James Shield’s Final Verdict: Preston North End 1 Sheffield United 1

Preston's 'John Welsh tackles  Louis Reed
Preston's 'John Welsh tackles Louis Reed
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The Star’s Sheffield United reporter James Shield, gives his view as the Blades earn a second chance.

PLAYER WATCH

Michael Higdon and Diego De Girolamo worked hard up front for Sheffield United, despite enjoying precious few opportunities during the first half, while Craig Alcock, Chris Basham and Jose Baxter also impressed.

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TURNING POINT

Whatever was said during the half-time interval, even though Nigel Clough denied there were any heated words, helped transform Sheffield United after the break.

VIEWPOINT

A draw was probably a fair result given that Preston North End were the better team before the break while Sheffield United enjoyed the second-half momentum.

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Nigel Clough: “It is about building momentum. We believe success in all competitions goes hand in hand.”

Simon Grayson: “It was a typical cup tie, end to end with both teams trying to win it.”

REF WATCH

Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Terry Kennedy, Louis Reed and Jose Baxter were all cautioned for Sheffield United while Preston North End’s Paul Gallagher joined them in referee Keith Stroud’s notebook.

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