Paul Peschisolido says another Sheffield United player deserves more stick for missing in the 2003 FA Cup semi-final.
Peschisolido played his part in arguably one of the greatest saves of all time during that game.
Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, who was 40-years-old at the time, famously clawed a header from the striker off the line.
“It should have gone in,” Peschisolido told The Sheff United Way podcast.
“It’s just going a little bit behind me, in my defence. So I’ve got to pull my head back to get the power. I’ve done that, got contact on it – maybe a little too much – and it’s going into the back of the net.
“We’re going to win this game, guaranteed. But instead this big massive hand somehow claws it out. Still to this day I don’t know how he’s done it, because it was in.”
The other Sheffield United player who deserves stick according to Peschisolido
The Gunners went on to win the match 1-0 and reach the final. Peschisolido’s header is remembered as the “what if” moment.
But the Canadian says a miss from Phil Jagaielka – which he blazed over the bar – was possibly worse than his.
“Everyone always forgets Jaggy’s absolute sitter. Everyone always said I missed it, but at least I got it on target. He almost put it over the back of the stand,” Peschisolido joked.
“Unfortunately, out of all the goals I scored – and I thought I had a pretty decent career – I’m remembered as the guy who missed a header against David Seaman.”
Peschisolido spent three years at Bramall Lane following a successful loan spell and is always fondly remembered by fans.
While that miss may be more widely well known, among Blades supporters it’s a goal he scored which is forever recalled.
In the Division One playoff semi-final against Nottingham Forest that same season, Peschisolido came off the bench to score.
Trailing by two goals in the tie, United came back to draw level. Peschisolido then put them ahead, leading to now iconic celebrations.
They would lose the final to Wolverhampton Wanderers and he left a year later.
But that goal has sealed his legendary status – even if he probably hears about the Seaman save more.