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Football: LAWRIE'S DON IT AGAIN: Wycombe2 Wolves 1; This time he's the happy Wanderer as hero Parkin just the ticket.


LAWRIE SANCHEZ knows all about FA Cup heroics - he stunned the football world when heading the Wimbledon winner that cut down mighty Liverpool at Wembley in 1988.

And yesterday miracle-worker Sanchez was at it again, plotting the downfall of Wolves with a dramatic victory that sent his little Wycombe side into the record books.

Sanchez knows that the chances of Wycombe emulating Dons and landing the FA Cup are on a par with Elvis being found alive on the moon.

But the Wanderers chief was delighted merely to upset the odds yesterday and haul his Division Two side into the FA Cup fifth round, the furthest in Wycombe history.

And Sanchez, perhaps one of the most famous names in the annals of giant-killing, was ready to bow the knee last night to Wycombe's newest hero, Sam Parkin.

Parkin, on loan from Chelsea, struck the winner five minutes from time to send the capacity Wycombe crowd wild.

Manager Sanchez was quick to praise the hero he took on loan without ever seeing him play. "He came highly recommended," said Sanchez. "He's done well and I'm delighted for him.

"He's got another month with us and that's as far as it goes for the moment.

"But credit to Chelsea. They hadn't wanted him to play in previous rounds of the Cup but when we asked permission to play him this time they agreed and we're grateful."

Sanchez hailed all his side as heroes. "I said before the game that it would be a day for glory and heroes and the lads can all revel in it tomorrow. They deserve it."

Yet goal hero Parkin didn't know whether to laugh or cry last night.

After being mobbed by fans and team-mates following his 85th-minute winner, he had the smile wiped off his face when he heard that his own QPR heroes had been stuffed 6-0 by Arsenal.

"I'll be a bit upset when I watch that on telly tonight," he admitted. "But all in all this makes up for it."

Now Parkin, who was only given last-minute permission to play by his club Chelsea, is hoping Wycombe won't draw his old team-mates in the next round because he won't be eligible.

But whatever happens, this was Parkin's - and Wycombe's - day of glory. He had never ever played in an FA Cup game before.

Parkin, who will have to go back to Chelsea reserves when his loan expires next month, stole the show five minutes from time with a wonder header that knocked the stuffing out of Wolves.

"I've always had confidence in my ability, but I have never even travelled with the Chelsea first team," he said. "Lawrie has shown faith in me and today I repaid him."

Parkin's only regret was that his mum Laura was the only member of his family there to see his heroics. "All the rest support QPR and were at Loftus Road," he revealed. "I'll bet they'll be a bit gutted tonight.

Veteran striker Andy Rammell's first-half goal set Wycombe on the way to their historic triumph.

Rammell, a pounds 75,000 signing who has seen service at outposts like Barnsley, Walsall and Hartlepool, pounced after Wolves defender Joleon Lescott had cleared his first effort off the line.

When Carl Robinson crept up to head home a second-half equaliser the prospect of a giant-killing seemed to be diminishing. But Wolves took their foot off the pedal, seemed to settle for a draw, and paid the price.

With time ticking away Wycombe's other second-half substitute Steve Brown got away on the right and when Wolves failed to cut out his cross, man of the moment Parkin was in the right place to power home his header and fire Wycome into the record books.

WYCOMBE: Taylor 6 - Rogers 6, Cousins 7, McCarthy (wdrn) 7 Vinnicombe 6 - Bulman 6, Simpson 7, Lee (wdrn) 7-Baird (wdrn) 7, Rammell 7, Brady 7. Subs: Bates 7, Brown 7, *PARKIN 7.

WOLVES: Stowell 7 - Emblem 6, Pollett 7, Lescott 7, Naylor 7 - *BRANCH 8, Robinson 7, Osborne (wdrn) 6 Andrew (wdrn) 6 , Simpson 7 - Proudlock 6. Subs: Ndah 6. Green 6. Ref: P Danson 7.


RAM IT HOME...Rammell fires Wycombe into the lead amid a crowd of players during yesterday's FA Cup shock; CUP TOAST... Parkin and Rammell celebrate victory with assistant boss Terry Gibson and (left) Wycombe mob goal-hero Andy Rammell
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2001
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