It was an away day for the city of Sheffield yesterday, as both United and Wednesday were involved in FA Cup third round matches on the road at Premier League opposition, but they experienced mixed fortunes in the historic competition. While United were putting paid to the hopes of Harry Redknapp’s side at Loftus Road, their Hillsborough rivals almost repeated the feat at title challengers, Manchester City, only to have their hopes dashed late on.

QPR 0 Sheffield United 3

United may only be a League One side these days, but they have something of a reputation as giant-killers in recent seasons in the cup competitions and so it proved again in the capital. Although their recent league form has been improving somewhat, especially at home, Rangers’ FA Cup form is nothing short of calamitous. This loss meant that they have now only managed two cup wins in the last fourteen seasons, so it may actually have been more of a shock if they had managed to progress to the next round.

As it was, that was never likely as top marksman Marc McNulty put the Blades into the lead and then, as the Hoops seemed to play with increasing defensive abandon, Jamal Campbell-Ryce twice seized on errors of their own making to cap a fine victory for the Yorkshire side.

Manchester City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

The Etihad used to be a fortress for City but more teams seem willing to take them on in their own back yard than not these days, and so it proved again as the Owls took the lead on 14 minutes, when a quick break allowed Stevie May to advance down the right flank, before crossing for Austrian striker, Atdhe Nuhiu to sweep the ball home.

They maintained the lead deep into the second period, until ex-Leeds United player and England utility man, James Milner proved to be City’s saviour. Playing in a more advanced position than is his norm, he drew the sides level with a low shot that went between the goalkeeper’s legs on 66 minutes. Then, deep into injury time at the end of the match, as Wednesday were thinking that a deserved replay was on the cards, Milner broke their hearts with a second to ensure that the home side would feature in the fourth round draw after all. 
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