Competition: FA Cup Third Round Replay.
Referee: Mr G. Courtney (Spennymoor).
light of a downpour to swamp
knockout campaign ended in the next stage after a draw with Arsenal which was
settled after two replays, but the 4-0 win over their Yorkshire neighbours gave the majority of the 19,773 crowd at Elland Road an afternoon to remember. Mark Smith's
The momentum enjoyed by the hosts paid off again after six minutes when an unmarked Lee Chapman was allowed to power home a header for their second goal, and his fourteenth of the season, following a finely-weighted cross from Carl Shutt. The Tykes were as good as beaten, and United needed no invitation to wrap up their eighth successive home win. The run had seen twenty-three goals scored by Wilkinson's side and only three conceded, and United's first moment of concern came seven minutes before half-time when Andy Rammell was brought down by John McClelland after breaking clean through. FIFA directive on automatic red cards for professional fouls had still to gather speed, however, and McClelland escaped with a caution. After both Steve Agnew and Brendan OíConnell hit the woodwork for Barnsley, Gordon McAllister struck with ten minutes remaining, after good work from Glynn Snodin had paved the way with a fine run and cross from the bye-line, for the schemer to rifle home a crip shot from near the penalty spot to establish a three-goal advantage. Two minutes later it was four as David Batty burst into the box only to be up ended† and Gordon Strachan's penalty completed the win.
and Gary McAllister were as good as their word when United met
It was a situation not lost on Batty and McAllister who both knew and accepted that they had crucial roles to play in the replay. They knew that they had not controlled the midfield to the extent required at Oakwell and resolved that they would live up to their reputation of being the best midfield in the land. So it was, with Batty in unrelenting mood and McAllister making his influence count to the full that the United midfield took a firm grip on the match and United were full value for their 4-0 victory.
United, however, did not have things all their own way and by the time they had sealed the tie with goals from McAllister, after eighty-four minutes, and Strachan, from the penalty spot two minutes later, Barnsley had twice hit the United woodwork. Substitute John Deehan headed against the bar with some force and Brendan OíConnell followed that with a swerving shot that produced the same result. So United went through to a tough looking fourth round tie at Arsenal.
was not, however, without controversy. Barnsley
seemed hard done by when Andy Rammell got through Unitedís defence after thirty-two
minutes only to be bundled over from behind by United defender John McClelland,
as he was about to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. It appeared to be a
clear Ďprofessional foulí which when committed when the attacker is in a
scoring position should be an automatic red card. World Cup Referee George
Courtney produced a yellow, much to the annoyance of the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Gary McAllister in the thick of the
Lee Chapman takes a tumble
††††† Carl Shutt worries Steve Agnew
Unitedís goals came from an own goal by Mark Smith, Lee Chapman, Gary McAllister and a Gordon Strachan penalty ††††††††† †††† Mel Sterland scored
John McClelland was lucky only to see yellow†††††††† ††††††††Clive Baker guarded the †††† Ian Banks and Gary Fleming were ††††† Gerry Taggart and Mark Smith were in central defence††††††† †††††Andy Saville and
Andy Rammell were the strikers ††† Carl Tiler, Steve
Agnew, Brendan OíConnell and Owen Archdeacon figured in the ††
Unitedís goals came from an own goal by Mark Smith, Lee Chapman, Gary McAllister and a Gordon Strachan penalty
Mel Sterland scored
John McClelland was lucky only to see yellow†††††††† ††††††††Clive Baker guarded the
Ian Banks and Gary Fleming were
Gerry Taggart and Mark Smith were in central defence††††††† †††††Andy Saville and Andy Rammell were the strikers
Carl Tiler, Steve
Agnew, Brendan OíConnell and Owen Archdeacon figured in the