Nottingham Forest 1 Sheffield United 2 (3-3 on agg, Forest win on penalties) - player ratings
At half-time of the second leg the Blades looked dead and buried but they recovered brilliantly, only to miss out on spot kicks.
Wes Foderingham - surprisingly little to do 6
Chris Basham - exposed for the opening goal 5
John Egan - headed a chance wide early on 6
Jack Robinson - the pantomime villain was lucky not be be sent off for diving to try to win a 121st-minute penalty when on a booking 6
George Baldock - fantastic play to set up John Fleck's goal 7
Sander Berge - anonymous in the first half, he made his mark at the start of the second 7
Oliver Norwood - began the game in spritely fashion but ended it by missing in the shoot-out 6
John Fleck - dreadful in the first half, then popped up with the crucial goal in the second 7
Rhys Norrington-Davies - deserves credit for how quiet Brennan Johnson was in the second half 7
Morgan Gibbs-White - always looking to create but he was unable to convert the decisive spot kick 7
Iliman Ndiaye - brilliant work to create the Blades' second but when it came to his main job - finishing - he could not beat Brice Samba 6
Ben Osborn (for Baldock, 109) - some late energy 5
Conor Hourihane (for Fleck, 109) - another who missed in the shoot-out 4
Not used: A Davies, B Davies, Uremovic, Jebbison, Osula.