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⏮ League One Rewind: Sheffield United 4 City 4

We take a look back at some memorable League One clashes

8 June 2022

With City's first League One season in ten years just 52 days away, we're taking a look back at some memorable matches from some of our previous campaigns in the third tier.

We start with a bonkers match at Bramall Lane back in October 2011, when the Blades and the Grecians shared eight goals.

Sheffield United 4 Exeter City 4 - Saturday 29 October 2011

Having picked up their first away win of the season a few days earlier at Walsall, Paul Tisdale's Grecians headed to South Yorkshire to face a Sheffield United on the brink of a top two spot and comfortably within the play-off places after 15 matches. The Blades were unbeaten in five matches.

City got off to the perfect start in the Steel City, as Daniel Nardiello made the most of a defensive mix up to put the Grecians 1-0 up inside the first nine minutes. He put pressure on the United defensive, with the defender and goalkeeper's miscommunication allowing Nardiello to round the pair before slotting into an empty net.

Less than 15 minutes later it was two as David Noble's 25 yard strike took a wicked deflection off a defender, wrongfooting George Long in front of the City faithful.

The Grecians couldn't make it to the break two ahead though, with Matt Phillips pulling one back for the Blades on the stroke of half time. He brilliantly connected first time to a cross from the left by Marcus Williams and fired the ball past Artur Krysiak via a slight deflection.

That set the Blades up nicely and the momentum was with them in the second half as they turned the game on its head with two goals in the space of five minutes. First Billy Clarke smashed in from close range after Williams played in a neat ball to feet, before Matt Lowton made it 3-2 to United will a scrappy finish as City failed to deal with the ball in from the right. 

The game entered the final ten minutes and few would have predicted the goalrush that followed. With 82 minutes on the clock, John O'Flynn's superb header levelled the scores at 3-3 to set up and exciting finish, and that is exactly what the 17,000 inside Bramall Lane were to get.

Just three minutes later, Sheffield United came back once more to lead 4-3. Harry Maguire's long ball into the 18-yard box was headed down neatly into the path of Phillips who bagged his second of the game with just five minutes remaining.

Exeter refused to sit down though and less than 60 seconds later they brought the scoring back to 4-4. Maguire, who did all the hard work for the seventh goal of the game, was at fault for the eighth as his misdirected header fell into the path of James Dunne, who sweetly lifted the ball over Long from an acute angle to round off a remarkable afternoon at Bramall Lane. 

After the game, manager Paul Tisdale said:

"What a fantastic game of football, I'm very proud to see my team compete today and be part of such a great football match.

"It was a bizarre game and I'm really making every effort to enjoy it because it's just a brilliant game of football to be involved with."

City XI: Krysiak, Tully, Archibald-Henville, Golbourne (O'Flynn), Coles, Dunne, Sercombe, Noble, Oakley, Nardiello.

Subs not used: Pidgeley, Bennett, McNish, Logan.


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