HAVING both reached the fourth round of the FA Cup, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday hoped to pull two of the big boys out of the hat.
However, neither of the Sheffield clubs were handed plum, money-spinning ties yesterday, but, will fancy their chances of progressing further in the competition.
Sheffield United will host Birmingham or Wolves in the last 32 after beating Salisbury 3-1 at Bramall Lane.
United have beaten Oxford, Torquay and Salisbury so far at home but TheBohemian fears the cup run could impact on their league form.
He posted on thestar.co.uk: “Ineffective, half-poached display from the Blades today. More confirmation, if it were needed, that the cup competitions serve simply to detract from the only priority which is promotion.”
Honolulu Wednesday 1867 added: “Another win at the fortress, and it’s getting a bit boring now.”
Manorblade said: “Been to the game; dull and freezing; nice to see James Beattie giving his all in a game its hard to be motivated for.Credit to Salisbury; had a real go in second half.”
Fellow League One promotion hopefuls Wednesday secured a 1-0 victory over the Hammers through Chris O’Grady’s 88th-minute winner to extend their unbeaten home run to 12 matches.
(0v0) said: “Wednesday played some good football today and looked like a good team. Weaver’s penalty save was world class. I also thought JJ had a good game. All the team battled for the cause.
“Bring on Blackpool.”
Tommy tynan echoed his sentiments, saying: “Well done lads; could have won by a bigger margin too, top class Weaver; pity about Blackpool away though.”
On Twitter, Wednesday’s players expressed their joy at defeating Championship opposition and paid tribute to the fans for the backing they received at Hillsborough.
Central midfielder Chris Lines said: “Blackpool away; nice one for the fans and we will go there with confidence...thanks for yourgreat support again today.”
A delighted Danny Batth said: “What a result for us. Great home following and we showed great spirit to keep a clean sheet and win.”
Experienced striker Clinton Morrison, who replaced Benin international Reda Johnston with 31 minutes remaining, added: “Good result today. Great support again. Blackpool next round, bring it on. I feel like I’m playing well again. I just need one to go in off my shin.”