Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom hailed his side’s character following their late 3-2 victory against Rovers in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men twice led, with Ben Brereton smashing home from the penalty spot and Sam Szmodics also getting on the scoresheet.

But the hosts hit back through an unfortunate Sam Gallagher own goal and Oli McBurnie’s strike, before Manchester City loanee Tommy Doyle fired home the winner in stoppage time.

Heckingbottom was disappointed with the penalty decision for the opener after a lengthy VAR check, with the ball striking Jack Robinson’s arm in the box.

He told Sky Sports: “I just thought it was a good game. At half time I said to the lads I was really pleased with how we played.

“I know we’ve got VAR and it’s judged to be handball, but I am really disappointed with that one. If it had hit his right arm above his head then no problem, but that was a tough one to take after playing so well.

“We gave a couple of chances away and left a runner for that goal. Then two from set-plays. Apart from that, I thought we played really well.

“Second half, Blackburn got more opportunities on the break and we know they are a really good team on the break. For us to keep going and come back twice shows a lot about the lads.

“The (third) goal was fantastic. Like I said, to play so well first half and come in at 1-1 was a disappointment.

“We missed some big chances, they had some big opportunities on the counter. For the audience at home, it was a really good game.”

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