down in extra time, the Blades had to rely on Danny Philliskirk's decisive spot-kick to seal their win.


Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The priority was to get through the tie. That was the game plan.

"When the game was getting into the last stages, I thought we should have put it to bed.

"The nice thing is that we've got a little momentum going."

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