Chris Wilder hopes Sheffield United can take FA Cup momentum into Premier League after Bristol City win
Chris Wilder hopes Sheffield United can use the momentum of their FA Cup run in their Premier League survival bid after they booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Bristol City tonight.
The Blades sealed their last-eight spot courtesy of Billy Sharp's penalty, awarded after a VAR review for handball after Alfie Mawson deflected David McGoldrick's shot onto the crossbar with his hand.
Mawson saw red before Sharp emphatically scored the only goal of the game, his fifth in 14 appearances so far this season.
United had more chances against the Championship side, with Max Lowe clipping the crossbar in the first half and David McGoldrick curling wide after pouncing on a loose pass straight from kick-off after Sharp made the breakthrough.
And Wilder said: "They were stubborn opposition, we've had some good battles with them in the Championship and there's some quality in there. They're game and stubborn and made it difficult for us, but we always felt comfortable and dictated the game.
"I was happy with the performance, and I believe we deserved to get through to the quarter-final for the second year on the spin. Now the key is to make sure we use the momentum going into an incredibly competitive next few games."
On Mawson's red card and the penalty, Wilder added: "I've not seen it back, I'm more disappointed we didn't stick it away because it's one of a number of chances we had in the first and second half.
"I was surprised when it was given and the boy was sent off, but there's a reason behind the decision and the decision was made."