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MetiNews.Com - The Blades are safely through to round five of the FA Cup after a 2-1 victory over Plymouth, but the game was not without its talking points
Breaking News ! Sheffield United made it through to round five of the FA Cup where they will face Bristol City for a place in the quarter-final. Goals from Chris Basham and Billy Sharp either side of half-time secured the win, before yet another sloppy goal gave the visitors hope of rescuing a result from a match that should have been out of sight long before Panutche Camara scored 15 minutes from time. Here are the Sheffield United talking points to emerge from yesterday's success. Welcome form Yesterday's victory made it three wins from four in all competitions and, given how this season has panned out so far, that is most welcome right now. This mini revival is going to be tested severely in the next six days with away trips to the two Manchester clubs, but that winning feeling has at least returned for now. Regardless of the competition and the fact two of those three wins have come in the cup against League One opposition, as manager Chris Wilder pointed out in his press conference yesterday 'there are no downsides to winning games of football'. A cup run is United's best chance of keeping their season alive. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now If they can overcome Bristol City in the next round and reach the quarter-final, it would at least take away a bit of the spotlight from what has been a disastrous league campaign. The Aaron Ramsdale dilemma It's a debate that has been raging all season and does not appear to be showing any signs of being settled. The keeper has been the subject of heavy criticism for much of the campaign following his summer move from Bournemouth and again conceded a goal he should have done so much better with. The manager is now facing a real dilemma with his number one. How long does he keep him in the side for? Although his performances of late are causing concern, he is not United's biggest problem. The midfield, a lack of creativity in that department and the attacking third continue to be areas most troubling right now. His price tag has not helped him, but he is a keeper with a big future in the game and highly regarded both at club and international level. However, right now Wilder has a decision to make on whether keeping him in the side is the best thing to do for his confidence or whether taking him out of the firing line will do him good. Yesterday was the perfect chance to rest him, but he got the nod over Wes Foderingham and Michael Verrips, the latter being someone who is now in his second season at the club and has played just 41 minutes against a non-league side. But are Foderingham and Verrips actually good enough to oust the current number one? That is something only Wilder and his coaching staff know the answer to. Another soft goal United did a very United thing with 15 minutes remaining - gave away another soft goal when in complete control of the game. Sloppy defending has plagued this team's season and it seems they just cannot stop gifting the opposition goals. While Ramsdale has had the finger of blame pointed at him again, that ball should not even have got to Camara in the first place. Both Lundstram and Basham were guilty of bad errors of judgement in the build-up and the ball should have been cleared long before the midfielder was able to drive his effort goalwards. This team has never conceded so many soft goals and they were not being conceded last season.
. It was always going to be a downgrade in that position and that's not meant as a lack of respect towards Ramsdale or the club's recruitment, but to put it simply United had the best keeper they could have had in Henderson.
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O'Connell's absence cannot be put into words but it doesn't need to be. Everyone has seen it for themselves. But still, although the void left by him cannot be filled, there has been no excuse for some of the goals conceded this term. Rhian Brewster and the wait goes on It was seen as the ideal time to return the 20-year-old to the starting line-up. It was hoped it would be the game where his Sheffield United career finally got up and running with that elusive first goal. But it was not to be. However, there was still a lot to like about his performance. He is not short on confidence despite the situation around him. He backs himself and is not afraid to get a shot away. On 18 minutes yesterday he turned and let fly with a fierce drive from 20 yards that was moving in the air that keeper Michael Cooper did well to push away.
Rhian Brewster drives forward with the ball in the FA Cup victory against Plymouth at Bramall Lane
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Was involved in a lot of the build-up play and is not afraid to show a flick or two. We thought the moment had arrived five minutes into the second half but his first-time strike from John Fleck's ball across was straight at the keeper. He still looks a way off a regular starting place in this side but someone who will go on to become a big player for the club in the future. The evergreen Billy Sharp And the final word has to go to the skipper. While all eyes were on his 20-year-old strike partner, the 34-year-old grabbed the headlines. His assist for Basham's header was perfect and he showed a great touch from Oliver Norwood's pass to get in and round the keeper and double the lead.
Billy Sharp rounds the keeper to make it 2-0 to United at home to Plymouth in the FA Cup.
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That's his third goal of the season and he is the club's second highest scorer behind David McGoldrick. He is now responsible for four of the five points United have in the league and the reason they are in the fifth round of the FA Cup. It's a message fired to the manager that he still has a part to play in this season despite finding himself down the pecking order.
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