• The FA Cup 1st Rnd
  • 03 Nov 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: The Memorial Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Bristol Rovers

1-2

Sheffield United

David Clarkson 5
Nick Blackman 53
Chris Porter 62

Blades rally to see off Pirates

Saturday 3rd November 2012 23:10

Porter (right): Netted the winning goal

Porter (right): Netted the winning goal

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Sheffield United came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 in their FA Cup first-round tie at the Memorial Stadium.

David Clarkson fired Rovers into a sixth-minute lead, driving at a back-pedalling United defence before planting a right-footed shot past George Long from the edge of the box.

The visitors equalised eight minutes after the break when Nick Blackman produced a superb left-footed finish from a narrow angle after running on to Porter's throughball.

And nine minutes later Neil Collins headed down a left-wing cross for the unmarked Chris Porter to convert a simple chance from close range.

League Two Rovers more than held their own in the first half, with Derek Riordan and Fabian Broghammer going close. Ryan Flynn had United's best first-half chances, twice firing wide from good positions.

Danny Wilson's team improved after the break and Porter had a 71st-minute header cleared off the line.