The architect of the greatest comeback in its recent history believes Bramall Lane will witness another magical moment tonight, writes James Shield.
Paul Peschisolido, whose goal against Nottingham Forest in the 2003 Championship play-offs saw Sheffield United overturn a 3-1 deficit, told The Star his former club are equipped to cause an even greater upset by beating Tottenham Hotspur and reaching the final of the Capital One Cup.
Nigel Clough’s side enter match trailing 1-0 following last week’s first leg in north London but Peschisolido said: “I think United are going to do it, I’m absolutely convinced of that. I think they’re going to win the game 1-0 and then go through in extra-time.”
Peschisolido, who made 102 appearances for United, insisted his prediction is based on firm evidence rather than fiction.
With a sell-out crowd set to watch the semi-final second leg, the Canadian added: “I know what it’s like playing in front of those fans and, believe me, when they’re right behind you it makes you feel like superman.
“Seriously, that is one of the biggest reasons why I think United will go through. Never, ever underestimate the power of those fans and the difference they can make to a team.
“I had a reputation for being a supersub and when Wayne Allison or myself used to start warming-up, you could feel the electricity crackling through the stadium.
“Everyone used to feed-off that. There was just this sense that something was going to happen.”
United also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season and Peschisolido, who was appointed Clough’s permanent successor at Burton Albion six years ago, said: “I’ve inherited a team from Nigel and so that gave me a real insight into the type of players he likes. They are all strong characters, good professionals who will do what it takes and who, no matter how they play, are not going to mentally crack.
“You can see that from the run United have had in the cups lately. It’s not a surprise to see them do well anymore, it’s just the norm.
“And the experiences they had on their way to Wembley last season is going to serve them well again. Because, make no mistake, these are be mentally and physically draining occasions due to the investment you make.”