“We’re going to Wembley!” was the chants by the home supporters after the second penalty shootout won this season. Think we should take one game at a time but we have a really good chance which I hope we can take!
On another cold December night Mark Robins made 3 changes from the FA Cup win against Morecambe which gave us an amazing daw away to Spurs! Let’s hope 1987 will come back to haunt them. The three changes were Joe Murphy, James Bailey and top goal scorer David McGoldrick in place of Chris Dunn, Adam Barton and Roy O’Donovan for the visit of Sheffield United. The footballing side of things and what can I say the first half was awful, only chance I can say was exciting came from former City player Michael Doyle whose volley was parried away by Irishman Joe Murphy. It was a very even game but neither side could muster any real chances. With 10162 fans with 6363 being away with them taking the advantage of cheap tickets I don’t think they’d be happy with that performance.
The second half was much more exhilarating though, the first chance was the mistake of David McGoldrick who lost possession on the half way line to send defender Matt Hill sprinting on the counter, he played the ball to striker John Cofie then continuing his run headed wide with an attempted diving header. Sheffield will of felt hard done by after Steven Jennings kept on chasing a loose ball and his volleyed cross was put into his own net by Harry Maguire to make it 1-0 to the home side. It could of go even worst for the visitors as Franck Moussa ran at his defender who then shot but it was well saved by keeper George Long, that was his last contribution as he was replaced by John Fleck. The away side tried to turn the game around with bringing on Jordan Chapell, Joe Ironside and Diago De Girolamo replacing Callum McFadzean, Richard Cresswell and Cofie up front. The game was all square though with just 10 minutes to go as old boy Doyle shot was parried away by Murphy only to the feet of David McAllister who close range effort smash into the net, thought he looked offside but late goals are very common now, need to stop them! That goal seemed to give the game a new lease of life for both sides as attack after attack bombarded both defences. The real chance came in stoppage time as McGoldrick took the ball to the by line and dribbled towards the goal, he tried to poke it past Long but he put it out for a corner with a good save with his feet. The on loan striker nearly won it at the death as a ball over the top sent the striker stretching for a touch but he missed it by inches. The game was over and penalties loomed, I was very nervous as I wasn’t sure how we’d do but I had nothing to worry about! City took first with Gary McSheffrey who slotted past George Long and so did his opponent in substitute Joe Ironside. McGoldrick and captain Carl Baker were up next and both scored to give city a 3-1 lead as Harry Maguire penalty was saved by Joe Murphy hilts Ryan Flynn effort blasted over the bar. John Fleck had the chance to become super sub and win the game and he did not disappoint! City go through 4-1 on pens and one step closer to Wembley! Let’s concentrate on the league now and push up the table. Bring on Walsall on Saturday! PUSB
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