League Cup

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17/12/2014
League Cup
Bramall Lane
Attendance 21,906

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      IT'S ALL OVER! Mark Howard collects an errant ball into the area and boots it well up the pitch, out for a throw deep into the Southampton end. The crowd shouts for the full-time whistle, and they finally get it as Forster tries to send the ball forward! Bramall Lane erupts with joy as Sheffield Uni
    • HALF TIME
    • 45'
      Mane and Long protest as they nearly link-up inside the area, but fail to win as little as a corner. Harris rushed across to slide in at the feet of the attacker, and does so exceptionally well to win his side a goal kick, much to the dismay of the two Southampton players. That is the last action of
    • 90'
      José Fonte is yellow-carded.
    • 90'
      Into the second of four minutes of added time and Jose Fonte is shown a yellow card, lunging in with a horrendous tackle into the back of Mark McNulty. The striker has been a thorn in the side of the Southampton defenders all match, and his hard work continues to pay off here!
    • 0'
      I am Alex Moretto, and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
    • 0'
      For Southampton, it is a fifth consecutive defeat and quite a costly one at that. Not only are the Saints eliminated from the cup, but they lose Morgan Schneiderlin, Vincent Wanyama and Florin Gardos to suspension, none of which will be available for their massive match against Everton on the weeken
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON. Magnificent scenes here at Bramall Lane as the hosts celebrate this well-deserved victory. The hosts looked up for the match straight from the start, and their relentless nature in attack finally paid off when Mark McNulty bundled a rebound over the line
    • 0'
      STAT ATTACK: These two teams last met on February 3, 2009 in the League Championship, with Jamie Ward’s 90th minute goal securing a 2-1 victory for 10-man Sheffield United over Southampton at St. Mary's.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME: SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON. It was as entertaining as a goalless half of football can be, as we reach the break at Bramall Lane. The hosts, despite their position two leagues down from the Saints, have looked the better team after 45 minutes, creating a number of chances in attack.
    • 0'
      The players have finally made their way out on the pitch, on a dry, mild night in Sheffield. It is a great night for Cup football and we are just moments away now from kick-off!
    • 0'
      On-loan striker Chris O'Grady and defender Paddy McCarthy are ineligible to play, while Chris Basham returns to the starting lineup from injury, after making an appearance as a substitute on the weekend against Fleetwood. Michael Higdon, the Blades' leading scorer in the competition, is left on the
    • 0'
      SHEFFIELD UNITED SUBS: Baxter, McGahey, Higdon, Turner, Kennedy, Adams, Wallace.
    • 0'
      SHEFFIELD UNITED (4-2-3-1): Howard; Flynn, Basham, McEveley, Harris; Reed, Doyle; Campbell-Ryce, Cuvelier, Murphy; McNulty.
    • 0'
      The big news for Ronald Koeman's side is the return of Morgan Schneiderlin from injury, as returns to his place in midfield for Southampton. The Saints are dealt a massive blow, however, as star striker Graziano Pelle misses out through suspension. Jake Hesketh is also unavailable after injuring his
    • 0'
      SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: K. Davis, Yoshida, Alderweireld, Mayuka, Isgrove, Reed.
    • 0'
      SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1): Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Targett; Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Ward-Prowse, Mane, Bertrand; Long.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      There is plenty at stake today, with the winner of this match booking their place in the semi-finals. Sheffield United are no strangers to making deep runs in domestic competition, advancing to the last four of the FA Cup just a season ago. Meanwhile for Southampton, this could prove to be Ronald Ko
    • 0'
      Good day football fans around the world, and welcome to Sheffield! The historic Bramall Lane is our venue today, as Sheffield United play host to Southampton in the fifth round of the Capital One Cup proper. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it
    • 1'
      Southampton kick-off and we are underway at Bramall Lane! The visitors, moving left to right, are in their dark blue away kits, with Sheffield United in their red and white home strip.
    • 3'
      Plenty of visiting fans have made the trip to Bramall Lane, which has made for a splendid atmosphere as the two sets of supporters try and drown each other out. The hosts enjoy a good spell of possession in the final third and Morgan Schneiderlin concedes the first free kick of the match with a foul
    • 4'
      OFF THE FRAME OF THE GOAL! The free kick is delivered into the area from a distance, and Fraser Forster makes a meal of it. Jay McEveley pounces on the loose ball and tries to hook it over his head. It is a clever effort from the centre-back, but it bounces off the top of the bar and goes behind! En
    • 6'
      The Blades are enjoying the better of the play in the early going, keeping possession and winning a number of throw-ins in the attacking half. Southampton are struggling to get out of their own end as the hosts apply the early pressure.
    • 8'
      STAT ATTACK: Sheffield United have an exquisite cup record under Nigel Clough, losing just two of their 17 matches (W13, D2). The Blades defeated West Ham in the second round of the League Cup this season at Upton Park, while defeating Aston Villa and Fulham en route to a semi-final appearance in th
    • 10'
      Southampton are growing into the match and look quite menacing with their possession in the final third. They are asking a few questions of the United defence, but are just lacking a good final ball at the moment.
    • 12'
      The hosts are proving that this will be anything but a cakewalk for the Premier League side. They press the ball well, and Florent Cuvelier forces Jose Fonte to boot the ball out of play near the corner flag. United keep possession following the throw, and Campbell-Ryce wins a free kick on the right
    • 13'
      Splendid delivery! Campbell-Ryce sends an inviting ball into the area, but none of his teammates can get a head to it as Southampton clear the threat and push forward in possession.
    • 15'
      Sadio Mane makes an encouraging run through the centre, proving to be too fast and strong for 17-year-old midfielder Louis Reed. The winger lays off a pass for James Ward-Prowse, but the midfielder sends a harmless shot in on goal which Mark Howard can collect with ease.
    • 17'
      GOOD CHANCE! Excellent work from Campbell-Ryce on the right, finding a bit of space and sending in a superb cross toward the near post. Reed makes a strong run forward, but just fails to get a decisive touch on the ball, allowing Forster to collect.
    • 19'
      STAT ATTACK: This is Southampton’s first appearance in the League Cup quarter-finals since 2003/04, where they lost 1-0 away to Bolton in extra time.
    • 21'
      Late tackle from Jose Fonte, as he takes out Cuvelier at the top of the area. The Blades have a real chance from the ensuing free-kick, but the Belgian midfielder sends his effort over the bar from just over 20 yards out.
    • 23'
      Southampton have a real difficult ask on their hands it would seem. The Blades are keeping their shape well at the back and look very comfortable in defence. They are looking increasingly dangerous as well on the counter, putting a great deal of pressure on the two Saints full-backs.
    • 25'
      SUPERB BUILD UP! The hosts win the ball in midfield with their high pressing, and string a number of one-touch passes together as they enter the final third. Cuvelier and Reed link up well, but the Belgian midfielder cannot pick out the final pass for McNulty as Southampton scramble clear.
    • 27'
      HEADED WIDE! Howard spills a cross in the Sheffield area, which creates a few moments of chaos in the box. The ball is lofted back in and cut back for Mane, but the attacker's header is guided safely behind for a goal kick, much to the relief of the Blades keeper.
    • 29'
      This is looking more and more like a classic cup tie! Shane Long goes down after a collision and there is a coming together of players from both teams. The fans are in full voice, making for a superb atmosphere inside the stadium, while adding to the intensity of the match. Things are really startin
    • 30'
      N. Clyne is yellow-carded.
    • 31'
      S. Mané is cautioned by the referee.
    • 31'
      Nathaniel Clyne is shown the first yellow card of the match as he takes out Jamie Murphy on the edge of the area. Anticipation builds as the free kick is set to be taken, but it is a letdown as the delivery from Harris is cleared by the first man. The Blades win the ball back straight away and Mane
    • 33'
      JUST OVER! The youngster certainly is not lacking in confidence! Reed makes a superb run in midfield as he gets into space about 30 yards out before having a go at goal. He gets great power behind his strike, but it blazes over the bar.
    • 35'
      INCHES WIDE OF THE OPENER! Sensational pressure applied by United and it nearly pays off! Basham makes a brilliant run forward, beating defenders before working a one-two with Campbell-Ryce. He takes a return pass and sends a lovely ball into the box. Fonte gets there first, but heads into the path
    • 37'
      Wonderful tackle! Southampton manage an attack of their own, and work the ball around well before Mane is played in at the top of the area. Harris rushes across for cover, and slides in exquisitely to sniff out the attack.
    • 39'
      MANE ESCAPES! He is on his last warning now for sure, and should really be off here! The Senegalese forward chases a long ball into the area and with no chance of getting to it, he collides hard with the keeper, getting his boot high up with yet another clumsy challenge. The referee gives him a fina
    • 41'
      R. Harris gets yellow.
    • 41'
      Things are getting quite heated now as Wanyama commits a hard foul at one end, before Harris returns the favour at the other. The United left-back receives a yellow card, the first of the match for the hosts.
    • 43'
      James Ward-Prowse goes down, claiming he was hit in the head by an elbow. Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle is none too happy with the accusations, and the players again come together in midfield as the game is stopped temporarily. It is getting awfully spirited now, as the managers exchange a
    • 45'
      Shane Long is called for an offside, as the fourth official signals for a minimum of two minutes of stoppage time.
    • 46'
      SI L. Isgrove SO M. Targett
    • 46'
      SI C. Adams SO M. Targett
    • 46'
      M. Targett is done for the day. L. Isgrove is his replacement.
    • 46'
      C. Adams enters the game and replaces J. Campbell-Ryce.
    • 46'
      Sheffield United get the second half underway! Both teams have made one switch at half time. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Matt Targett for Southampton, while Che Adams makes his senior debut for the Blades. The 18-year-old has been given high praise by boss Nigel Clough, and will have a chance to make a b
    • 48'
      PENALTY APPEALS NOT GIVEN! The Saints win a free kick, and Gardos meets the cross with his head. He directs it toward goal, but it is blocked by what the defender feels was a handball. Nothing is given and United break the other way.
    • 50'
      WHAT A CHANCE! A cluster of bodies gather along the left, and somehow the ball is played into the area by a Sheffield United player. It falls for Murphy, who is left all alone at the far post, but his blasts his shot over the bar from a tight angle! He has to do better there.
    • 52'
      HEADED WIDE! The tempo is really picking up just a few minutes into the second half, as the teams exchange chances at both ends. Clyne sends an inviting ball into the area, which Long flicks on towards Ward-Prowse. The midfielder heads back toward the far post, but his effort rolls just wide.
    • 54'
      STAT ATTACK: Five of the six goals scored by Sheffield United in the League Cup this season have come in the second half of their matches.
    • 56'
      F. Cuvelier gets yellow.
    • 56'
      BRILLIANT SAVE! Che Adams sends a ball into the box and McNulty heads it toward the far post, but Forster gets down incredibly well to stretch and keep it out! Southampton break the other way, and Cuvelier is penalized for a foul on Schneiderlin, earning himself a yellow card.
    • 58'
      SUPERB EFFORT! Wanyama needs to receive treatment, and makes his way off the pitch allowing the free kick to finally be taken. Ward-Prowse takes it for the visitors, and gets plenty of power and dip to his shot, but it blazes just over the bar!
    • 59'
      C. Basham gets yellow.
    • 59'
      The bookings begin to pile up now as Chris Basham becomes the latest to be shown a yellow card. The ensuing free kick is delivered into the area by Ward-Prowse, but United do well to deal with the threat and head clear.
    • 61'
      NEARLY THE OPENER! Murphy sends a brilliant ball across the face of goal, but Adams makes a mess of it at the far post. The debutant does well to recover, however, turning and picking out Doyle at the top of the area. The captain drives a first-time shot towards goal, but Forster palms it behind for
    • 62'
      FREE KICK! The corner is only partially dealt with by Southampton and Mane commits a foul at the very edge of the area. The forward somehow escapes another booking, but that was as close as you can get to being inside the area!
    • 63'
      G M. McNulty Assist M. Targett
    • 63'
      The free kick is driven in low by Harris, and Forster can only slow it down, failing to collect, before McNulty runs onto it and bundles it across the line! Bramall Lane erupts as the Blades take the lead!
    • 63'
      IT'S GONE IN! EUPHORIA AT BRAMALL LANE AS SHEFFIELD UNITED TAKE THE LEAD!
    • 64'
      Well what is happening here?! There are some heated exchanges both on and off the pitch, as Sheffield United coach Chris Morgan is sent packing! Nigel Clough tells Ronald Koeman just what he thinks of that, as chaos breaks out inside the stadium!
    • 66'
      Tensions rise inside the stadium as the match gets back underway. United continue to defend admirably and Southampton are growing increasingly frustrated as they now are forced to chase the game.
    • 68'
      V. Wanyama receives a yellow card.
    • 68'
      YELLOW CARD! Ryan Flynn dispossesses Isgrove and immediately charges forward. He breaks into the attacking half before being taken out by Wanyama, who is shown a yellow card. The booking means the midfielder will not be available to face Everton on the weekend!
    • 70'
      EXCEPTIONAL SAVE! Mane takes a pass and breaks into the area courtesy of a superb first touch. He has a clean look at goal, but cannot beat Howard with his shot as the keeper sprawls out to make the save. The United keeper then collects the ensuing corner.
    • 71'
      SI E. Mayuka SO M. Targett
    • 71'
      E. Mayuka enters the game and replaces S. Mané.
    • 72'
      NEARLY A SECOND! McNulty is played in behind the defence by Flynn, but cannot beat Forster with the goal at his mercy. Reed was running in at the far post and could have had an easy tap in should the striker have passed it across goal.
    • 73'
      SI J. Baxter SO M. Targett
    • 73'
      F. Cuvelier is done for the day. J. Baxter is his replacement.
    • 74'
      SI T. Alderweireld SO M. Targett
    • 74'
      T. Alderweireld comes on for V. Wanyama.
    • 74'
      Shortly after Mane was taken off by Southampton, a second switch is made by the visitors. Wanyama, who is also on a booking, is replaced by Toby Alderweireld, who will likely play in midfield, not his usual position at the heart of defence. The hosts make a change of their own, with Jose Baxter on i
    • 76'
      STAT ATTACK: Sheffield United last reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2002/03, defeating Crystal Palace 3-1 in the quarter-finals to book their place in the last four.
    • 78'
      The atmosphere inside the stadium is absolutely electric! Southampton win a corner as the tension begins to grow. Harris gets to the cross first to clear behind for another, before Fonte concedes a free kick inside the area, relieving the pressure on the Blades goal.
    • 80'
      The visitors win another corner, though it comes as a result of a superb intervention from Michael Doyle. The stoppage allows Sheffield United to make their final substitution. Reed is the one to give way as the fans chant his name, with Kieran Wallace coming on for his home debut!
    • 81'
      SI K. Wallace SO M. Targett
    • 81'
      L. Reed is done for the day. K. Wallace is his replacement.
    • 82'
      Well into the final 10 minutes now as Southampton continue to search for an equalizer. They are showing very little signs of doing so, however, with United defending admirably at the moment! The hosts seem buoyed by their goal and look to want it a bit more with time running out.
    • 84'
      M. Schneiderlin gets yellow.
    • 84'
      ANOTHER SUSPENSION! It may not mean much in the scope of this match, but Schneiderlin is shown a yellow card as he takes out Baxter in midfield to prevent a quick counter. The booking means the Frenchman, much like Wanyama, will be suspended for their league match against Everton on the weekend.
    • 85'
      He is extremely lucky! Bertrand commits a foul in the attacking half, and Schneiderlin boots the ball away just seconds after receiving his first yellow card! The Sheffield United players urge the referee to take action, but he opts not to send off the midfielder.
    • 87'
      JUST LISTEN TO THIS CROWD! Baxter and Murphy press incredibly high up the pitch, and put the Saints defence under considerable pressure in possession. Fonte is chased by Murphy, and passes the ball out of play, much to the delight of these home supporters!
    • 88'
      FANTASTIC STOP! Sheffield United are exploiting the space being offered to them on the counter. Murphy is played through on goal and has a shot from just outside the area, but Forster gets a strong hand out to make the save. McNulty is there on the follow up, but his shot is blocked by Fonte, with t
    • 90'
      BAD TO WORSE FOR SOUTHAMPTON! It's turning into a nightmare for the Premier League club at Bramall Lane! McNulty shields off Gardos, before turning around him to get on the end of a long ball forward. The defender drags him down and is shown a red card! The visitors will have to play the remainder o
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    england
    Chris Wilder
    austria
    Ralph Hasenhüttl

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 16 19
    Yellow Cards 3 5
    Red Cards 0 1
    Offsides 0 0

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