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Team news at a sparsly attended Bramall Lane saw Lawrie Sanchez make one change from the line-up that beat Plymouth the previous Saturday - Roger Johnson coming into the starting line-up in a back five, with Andy Rammell demoted to the bench. Goalkeeper Frank Talia was on the bench as is the current trend for Wycombe in cup tie situations but he found himself unable to help out.
For The Blades Michael Boulding made his first start following a loan move from Aston Villa and the 26 year old celebrated with the opening goal on 14 minutes after he was given too much time and space following Michael Brown's pass across the Wycombe penalty area from the right flank. United had dominated from the start and had numerous chances to have killed the game off even before the break with Wycombe's back five never looking stable. Wanderers also survived two claims for penalties - a 62nd minute challenge by Dannie Bulman on Michael Tonge looking particularly blatant.
Elsewhere Wycombe struggled to string many passes together or create any real clear chances. The best openings came when Danny Senda delivered crosses from the right. First on 21 minutes Doane had to head over his own crossbar and then four minutes later Stuart Roberts was unable to take advantage of the loose ball at the far post following a similar delivery. Five minutes before the break a corner from the left by Darren Currie was headed wide of the target at the far post by Andy Thomson and there were glimmers of possible improvement for the second period.
Half-time Sheffield United 1 Wycombe 0
But chances of Wycombe getting back into the game were reduced just three minutes into the second-half when Michael Brown swept home the ball left footed from around eight yards from Michael Tonge's assist.
A triple substitution on the hour mark brought some faint hope for Wycombe and if Sean Devine's lunge at the ball on 68 minutes after a Thomson header had connected it may have been a different story. However, all hopes of a Wycombe comeback were completely dashed on 75 minutes when Thomson's pass was intercepted by United substitute Peter Ndlovu, forcing Taylor to rush out and block with his hand. Taylor was clearly outside the box and although the loose ball was put away by Wayne Allison, referee Mike Pike had aleady made his mind up to award the free-kick and show Taylor the inevitable red card. Taylor will serve a one match ban in the home game with Peterborough United on Saturday 19th October.
Steve Brown took over between the posts and looked to have avoided conceeding any goals until a double burst towards the end by the home side. First substitute Nick Montgomery converted with a fierce shot that gave Brown little chance on 85 minutes. Then a minute later it was Michael Brown who grabbed his second of the night with shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar and again gave his namesake in the Wycombe no hope.
Paul McCarthy scored a goal for Wycombe on the stroke of full-time when he headed in from 10 yards following Simpson's free-kick from the left after Robert Page had fouled Faulconbridge. However, it was little consolation on a night to forget for the Wycombe faithful who made the journey north to see the game.
Final Score Sheffield United 4 Wycombe 1
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