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Jan 25, 2020 at 3pm UK
Millwall
0-2
Sheff UtdSheffield United
 
FT(HT: 0-0)
Besic (62'), Norwood (84')
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Result: Blades earn hard-fought win at Millwall

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Muhamed Besic and Oliver Norwood on target as Premier League team progress.
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Mo Besic and Ollie Norwood provided two moments of rare class as Sheffield United ground out a 2-0 FA Cup win at Millwall.

Everton loanee Besic whipped home his first Blades goal on his 13th appearance, before Norwood wrapped up the fourth-round victory amid an insipid clash at The Den.

Aiden O’Brien scuffed a glorious early chance for Millwall and the hosts never recovered, with two clinical finishes sufficient to put Chris Wilder’s men in the hat for the fifth round draw.

South Bermondsey has played host to seven FA Cup giant-killings since 1993, with the Lions well versed in a Premier League mauling.

This throwback tie had all the hallmarks of another entry into those lengthy annals, save for any kind of killer blow from the hosts.

A threadbare pitch thanks to a faulty drainage system, floodlights on in broad daylight and the typically hostile atmosphere; all these and more left the Blades often lacking interest or impetus.

But boss Wilder’s in-form men coped comfortably enough in the event, as Millwall struggled for any bite in attack.

Chris Wilder’s side faced few alarms (Tim Goode/PA)

Besic stroked wide from 16 yards as the Blades eyed an early breakthrough but the visitors were reeling when the vastly-experienced Phil Jagielka was caught out wholly unnecessarily when misjudging a header.

The former Everton man raced out but missed the ball, leaving a gaping hole for O’Brien to race through, cut inside the cover – but scuff his shot straight at Bartosz Bialkowski.

Millwall almost slumped off the pace in response to a gilt-edged chance missed but such was the paucity of quality on display that United were unable to take advantage before the break.

Basham’s smart through-ball did at least have Billy Sharp shuffling around Bialkowski but the visiting skipper could not deliver a finish as James Brown hacked off the line.

Jagielka then headed high and wide after working himself free at a corner, but a distinctly underwhelming half ended scoreless.

Both sides at least upped the intensity after the break – and a surprise moment of accuracy broke the deadlock.

Callum Robinson’s lofted ball let Sharp apply the squeeze on the Lions, with the skipper finding Besic on the overlap.

Muhamed Besic celebrates the opening goal (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The Bosnia midfielder checked inside, opened his body and delivered a textbook curling finish.

Norwood quickly slotted the match-sealing second after a fine tee-up from skipper Sharp, as Millwall slipped well off the pace at the end.

Simple, effective, decisive – two finishes boasting all the qualities missing both before and afterwards at The Den.

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1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
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