Sheffield United beat Blackburn 1-0 after a spectacular stoppage-time goal from substitute Ben Davies.
The home side had been reduced to 10 men midway through the second half and the visitors then missed a penalty.
United applied early pressure with George Baldock the first to threaten when his low drive was saved by Thomas Kaminski.
After Rhys Norrington-Davies had a ‘goal’ ruled out by an offside flag, Billy Sharp wasted a great chance to put the hosts ahead when he headed wide from a Sander Berge cross.
Blackburn’s John Buckley fired in a low shot that went past Wes Foderingham’s right post.
Foderingham was then relieved to see a free-kick from Reda Khadra narrowly clear the bar.
Berge was causing problems for the visitors on the right side but the end product was lacking as United failed to force a breakthrough before the interval.
Khadra tried to spot Sam Gallagher with a low cross but the ball was too far past the striker’s outstretched foot.
Berge then produced a drive run and found John Fleck firing in an effort from around 20 yards that was parried by Kaminski. Morgan Gibbs-White hung on the rebound and shot straight at the keeper at his near post.
United called for a penalty when Sharp’s cross appeared to hit Jan Paul Van Hecke’s hand, but referee Matthew Donohue stood still.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Charlie Goode received a consecutive red card following a foul on Khadra.
Blackburn came close to scoring shortly after the sending-off when Harry Pickering’s firm shot from the edge of the box was saved well by Foderingham to his left.
The visitors were then awarded a penalty after Khadra’s cross was handled by John Egan. It was Khadra who took the penalty, but his effort was saved by Foderingham.
Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom changed his offense with Sharp making way for Oli McBurnie.
Blackburn continued to struggle with Joe Rothwell having a shot blocked and the spirited Khadra trying a curled shot from the left side of the area that went just beyond Foderingham’s left post.
It appeared to be heading for a draw until McBurnie caused problems for the Blackburn defense from a corner and Jack Robinson headed the ball past Davies who swept home from close range.
What the managers said…
SheffieldUnited Paul Heckingbottom“It’s the best way to win, for so many reasons. Everyone will tell you who’s been involved in games like this. For me, it reinforces everything we’ve tried to do. We’ve tried to bounce this place back “We tried to rekindle that connection between the fans and the players. I think the referee helped us today. I think the sending off helped us and the penalty save helped us.
“It was a red – I have no argument with that. I think the referee is right. It’s a penalty, certainly too – I can’t argue with that. is probably wrong. Those decisions and the stoppage of Wes meant that the fans became the 11th man at the end, which was really important. The only thing that is certain is that the players will work hard, and the fans react to that.”
from Blackburn Tony Mowbray: “I think in 90 minutes we did more than enough to win the game, but that’s football – it’s cruel sometimes. You have to give them a lot of credit for digging in and persevering. They have got their awards late. I think this team is full of energy, legs, athleticism and ability. We’re just a team that graft and work hard, ask the opponent questions. Do we have them? given enough problems? I think so. We have to find ways to win games. Maybe tonight we should have won 1-0.
“They need to say how good they are and what a brilliant team ethic they have. We need to stick together and carry on. They were playing in the Premier League last year and we had five kids from our academy starting and I thought they had done fantastically well, they should be proud of themselves.