The Blades faced two away days in a row, up first up on New Years Day a League One game against Walsall a game on paper in which we could be in with a chance of getting all three points, then three days later a return to the Midlands, an FA Cup tie against Premiership Aston Villa, a team we would be lucky not to be embarrassed by.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
The Banks Stadium
Away Blades 1,044
Walsall had a few more chances hitting the ball wide a few times, United had the lead but Walsall were looking the more dangerous, as half time sounded The Blades had managed to hold on to their single goal advantage.
Early in the second half James Chambers cross failed to find a team mate, but a dubious decision to award a penalty after an alleged push from Collins gave Walsall a chance to equalise, a chance they took as substitute
So now to Villa, and if Walsall found it so easy to dominate and punish us, Blades fans were sure that a drumming at the hands of the Premiership team was to follow, but despite this Blades turned up in large numbers to Villa Park, unaware of the magic they were about to witness.
ASTON VILLA 1
SHEFFIELD UNITED 2
Away Blades 5,940
As the second half got under way many people expected United to be defensive and make the mistake of trying to defend their lead, people could not have gotten it more wrong as much like in the opening forty five minutes The Blades went out with one mentality, attack. A few times the Blades got into dangerous position's but could not connect with the crosses being put into the box as the Villa defence looked to crowd Chris Porter and mark him out of the game. Learning from this Flynn decided instead of playing it into the box he would instead use a bit of trickery to find space before hitting a hard shot at Steer who had to make a strong save. Villas disgruntled fans grew more and more agitated as their team struggled to hold United at bay, Porter fired just wide after a clever ball from Flynn set him in a good position to double the lead. As the second half ticked on Villa found a lot more of the ball and again started to control possession without looking particularly dangerous, but a rare break forward lead to George Long having to tip over Albrighton's miss hit cross which almost sliced its way into the goal. Benteke then squandered a glorious chance with no defenders infront of him he hit the ball straight at George Long, it was definitely a day to forget for the big
The next day whilst many fans were nursing their hangovers and others were still reliving the ecstasy and joy from the day before we all gathered to watch the draw for the next round, we had to wait until the last draw of the hat for it to be revealed we would face either Norwich or Fulham at Bramall Lane, whilst no doubt a hard game awaits us we know we have no reason to fear either team if we can play like we did against Villa, and the chance to do it on home turf this time makes it even more exciting, I for one can not wait.