From the moment Bristol City’s official pre-game Twitter account pointed out that this was the first time in their history they had played under the watchful eye of VAR, you always had that Feeling like it was coming back to haunt them Not that they could have any complaints, either about the moment this cup game was played in Sheffield United’s favor or the bottom line itself
The championship team fought playfully on Bramall Lane but was ultimately beaten by a Sheffield United team that had seen that FA Cup run as significant. For the second year running, the Blades have made it to the quarterfinals, but this final run was a catalyst for much bigger things elsewhere as well

After failing to win one of their first 18 games of the season, beating League One side Bristol Rovers in the third round marked the start of a run of six wins in nine games in all competitions, most recently against the team here The other half of Bristol will need a similar run in the Premier League to survive despite the odds, but their season stays alive for the time being

“I thought we were in control of stubborn opposition,” said Chris Wilder. “The key, as we have already done, is to use that momentum for the next few games Billy Sharp went to the last FA Cup semi-finals in 2014 as a fan from Sheffield United, but it was his penalty that took them to a win of their own day at Wembley. At 35, his midseason renaissance – this was his fourth goal in eight games – reflects his own team’s surge in form, “Billy did while.” has scored goals throughout his career, “said Wilder.” We had to be right with our attitude and with our game, which I believe, be positive ”

Sharp’s hit in 66 Minute was the difference, but United had dominated for a long time until the winner came, however, the defining moment of the game came when VAR stepped in after David McGoldrick’s purposeful attempt hit Alfie Mawson on review, Mawson was found done, the home team a penalty awarded and earned a straight red

Sharp made the fifth move of the season with minimal effort and with a man advantage United had enough nous to steer the final 20 minutes with very little drama. The best odds for Bristol City had either side of the half as Tomas Kalas shot directly at Aaron Ramsdale before Nahki Wells had an opportunity to pass for a possible goal but opted for a shot instead

And they ultimately had to regret the moment Mawson saw red and Sharp punished the championship. “It was a really disappointing way to lose the game,” said Dean Holden, the Bristol City head coach, “To do justice to the referee , he abides by the rules but if this had been played at Ashton Gate it wouldn’t have happened because we don’t have a VAR in the championship stadiums””

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/10/sheffield-united-bristol-city-fa-cup-fifth-round-match-report