Football: Rodallega spares Fulham from 10-man Blades cutting them down
Published on Jan 26, 2014 11:15 PM
SHEFFIELD, England (AFP) - Premier League side Fulham survived an FA Cup scare against third-tier Sheffield United on Sunday by battling back to secure a 1-1 draw at a mud-caked Bramall Lane in the fourth round.
The Cottagers made 11 changes to their starting line-up and the League One strugglers looked set for a repeat of their third-round win over Aston Villa after Chris Porter gave them a 31st-minute lead.
However, the home side had captain Michael Doyle sent off for an off-the-ball incident early in the second period and Hugo Rodallega equalised with 15 minutes remaining to send the tie to a replay.
Heavy rain in northern England made for a muddy, sapping playing surface and the game went ahead only after a late pitch inspection.
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