Jan 4, 2014 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčVilla Park
Aston Villa
Sheff UtdSheffield United
Helenius (75')
Clark (34'), Westwood (84'), Delph (89')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Murphy (20'), Flynn (81')
Collins (12'), Long (90')

Result: Sheffield United shock Aston Villa

Ryan Flynn strikes in the 81st minute to hand Sheffield United a shock victory over Premier League side Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup.

League One side Sheffield United stunned Aston Villa to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Villa Park this afternoon.

Sheffield United's Ryan Flynn celebrates with teammate Tony McMahon after scoring his team's second goal during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013© Getty Images

Villa started well as Marc Albrighton earned several free kicks early on down the right, but the home side could not turn their pressure into a goal.

After seeing out the storm from the Premier League outfit, the visitors took the lead in the 20th minute when striker Jamie Murphy latched onto a through0ball and fired home past Jed Steer with the aid of a deflection.

Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Aston Villa during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013© Getty Images

Paul Lambert's team had an excellent chance to level things up just before the break when Albrighton sprinted down the left and lifted a cross into the area for Christian Benteke, who beat his man in the air but his effort went wide of the target.

After the break, United nearly doubled their lead as Ryan Flynn fired a powerful effort at goal and Steer had to be at his best to turn the ball away from the net.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Sheffield United's Harry Maguire in action during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013© Getty Images

Seconds later, Flynn tested Steer again with another shot from distance, but again the keeper was equal to it and kept his side in the game.

United were having all the chances and Chris Porter went close to putting the game to bed when he fired from distance, only to see his effort go just the wrong side of the post.

Nigel Clough's men were to pay for their missed opportunities as Villa equalised in the 75th minute when, following a spate of corners, a loose ball fell to Nicklas Helenius in the area and he fired home.

Aston Villa's Nicklas Helenius celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Sheffield United during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013© Getty Images

However, United weren't to be denied as Flynn finally scored when he beat a challenge before launching an effort past Steer into the roof of the net to secure a surprise victory for his side.

Paul Lambert manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on November 25, 2013
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