1 minute Sheff Utd 0 Wrexham 0
Bramall Lane gives us the Greasy Chip Butty as Sheffield United kick off, attacking from the right to the left, kicking to the other side, but run into congestion and give away a throw-in on the Wrexham links.
The teams are in the tunnel
Sheffield United in their red and white stripes and black shorts, Wrexham in pale instead of light blue.
Nice chat here with Bryn Law
Paul Heckingbottom on his five changes
It’s a tough one again. Both teams are second in the league, so we have different priorities. We need to be much more forward, more aggressive. We know we have to defend our penalty area, but when we get the chances we have to take them. We will use the sofa intensively. If we could have made more changes, we would have because of the schedule coming up, but we are light at the moment. It’s not that I despise the Cup.
Phil Parkinson on his seven changes
A few changes were forced by injuries and a player who finished in the cup. Freshness can be important. We fully respect Sheffield United, but we are here to deal with them. I believe we can create chances against them. We are the best when we play that way. We embrace it, enjoy the break before the competition and give our 4,700 fans something to cheer about.
Your teams in black and white
Sheffield United Davies, Basham, Ahmedhodzic, Egan, Robinson, Osborn, Berge, Coulibaly, McAtee, Ndiaye, Sharp.
Substitutes Foderingham, Lowe, Norwood, Clark, Arblaster, Brooks, Marsh, Starbuck.
Wrexham: Lainton, Forde, Cleworth, Tozer, Lennon, Mendy, Young, Jones, Cannon, Mullin, Dalby.
Substitutes Watson, James, Butler, Hosannah, McAlinden, O’Connor, Lee, Palmer, Bickerstaff.
Referee Leigh Doughty (Lancashire).
Sam Dalby works with Paul Mullin for Wrexham
Ismaila Coulibaly makes his first Blades start
Preview: Only one shot at a giant kill?
Good evening and welcome to the live coverage of the FA Cup fourth round replay between Sheffield United and Wrexham after their thrilling 3-3 draw at the racecourse. One of the great FA Cup themes is that lower divisions, and non-league sides in particular, have one shot at massive kills. If the higher division team manages to work their way back to parity – as John Egan’s 95th-minute equalizer did for the Blades – the replay generally goes their way, as Wrexham only too well knows after holding off Championship Brighton in the third round in the third round. 2011-12 before losing the replay on penalties. However, in 2007–08, sixth tier Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville defeated League One Swansea 4–2 in a third round replay to earn a trip to Anfield in the fourth round. The prize tonight for Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, or future new Sheffield United owner Dozy Mmobuosi, is a home draw against Spurs.
Wrexham’s 2-1 win over Altrincham on Saturday left them second in the National League, three points behind but two games in hand to leaders Notts County with 18 games remaining. Phil Parkinson, whose promotion campaign was spearheaded by the 34 goals shared between Paul Mullin and Olly Palmer, has challenged his players to show they deserve to compete at Football League level, the status they’ve been eager to reclaim for 13 years after being in non-League.
“The cup is just a bonus, which helps to raise awareness of the club and players,” said Parkinson. “I think a lot of players have shown they can live in that company and now the challenge for them is to show they have the consistency to not just do it in one-off games. It’s a great opportunity to be in a great stadium to play and test ourselves again.”
Sheffield United, second in the Championship and enjoying a 10-point lead to the play-off places below them, are brimming with confidence, as their resurgent manager Paul Heckingbottom told the Sheffield Star. “With us, the whole dynamic will change,” he said. “It’s different now, totally different.
“We knew what we were going to face there, and other than a 15-minute stint, I thought we could handle it really well. We understood what we were up against. But the situation has now changed.
“We go into this game with the same principles as for a championship game. We need it because we know what Wrexham is going to bring. They will come in their numbers, but like I said, I think the feeling will be different with us now.”