FA Cup fifth round: The key changes all Sheffield United fans need to know

Sheffield United booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round last weekend, after a confident performance from Chris Wilder's side saw them claim a 2-0 win away to Millwall.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 11:55 am
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The Blades are looking to make their way into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 - a season which saw the then League One outfit make their way all the way to the semi-finals, only to be knocked out by Hull City in a 5-3 thriller at Wembley Stadium.

Here's the two key changes you need to know about ahead of this year's fifth round draw:

Here's the new changes to the competition that you need to be aware of:

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No weekend matches

Yep, unfortunately the dream of another lovely FA Cup weekend trip isn't on the cards any more. All the matches will take place on the week commencing Monday 2nd March.

This will, at least, help to alleviate the build-up of league games to catch up on towards the tail end of the season.

No replays

Cup replays, while a treat for travelling fans of smaller sides who can earn a lucrative away day, are also an exhausting experience for already hard-pushed squads.

Just look at Jurgen Klopp's plans for the Shrewsbury Town replay to get an idea of how popular they are with managers.

If fifth round matches end in a draw after ninety minutes, there will be the standard thirty minutes of extra time, before a penalty shootout if required.