Crewe Alexandra’s interest in the FA Cup was ended for another season after Ryan Flynn scored a goal in each half for Sheffield United in their first round replay at Bramall Lane.
Flynn scrambled the hosts in front from a short corner on nineteen minutes and then secured the victory with a composed finish during the later exchanges.
Blades goalkeeper Mark Howard had earlier produced a fine double-save from youngsters George Cooper and Callum Saunders, while Brad Inman struck against the foot of a post.
However, opposite number Ben Garratt was required to parry from Chris Basham’s long-range strike and also turn aside a Stefan Scougall header.
Nigel Clough’s charges next host Plymouth Argyle in the second round having gone all the way to the semi-final last season until losing to Hull City.
Sheffield United: Howard, Alcock, Basham, McEveley, Harris, Campbell-Ryce (Baxter 69), Reed, Doyle, Flynn, Scougall (Whiteman 88), Murphy (De Girolamo 81)
subs (unused): McGahey, Turner, Kennedy, Khan
Goals: Flynn (19, 77)
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Dugdale, Davis, Guthrie (Leigh 83), Grant, Turton, Ness, Atkinson (Jones 71), Inman, Saunders, Cooper (Waters 65)
subs (unused): Shearer, Ray, Baillie, Tate
Ref: G. Eltringham
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