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Sheff Utd 1-1 Hull

Greg Halford (right) scored Sheffield United's goal
Halford (right) put the Blades ahead but it was not enough to secure victory

Championship side Sheffield United earned an FA Cup fifth-round replay after a dogged display against Hull.

The hosts took the lead after only six minutes when Greg Halford headed in from David Cotterill's cross.

But the Blades lost defender Chris Morgan to injury after he was hurt in a challenge with Michael Turner, and Hull took advantage to come into the game.

The Premier League side levelled the score when Kamil Zayatte powerfully headed in an Andy Dawson centre.

Hull could probably do without the replay as they look to secure their status in the top flight.

But United's performance was just what they needed after stuttering in their promotion push over the past month.

The game marked the first anniversary of Kevin Blackwell's appointment as Blades boss.

But he had problems ahead of the game, with strikers Darius Henderson and Arturo Lupoli suspended and cup-tied respectively and injuries limiting him to just five substitutes.

He was at least boosted by the return from a hamstring injury of captain Morgan but the defender did not last the first half.

Hull decided not to risk knee injury victim Jimmy Bullard.

The Blades grabbed the lead when Hull left-back Dawson slipped, allowing Cotterill to cross for Halford to plant a firm header past the recalled Boaz Myhill.

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Hull responded with Richard Garcia heading over from a Dawson corner.

At the other end Halford could have had a second after breaking clear of a Hull defence but shot straight at Myhill.

Shortly after, Morgan was substituted after having treatment on what looked like a knee injury.

Hull took advantage and levelled in the 34th minute when Dawson delivered a curling free-kick from the right and Zayatte glanced a header past Paddy Kenny.

United went close to regaining the lead in first-half stoppage time when Billy Sharp headed wide from another Cotterill cross.

Hull appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty early in the second half when Caleb Folan went down as Halford challenged.

The visitors had another good opportunity moments later as Sam Ricketts crossed but Kenny parried Garcia's header.

Myhill was also required to save bravely at the feet of Halford.

Bernard Mendy attempted to unpick the Blades defence but substitute Manucho was unable to make the most of an opportunity in the area.

The game began to fizzle out with neither side able to find a way through in the final 10 minutes.

The teams will now meet again on Thursday 26 February for a place in the last eight.


Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell:

"They showed some real courage against a side that has powered into the Premier League and powered through the Premier League.

"Our goal was very well created and we played a little bit better today.

"I think the crowd were different towards the players and they responded to it."

Hull boss Phil Brown:
He said: "It was a great cup tie. But we are disappointed we have got another game. But we are in the hat for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"We came out of the traps fairly slowly. We got back into it slowly but surely but it was a feisty affair.

"We got back in it from a set-piece and could have won it in the second half."


Sheff Utd: Kenny, Jihai (Naughton 60), Morgan (Webber 31), Kilgallon, Naysmith, Cotterill, Montgomery, Quinn, Hendrie (Howard 73), Halford, Sharp.
Subs Not Used: Bennett, Walker.

Goals: Halford 7.

Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Mendy (France 88), Marney, Zayatte, Garcia (Manucho 79), Geovanni (Barmby 73), Folan.
Subs Not Used: Warner, Doyle, Halmosi, Featherstone.

Booked: Mendy, Turner, Garcia.

Goals: Zayatte 34.

Att: 22,283

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).



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Live text - FA Cup fifth round
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