English FA Cup
November 3, 2012
Blades hit back to see off Pirates
Chris Porter netted a second-half winner as Sheffield United came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 in their FA Cup first-round tie at the Memorial Stadium.
David Clarkson fired Rovers into a sixth-minute lead, driving at a back-pedalling United defence before planting a right-footed shot past George Long from the edge of the box.
The visitors equalised eight minutes after the break when Nick Blackman produced a superb left-footed finish from a narrow angle after running on to Porter's throughball.
And nine minutes later Neil Collins headed down a left-wing cross for the unmarked Porter to convert a simple chance from close range.
League Two Rovers more than held their own in the first half, with Derek Riordan and Fabian Broghammer going close.
Ryan Flynn had United's best first-half chances, twice firing wide from good positions.
Danny Wilson's team improved after the break and Porter had a 71st-minute header cleared off the line.
|Bristol Rovers||Sheffield United|
|28 Sam Walker||25 George Long|
|14 Lee Brown||6 Matthew Hill|
|5 Garry Kenneth||15 Neill Collins|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||29 Tony McMahon|
|2 Michael Smith||5 Harry Maguire|
|3 James Paterson||8 Michael Doyle|
|26 Matthew Lund||11 Kevin McDonald|
|25 Seanan Clucas||7 Ryan Flynn|
|7 David Clarkson||9 Chris Porter|
|27 Derek Riordan||12 Shaun Miller|
|32 Tom Eaves||10 Nick Blackman|
|20 Connor Gough||George Willis 34|
|30 Tom Lockyer||Marcus Williams 30|
|21 Wayne Brown||Darryl Westlake 2|
|24 Ollie Clarke||David McAllister 16|
|31 Shaquille Hunter||Joe Ironside 24|
|15 Oliver Norburn||Richard Cresswell 17|
|10 Elliot Richards||John Cofie 19|
|Wayne Brown for Seanan Clucas (74)||Marcus Williams for Nick Blackman (71)|
|Oliver Norburn for Tom Eaves (74)||Richard Cresswell for Chris Porter (78)|
|Elliot Richards for Fabian Broghammer (74)|
|Seanan Clucas (29)||Shaun Miller (33)|
|James Paterson (37)||Kevin McDonald (39)|
|Matthew Lund (73)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Sheffield United|