The FA Cup - Fourth Round
PrestonPreston North End1Sheff UtdSheffield United1

Preston North End 1-1 Sheffield United

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."

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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Calum Woods.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Ben Davies.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

  20. Post update

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