The FA Cup - First Round
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Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Sheffield United

Last season's FA Cup semi-finalists Sheffield United were held to a goalless first round draw by League One rivals Crewe Alexandra.

Ryan Flynn went close for the Blades in the first half but his effort was cleared off the line by Adam Dugdale.

Jamie Murphy thought that he had put the visitors ahead after drilling home but he was judged to be offside.

Crewe then almost sealed their place in round two when substitute James Jones forced Mark Howard into a smart save.

The two sides were meeting at Gresty Road for the second time in a fortnight, following the Blades' 1-0 League One win on 25 October and they will now meet again at Bramall Lane for the replay next Tuesday night (18th November, 19.45 GMT).

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"They probably had a little bit more possession in front of us, but they didn't get in behind us too often. A lot of crosses into the box that we dealt with very well.

"It was just about containing them first half, then we played much better in the second half without any real penetration.

"The work rate was fantastic. That was the bottom line and I felt like we deserved to be in the hat for the second round because of that."

Blades boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Nigel Clough: Sheffield United manager on Crewe draw

"The only thing that was missing was a goal. Once again, it was an excellent performance. Composed, controlled from start to finish.

"We restricted Crewe to one shot. Mark Howard had one shot in the whole game.

"It's not the lack of trying or going forward. We just need somebody with a bit of quality to put it in the back of the net for us."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 4DavisBooked at 52mins
  • 6Dugdale
  • 3Guthrie
  • 19Baillie
  • 7Turton
  • 42GrantBooked at 74mins
  • 8AtkinsonSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 24LeighSubstituted forInmanat 80'minutes
  • 11CooperSubstituted forWatersat 85'minutes
  • 25Haber

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 10Inman
  • 14Saunders
  • 17Waters
  • 20Jones
  • 23Ng
  • 28Ness

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 2Alcock
  • 6Basham
  • 19McEveley
  • 3Harris
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forDe Girolamoat 69'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 22Reed
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 9Murphy
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forScougallat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Scougall
  • 14McGinn
  • 17McGahey
  • 18Porter
  • 23De Girolamo
  • 24Turner
  • 27Kennedy
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
3,222

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Sheffield United 0.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

Attempt missed. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diego De Girolamo (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Baillie.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces George Cooper.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Bradden Inman replaces Greg Leigh.

Booking

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

Craig Alcock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Baillie (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

James Baillie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Diego De Girolamo replaces Ryan Flynn.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Jose Baxter.

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay McEveley (Sheffield United).

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

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