Bygone Blades... Blades March On

Last updated : 02 January 2017 By @blades_mad1889

Sheffield United marched on to the Football Association Cup Quarter-Finals after beating Division One rivals Walsall 2-0 at Bramall Lane with Tommy Mooney and Peter Ndlovu netting the two match winning goals.

Tommy Monney's first half strike and Peter Ndlovu's second half header won the game for The Red And White Wizards and handing them a place in the Quarter-Finals as well as a cool £125,000 to add to their prize winnings.

The winnings, adding to the £150,000 plus the £1,500,000 made from the Worthington Cup has meant that United could keep stars such as Michael Brown. In the next round United will gain a further £265,000 as all games from that round will be in Television.

The Blades have gone 15 games unbeaten at Bramall Lane, their last defeat was to the hands of Watford on 28 September 2002, and these include a massive twelve victories and three draws.

Waslsall, who are currently battling against relegation have never reached the FA Cup Quarter-Finals in there long 115 year history and showed no sign of breaking that duck as they struggled against the Blades.

The defeat was compounded when boss Colin Lee was dismissed from the dug-out midway through the second half by Chester-le-Street referee Mark Clattenburg for what appeared to be dissent.

United, though, started like a side which had lost three of their previous four matches, and still in shock after the events at Portman Road last week.

It was a case of the manager of the month award providing its customary hoodoo for Warnock's promotion-chasers squandered a 2-0 lead against Ipswich, losing 3-2 against 10 men.

United's defence were slow out of the blocks, or perhaps they were blinded by the wintry sun, the brightness of which was matched by the bleached-blond, close-cropped haircut of Walsall's Brazilian striker Junior.

He at least looked lively in the opening exchanges. Junior first dragged a shot wide with just over a minute gone and then teed up forward partner Jorge Leitao soon after, only for the Portuguese star to miscue horribly.

Junior had the Saddlers' only other effort of the half on the quarter-hour mark as Steve Corica's slide-rule through-ball gave him a fine opportunity, but an attempted goal-bound flick was beaten away by the right hand of Paddy Kenny.

It was the wake-up call United needed for they then proceeded to take control of the game, albeit without seriously threatening Saddlers goalkeeper Jimmy Walker.

Walker, who had once served under Warnock during their days at Notts County, had made just one save prior to picking the ball out of his net eight minutes from the break.

A powerful, low, ninth-minute right-foot drive from Steve Kabba was superbly tipped beyond the right-hand post, and it was the United striker who played his part in the opening goal of the game.

Kabba fed Michael Brown for a 16-yard curling shot which Walker did well to turn away, but only into the path of Mooney for an angled tap home and his first Blades goal since his loan from Birmingham last month.

Walker then denied Kabba and Mooney either side of the break before Ndlovu sealed United's passage into the last eight with a far post header in the 56th minute after a looping Brown cross from the left wing had evaded Walker's outstretched grasp.

Junior and Leitao had chances to hand Walsall a lifeline either side of Lee's dismissal, but it never materialised and instead they were left to reflect on their sixth failure in attempting to reach the last eight.