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SHEFFIELD United will have to manage without their Irish captain Michael Doyle (inset) in the FA Cup replay against Fulham after the Tallaght man saw red in yesterday's draw.

Former international Doyle (32) was sent off seven minutes into the second half of the Blades' Cup tie, and he will now be suspended for the replay at Craven Cottage on Tuesday week.

"I didn't see the sending-off," Blades boss Nigel Clough said.

"I'll review it the on television replays and I think we'd have won with 11. I've spoken about it with Michael and he admitted there was contact but not enough to warrant what happened."

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen defended his decision to make 11 changes for the fourth-round clash, insisting it was common sense with the crucial league clash with Swansea set for tomorrow.

"The Swansea game is important to us. It gives a chance to the players who are going to face Swansea to have an extended preparation and a chance for the others to play here," said Meulensteen.

Chris Porter's instinctive first-half finish had put the Blades ahead but Hugo Rodallega's strike secured a 1-1 draw.

MILLWALL expect to complete the signing of Irish defender Shaun Williams in time to use him in tomorrow's Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Ian Holloway's side have won the battle with Brighton for the 27-year-old and he underwent a medical at the New Den yesterday.


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