January 5, 2013
Blades ease through
Sheffield United knocked Oxford out of the FA Cup for the second year running with a 3-0 win at the Kassam Stadium.
A beautifully flighted 20-yard free kick over Oxford's defensive wall by Tony McMahon in the 17th minute put the Blades ahead.
Dave Kitson's close-range effort on 68 minutes, after Nick Blackman headed back Ryan Flynn's deep free kick, confirmed their superiority.
And Blackman's brilliant turn and shot into the roof of the net three minutes from time sealed an emphatic victory.
Oxford felt the free kick awarded against Jake Wright, for the first goal, was a harsh decision by referee Carl Boyeson.
Tom Craddock forced Blades goalkeeper George Long into a strong save from his angled drive and loan-signing Justin Richards scooped a shot narrowly wide at the start of the second half.
But Danny Wilson's npower League One high-fliers carried greater menace up front, and Blackman almost hit a third with a 20-yard effort that deflected just past the far post.
Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke also made a superb double save from Blackman and Jamie Murphy.
The U's almost pulled one back through substitute Sean Rigg but his angled drive was superbly turned aside by Long.
|Oxford United||Sheffield United|
|1 Ryan Clarke||25 George Long|
|17 Tony Capaldi||6 Matthew Hill|
|5 Michael Duberry||4 Danny Higginbotham|
|6 Jake Wright||29 Tony McMahon|
|23 Luke O'Brien||5 Harry Maguire|
|2 Damian Batt||8 Michael Doyle|
|20 Peter Leven||11 Kevin McDonald|
|8 Simon Heslop||7 Ryan Flynn|
|18 Justin Richards||14 Dave Kitson|
|29 Tom Craddock||10 Nick Blackman|
|15 Alfie Potter||23 Jamie Murphy|
|21 Wayne Brown||Danny Coyne 35|
|4 Michael Raynes||Marcus Williams 30|
|22 Harry Worley||Terry Kennedy 32|
|14 Sean Rigg||Elliott Whitehouse 27|
|25 Josh Parker||Erik Tonne 20|
|35 Callum O'Dowda||Joe Ironside 24|
|28 Tyrone Marsh||Richard Cresswell 17|
|Sean Rigg for Luke O'Brien (67)||Marcus Williams for Matthew Hill (12)|
|Joe Ironside for Dave Kitson (76)|
|Richard Cresswell for Jamie Murphy (88)|
|Michael Doyle (64)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Sheffield United|