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Blackwell hails Blades' response

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Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell insisted he never expected anything less than a positive response from his players against Hull.

The Blades were booed off after losing to rivals Sheffield Wednesday last week and Blackwell admitted the week since had been his worst since taking the job a year ago. Yet United, who remain in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off positions, bounced back to hold Hull to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round.

Blackwell said: "We have lost two in 15! Myself and Brownie (Hull boss Phil Brown) have been under pressure for whatever reason, and he has done an unbelievable job. But as you have seen, these lads don't lose many games. They know what it takes to win games and stay in games. That means we have a chance to win games."

He added: "They have responded ever since I have been here. They showed some real courage against a side that has powered into the Premier League and powered through the Premier League.

"Our goal was very well created and we played a little bit better. I think the crowd were different towards the players and they responded to it.''

Greg Halford, on loan from Sunderland, was pushed up front from his usual role wide on the right and immediately made an impression with the opening goal after six minutes.

Kamil Zayatte, who also moved from the Hull defence to midfield in place of the injured Ian Ashbee, headed the equaliser.

The sides will now meet again in a replay a week on Thursday.

Tigers boss Brown said: "It was a great cup tie, But we are disappointed we have got another game. The next week is going to be interesting with Tottenham, replay, Blackburn, but that is life.

"You become a victim of your own success to a certain extent but we are in the hat for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup."

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