Date: 16th April 2013 at 10:27pm
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Referee Keith Stroud took centre stage on an extraordinary night at Bramall Lane.

Over 23,000 were present at Bramall Lane as fifth placed United faced third placed Brentford.

Stroud showed three red cards, eleven yellow cards and awarded four penalties, of which, two were missed.

Brentford finished the game with nine men, United ten, as Tony Craig and Clayton Donaldson were sent off for the visitors, and Harry Maguire was sent off for the hosts.

United looked like they were heading to three crucial points after going behind from the spot in the first half when Tony McMahon and Barry Robson fired the blades ahead.

A crazy night at Bramall Lane saw Brentford equalise in the final minute of normal time and there was still time for McMahon to hit the woodwork for a second time in the evening.

Marcello Trotta put Brentford ahead from the penalty spot on 23 minutes when George Long brought down Clayton Donaldson in the area.

United missed a great chance to equalise when Tony Craig was penalised for an off the ball incident with Dave Kitson and United were awarding a penalty.

Tony McMahon stepped up to smash his effort against the bar.

It wasn`t long before a third penalty of the evening was awarded by Stroud. It was a second penalty for United, this time after Lee Hodson handballed inside the area. This time, substitute Barry Robson made no mistake from the spot with 62 minutes on the clock.

United were making their extra man count and they went ahead on 68 minutes when Dave Kitson scored at the far post after a deep ball from Jamie Murphy.

Brentford then won the fourth penalty of the evening, this time after Harry Maguire was guilty of a foul inside the area and he picked up a red card for his second yellow card of the evening. Substitute Sam Saunders stepped up but George Long produced a great save to maintain the lead for United.

Brentford were reduced to nine men when Clayton Donaldson picked up his second yellow card of the evening.

The drama wasn`t over and substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled Brentford level in the final minute of normal time.

United almost won it deep into stoppage time. McMahon was denied by a great save from Simon Moore and then McMahon saw another effort come back off a post.

It was to prove the final chance on an extraordinary night at Bramall Lane.


Sheffield United
Long, Maguire, Hill, Flynn Forte 46), Doyle (Robson 59), Porter, McDonald, Kitson (Higginbotham 75), Collins, Murphy, McMahon

Subs not used
Coyne, Ironside, McFadzean, Whitehouse,

Moore, Forshaw (Saunders 68), Craig, Dean, Donaldson, Logan, Trotta (Wright-Phillips 74), Hodson (O`Connor 66), Reeves, Diagouraga, Bidwell

Subs not used
El Alagui, Dallas, Gounet, Forrester

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