Fulham 0 Sheffield United 1 (aet) match report: Blades progress in FA Cup as Shaun Miller livens up dismal replay

Rene Mulensteen under pressure after humbling by League One side

Craven Cottage

As he sat huddled under a blanket Konstantinos Mitroglu, Fulham's new £12m signing from Greece, must have reached for his programme to check which was the team he had joined. To his probable dismay it was the team in white. Mitroglu was the jewel of the six signings made by Rene Mulensteen on deadline day but after this latest humbling there must be a doubt as to how long he will be given to blend his new recruits into a team.

Sheffield United were organized off the ball, tidy on it, and worked like Trojans, but they are in League One's relegation zone. Yet in 120 minutes Premier League Fulham failed to break them down. And in the last of those minutes the outstanding Blades centre-half Harry Maguire headed a corner back across goal and substitute Shaun Miller, left free after his marker Clint Dempsey went walkabout, headed in.

Sheffield United thus progressed to a fifth round tie at home to Preston or Nottingham Forest, who meet at Deepdale tomorrow night. While they celebrated with their loud and joyous fans Fulham left to another chorus of deserved boos for the second time in four days.

The first of those followed Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Southampton which left Fulham bottom of the top flight. Next up are Manchester United, away. Mulensteen only left their coaching staff in June, doing so with a parting shot at David Moyes for releasing Alex Ferguson's staff. It is fair to say while Moyes' start has not gone to plan Mulensteen's work at Fulham is not making much of a case for his absence from Carrington being the reason.

The Dutchman made eight changes to Saturday's XI, presumably to rest players for the relegation battle though he could also have been punishing them. Nigel Clough, also with a relegation battle to wage but with fewer alternatives, made four changes from the United side drubbed 3-0 at Crewe.

Unsurprisingly the Blades initially looked more cohesive and, bouyed by a Jamie Murphy shot which skidded just wide, started the brighter. Gradually, however, Fulham began to dominate possession but this was in part because United sat off them and the home team never worried Mark Howard in the Sheffield goal.

The second period also began promisingly, Bob Harris shooting over twice in quick succession, but the game soon disintegrated so badly the next incident of note was the replacement, on the hour, of Hugo Rodallega who was clearly unimpressed at being singled out. He could justifiably have argued the service was the problem, not the strikers. Patjim Kasami moved to lead the line, a thankless task given the poverty of imagination behind him.

There was subsequently much huffing and puffing but a further 30 minutes' punishment for spectators by now battered by cold, rain and wind, was inevitable. To think Dimitar Bebatov gave this up to live in Monaco, what was he thinking? During the added 30 minutes John Brayford stretched David Stockdale after a powerful run and Kasami twice fizzed shots just wide, but penalties seemed odds-on when Miller stooped to conquer.

Man of the match Maguire.

Match rating 2/10.

Referee N Swarbrick (Lancs).

Attendance 10,139.

Suggested Topics
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Sport
Danny Welbeck's Manchester United future is in doubt
footballGunners confirm signing from Manchester United
Sport
footballStriker has moved on loan for the remainder of the season
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
New Articles
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
News
Kelly Brook
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
News
The five geckos were launched into space to find out about the effects of weightlessness on the creatures’ sex lives
i100
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Sport
Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
TennisWin sets up blockbuster US Open quarter-final against Djokovic
Arts and Entertainment
Hare’s a riddle: Kit Williams with the treasure linked to Masquerade
booksRiddling trilogy could net you $3m
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
News
news Video - hailed as 'most original' since Benedict Cumberbatch's
News
i100
Life and Style
The longer David Sedaris had his Fitbit, the further afield his walks took him through the West Sussex countryside
lifeDavid Sedaris: What I learnt from my fitness tracker about the world
Arts and Entertainment
Word master: Self holds up a copy of his novel ‘Umbrella’
booksUnlike 'talented mediocrity' George Orwell, you must approach this writer dictionary in hand
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering