Football: JOE'S BOYS SUNK BY A PESKY SUB; Sheff United 4 Ipswich 3

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Football: JOE'S BOYS SUNK BY A PESKY SUB; Sheff United 4 Ipswich 3

Byline: Alan NIXON

SUB Paul Peschisolido scrambled the last-gasp winner that saved Sheffield United from suffering at the hands of one of the greatest comebacks in recent times.

Canadian Pesch joined the drama with just a few minutes to go and popped up to turn in a close-range shot amid some defensive chaos and added a final twist to a stunning tie.

Ipswich had somehow scored three times in four minutes to come back from the dead and be within seconds of a replay they had clutched at from nowhere.

In a game that defied logic, United had been 3-0 ahead and coasting before Joe Royle's masterstroke of sending on flying sub Darren Bent.

The youngster's pace put new life into his side and the game, helping to create the atmosphere that produced the super-fast scoring spree.

Tommy Gaardsoe curled in a shot from the edge of the box which had all the look of a consolation until dazzling Darren and his pals pounced.

It was definitely game-on as Tommy Miller was then brought down in the box and got up to coolly slot home the spot-kick.

And the astonishing happened as Darren Bent streaked away before keeping his head to slot home a marvellous third goal to turn the contest completely on its head.

Until that rapid-fire run of goals, United had been comfortably on their way to the fifth round in a game that was a personal triumph for their unsung hero in midfield.

Birthday boy Michael Brown - 26 yesterday - turned on the kind of mature display that makes him one of the best midfielders around.

And it was especially sweet as Royle let Brown leave Manchester City as a young, wild child - a decision that eventually came back to haunt him yesterday.

Brown was one of the more experienced United players in an under-strength team and he took the game by storm with his third and fourth crucial goals in four matches.

Midfield side-kick Stuart McCall played in Brown with a neat pass, he chipped the ball up and pinged a lovely shot into the corner in the 19th minute.

It was the opener Neil Warnock's men needed against an Ipswich outfit with a run of nine games unbeaten behind them and the early play finely balanced.

Brown's skill and desire summed up the Yorkshiremen's attitude. They have become a decent team this season even if this was a weakened side.

The Blades were blunted from the team that ran Liverpool so close with keeper Paddy Kenny and striker Wayne Allison rested, Shaun Murphy missing, Michael Tonge suspended and Dean Windass cup-tied.

But on the pitch they had the edge for the first hour in cup tie attitude.

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