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Sheffield United 3-1 Nottingham Forest: Blades Fans' Pitch Invasion In Pictures

17/02/2014 08:08 GMT | Updated 17/02/2014 08:59 GMT
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Sheffield United supporters invade the pitch after the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on February 16, 2014. Sheffield United won the game 3-1. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheffield United reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003, and their supporters celebrated victory over Nottingham Forest with a pitch invasion.

Substitute Chris Porter took to the field in the 87th minute with the scores level and walked off having netted twice to secure a stunning 3-1 win for the League One side.

Dozens of supporters from the Bramall Lane Kop spilled onto the pitch when Porter nervelessly made it 2-1 and more crossed the white line at full-time.

United's latest cup scalp - with Aston Villa and Fulham already vanquished in earlier rounds - went down well with home fans, though manager Nigel Clough referred to the mini invasion as a "downside".

"The were 25,000 in today and the fans were incredible, that's the sort of atmosphere you want to play in," said Blades boss Nigel Clough.

"The only downside is a few supporters coming on the pitch. You understand the exuberance, but just try and stay off the pitch."

Clough's father, Brian, infamously punched two Forest fans following a win against Queens Park Rangers in 1989.

Nigel Clough found out at half-time that the winners at Bramall Lane faced a home tie against either Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton and used the possibility of a derby date with the Owls to inspire his side to overturn a 1-0 deficit.