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Football: Rodallega spares Fulham from 10-man Blades cutting them down

Published on Jan 26, 2014 11:15 PM
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Sheffield United's manager Nigel Clough (centre) gestures during their FA Cup soccer match against Fulham at Bramhall Lane in Sheffield, northern England, on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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