FA Cup: Road to the semis: Liverpool v Wycombe

Road to the semis: Liverpool v Wycombe

Road to the semis: Liverpool v Wycombe

LIVERPOOL

Jan 6, round three: Liverpool 3 Rotherham 0

Liverpool are made to sweat, having Igor Biscan sent off before Emile Heskey’s second half double and Dietmar Hamann’s late strike put paid to the Second Division side.

Jan 27, round four: Leeds 0 Liverpool 2

Liverpool survive a torrid first half and steal a pulsating victory when Nicky Barmby and Emile Heskey score in the final three minutes a win which makes Gerard Houllier’s men the new favourites to win the Cup.

Feb 18, round five: Liverpool 4 Man City 2

Heskey and Jari Litmanen get the home side off to a flyer with goals in the first 12 minutes. Battling City hit back through Andrei Kanchelskis but Vladimir Smicer and Markus Babbel make the game safe before Shaun Goater’s late consolation.

Mar 11, round six: Tranmere 2 Liverpool 4

Liverpool live on their nerves before disposing of Birkenhead’s Cup kings. Danny Murphy and Michael Owen give the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead but Tranmere hit back through Steve Yates. Steven Gerrard increases the lead but a Robbie Fowler error lets in Wayne Allison to reduce the deficit again. Fowler makes up for his mistake with a late penalty.

WYCOMBE

Nov 18, round one: Wycombe 3 Harrow Borough 0

Jamie Bates hits two and Michael Simpson scores from the spot as Wanderers rolled over the Ryman League side in front of 2,681 supporters.

Dec 10, round two: Millwall 0 Wycombe 0

A spectacular goalkeeping display from Martin Taylor helps Wanderers cling on for a replay.

Dec 19, round two replay: Wycombe 2 Millwall 1

Goals from Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy sandwich Joe Dolan’s effort for the visitors and see Wanderers through to round three.

Jan 6, round three: Wycombe 1 Grimsby 1

McCarthy hits a 73rd-minute equaliser to cancel out David Nielsen’s first half effort and keep Wanderers in the Cup.

Jan 16, round three replay: Grimsby 1 Wycombe 3

McCarthy, Simpson and Mark Rogers score as Wanderers blow away the First Division side, for whom Mike Jeffrey’s first half effort is scant consolation.

Jan 27, round four: Wycombe 2 Wolves 1

Super sub Sam Parkin grabs a famous win for Wanderers with his 85th-minute strike. Wolves’ Carl Robinson had cancelled out Rammell’s first half opener.

Feb 17, round five: Wycombe 2 Wimbledon 2

Simpson and Steve Brown score late as Wycombe hit back from the dead to salvage a replay. Mark Williams and Patrick Agyemang looked to have the Dons home and dry at half-time.

Feb 20, round five replay: Wimbledon 2 Wycombe 2 (7-8 on pens)

Dave Carroll cancels out Gareth Ainsworth’s opener and takes the tie into extra-time. Wayne Gray puts the Dons back in front and Wycombe are heading out until McCarthy’s 120th-minute equaliser. Wycombe clinch a marathon penalty shoot-out when Wimbledon’s Mark Williams skies the 16th spot-kick over the bar.

Mar 10, round six: Leicester 1 Wycombe 2

McCarthy’s 50th-minute lead is pegged back by Muzzy Izzet’s 68th-minute strike. Wycombe seal their place in history when trialist Roy Essandoh signed after answering an ad on Teletext heads the winner three minutes into injury time. Steve Brown is sent off for peeling off his shirt in celebration.

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