Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield United 0 06 May 2013
Yeovil beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Huish Park to seal a 2-1 aggregate win and a place in the League One play-off final.
The Glovers struck a dramatic late winner to move a step closer to their first promotion to the second tier of English football.
Ed Upson nodded home with just five minutes remaining to complete the turnaround and sentence the Blades to a third successive season in League One.
Gary Johnson's men took just six minutes to wipe out the Blades' 1-0 first-leg lead when Upson's top-draw through ball teed up Kevin Dawson.
At the other end Jamie Murphy came within a lick of point of an equaliser. Callum McFadzean drifted through a posse of green shirts before teeing up the winger who cut inside before bending in a curling effort that thundered off the crossbar.
Jamie McAllister, a play-off finalist with Bristol City under Johnson's tutelage back in 2007, saw his drilled effort from a free-kick routine deflected wide after Harry Maguire had hauled back Paddy Madden.
Chris Porter, United's hero at this stage of last season's play-offs, fired into the side netting with the first chance of the second half after Dan Burn had done superbly to block his first effort.
Five minutes later Madden missed a gilt-edged chance from close range with the goal gaping after being found by Luke Ayling's delivery.
Maguire's free header with 20 minutes remaining landed well wide as the Blades searched for just their second goal in five games and a return to Wembley for the second successive season.
Yeovil have been late goal specialists this campaign with 20 scored in the final 15 minutes of games, but with time running out Hayter nodded wide when he rose to meet Foley's left-wing cross.
Midfielder Upson may have only scored one goal from inside the box for the club but he showed Hayter how it is done with just six minutes remaining. The former Ipswich man met Madden's inviting right-wing cross with a lovely glancing header which dropped into the bottom corner to send the Yeovil faithful wild.
With a minute remaining Foley's snapshot was just the wrong side of the post and the home side saw out the final minutes to extend United's play-off hoodoo to seven attempts and condemn them to another season in the third tier of English football.
So where did it all go wrong this season, well it is easy to be wise after the events but, United’s inability to score goals regularly, resulted in too many drawn matches, and the shock decision to sack Danny Wilson added to the failure.
7, Westlake 6, Higginbotham 6, Hill 5, Maguire 6, Collins 6, Doyle 6, McDonald 6, McFadzean 7, Murphy 7, Porter 7, Ironside 6, Kitson 6.
Blades draw up short-list 10 May 2013
United have drawn up a seven-man shortlist to replace boss Danny Wilson, chief executive Julian Winter has revealed.
Caretaker Chris Morgan, who managed the Blades in their unsuccessful play-off campaign, will be interviewed for the manager's job along with six other applicants.
"Chris has put himself forward to be interviewed for the role," Winter told BBC Radio Sheffield. "We had around 20 applicants of quality for the position and narrowed the shortlist down to about seven.
"We did quite a lot of work in preparing a managerial profile. We want a manager who wants to develop and improve players.
"The manager is pivotal to the challenges we face. It is about creating an identity on and off the pitch, a philosophy and a new culture. The club has to change because it can't continue with the model it has had."
That defeat to Yeovil on Monday meant the Blades are yet to be promoted via the play-offs now in seven attempts and face their third consecutive season in the third tier. source: TEAMtalk
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