Exeter 2-2 Sheff Utd- Match Report
Report of match 5th May 2012
Exeter 2-2 Sheff Utd- Match Report.
Play-offs for Wilson's men
Sheffield United must be content with a place in the League One play-offs after the Blades brought the curtain down on their regular season with a 2-2 draw at relegated Exeter.
Danny Wilson's side were relying on Wycombe beating cross-city rivals Sheffield Wednesday, but the Owls' 2-0 win against Wycombe meant United finished in third and will face Stevenage in the two-legged semi-final.
Exeter were the better of the two teams in the first half and went in front through Alan Gow's sublime volley from the corner of the penalty box.
United's James Beattie was then sent off for a reckless two-footed lunge on Exeter's James Dunne but, if anything, it helped to galvanise Wilson's side.
Lee Williamson brought United level a minute before half-time when he swept the ball home from Matthew Lowton's cross and they went in from two minutes into the second period when Kevin McDonald's long-range shot took a huge deflection and found the net with Exeter goalkeeper Artur Krysiak wrong-footed.
Exeter were disappointing after the break, but they managed an equaliser deep into stoppage time when substitute Scot Bennett stooped to head home after Guillem Bauza's effort had been saved.
|Competition: npower League One Date: Saturday, 5th May 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: St. James Park|
|2 - 2||Sheff. Utd.
|27||Pat Baldwin (Duffy 65)|
|4||James Dunne (Bennett 48)|
|19||John O'Flynn (Bauza 67)|
|21||Guillem Bauza (O'Flynn 67)|
|6||Richard Duffy (Baldwin 65)|
|26||Scot Bennett (Dunne 48)|
|11||Ryan Flynn (Quinn 81)|
|14||Lee Williamson (Hill 85)|
|17||Richard Cresswell (Porter 67)|
|32||Matthew Hill (Williamson 85)|
|21||Chris Porter (Cresswell 67)|
|28||Stephen Quinn (Flynn 81)|
|Exeter City cards shown|
|37 mins||Daniel Nardiello||Unsporting behaviour|
|45+3 mins||James Dunne||Unsporting behaviour|
|70 mins||Alan Gow||Unsporting behaviour|
|78 mins||Scot Bennett||Unsporting behaviour|
|Sheff. Utd. cards shown|
|10 mins||Lee Williamson||Unsporting behaviour|
|37 mins||James Beattie||Unsporting behaviour|
|39 mins||Michael Doyle||Unsporting behaviour|
|45+4 mins||Steve Simonsen||Dissent|