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United Left It Late To End Wrexham’s Fairytale – Match Report

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Sheffield United dispatched Wrexham late in the game with two injury time goals, one from captain Billy Sharp to put the Blades ahead and the other from Sander Berge who made sure of no giant killing at Bramall Lane.

The Blades bossed the first half, albeit creating mostly half chances but they were chances you’d back United to hit the target from at the very least. The best chance of the half fell to McAtee when he raced into a 2vs1 against the keeper, with Ndiaye to the side of him, but the Manchester City loanee took the shot on himself and slid the ball agonisingly past the post. 

At the start of the second half you could instantly see a reaction from Wrexham given their halftime teamtalk. They piled on the pressure, taking several corners and giant throw-ins into the box, but United defended the box well. 

Shortly before the hour mark, the referee gave Wrexham a life line when Ahmedhodzic tugged back Paul Mullin outside of the box, only for the referee to award a penalty which was ultimately rocketed into the roof of the net to restore parity.

Just 12 minutes later, the referee awarded another penalty to Wrexham after a clumsy challenge from Norwood, who just came on from the bench. 

Mullin stepped up again, but this time Adam Davies saved it and it was a fantastic save because Mullin went full power into the bottom right hand corner. 

United were not getting anything out of the referee with Ndiaye being dragged to the floor countless times and not getting a freekick. Everytime United made contact with a Wrexham player, the referee could not wait to blow his whistle. 

The poor and biased refereeing display continued when Oli Norwood smacked an effort at goal which was blocked by a hand, and unsurprisingly the ref waved the appeals away.

But the Blades kept knocking on the door, and in the 94th minute Ben Tozer, who had been giving United fans stick all game, saw Billy Sharp cut inside him and neatly passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

The tie was well and truly put to bed when McAtee found Berge with a clever reversed pass in the right-hand side of the box, and the Norwegian fired it into the angle of the goal.

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