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BBC report from http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/3363779.stm

Gillingham 0-3 Sheff Utd

Paul Peschisolido scored a hat-trick as Sheffield United boosted their promotion challenge.

The Canadian international's left-foot finish from a Wayne Allison knock down opened the scoring before half-time.

Peschisolido doubled Gills advantage with a header, and completed his hat-trick just after the hour after another Allison header set him up.

The win sent the Blades back into third place four points behind leaders Norwich with a game in hand.

Gills came close to snatching an early lead when Mamady Sidibe forced Blades' keeper Patrick Kenny to save with his feet.

Allison could have openend the scoring for United mid-way through the first half, but the striker lifted the ball over the crossbar.

But Peschisolido's 38th-minute opener gave the Blades renewed confidence.

An early throw-in from Phil Jagielka found Allison in the area but the striker was unable to find a way past Nico Vaesen, but United did not have to wait long to score.

Jagielka's 58th-minute cross from the left found Michael Tonge unmarked, and the midfielder headed to Peschisolido, who made no mistake with his header.

Blades pressed for a third, and after Jack Lester's shot came back off the crossbar, Peschisolido completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute with Allison again the provider.

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Here is Espn Soccernet's match report of the game

Gillingham 0-3 Sheff Utd: FT Report


A Paul Peschisolido hat-trick gave Sheffield United a comfortable 3-0 win at Gillingham as they continue their push for promotion.

The Gills, who had handed a debut to striker Darius Henderson following his move from Reading, came close to snatching an early lead when Mamady Sidibe sprinted through the defence in the opening minute before forcing keeper Patrick Kenny to save with his feet.

Injuries up front for United meant a place for Wayne Allison alongside Peschisolido in the starting line-up and the latter soon found himself in space, but despite seeing off two defenders the final shot was poor and Gills keeper Nico Vaesen was able to deal with it comfortably.

United were the first to find another opening midway through the half when a cross from the left by Michael Tonge found Allison in the area. However, the striker was unable to control the ball and wasted his opportunity over the crossbar.

Gillingham then enjoyed chances of their own when both Henderson and Danny Spiller came close to netting the opener.

Yet in the 38th minute a Blades' attack saw Allison nod the ball to his strike partner Peschisolido, whose left-footed shot beat Vaesen to give the visitors the lead.

With the goal advantage, Neil Warnock's men were the first to settle after the interval when an early throw in from Phil Jagielka found Allison in the area but the striker was unable to find a way past Vaesen.

However, the opening signalled a spell of further pressure on Gillingham who found themselves two goals down after 58 minutes.

Jagielka's cross from the left found Tonge unmarked in the area, and with the midfielder able to head the ball across to Peschisolido, the striker made no mistake with a header of his own finding its way past the reach of Vaesen.

With confidence high, the Blades were now pressing for a third and Jack Lester came agonisingly close six minutes later when his shot came back off the crossbar.

The travelling fans did not have long to wait for another goal though as a minute later Peschisolido completed his hat-trick with Allison again providing the header on for his partner.

With the points already heading out of Priestfield Stadium, the Blades should have added a fourth to their tally in the last minute of the match but Lester, with only Vaesen to beat, failed to lift his shot over the keeper.

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Here is the Sky Sports Match Report

Gillingham 0 Sheffield United 3

Saturday, 10 January 2004



Sheffield United

Paul Peschisolido brought Gillingham back to the earth after their FA Cup heroics with a superb hat-trick to inspire Sheffield United to a 3-0 win at Priestfield.

The Canadian international was at his brilliant best to grab a magical treble to help Sheffield United keep pace with the leading two.

Gillingham should have broken the deadlock in the very first minute when Mamady Sidibe broke clear, but Paddy Kenny did well to block his shot.

Wayne Allison missed a glorious chance for the visitors on 26 minutes when he somehow headed Michael Tonge's cross over the bar with the goal gaping.

Danny Spiller struck the bar for Gillingham on 35 minutes before Peschisolido netted the opener on 38 minutes for The Blades latching onto Allison's flick-on to fire past Nico Vaesen.

Peschisolido added the second on 58 minutes firing home Tonge's header across the box from close-range before Jack Lester struck the post five minutes later.

The visitors wrapped up the win as Peschisolido completed a successful night for himself on 66 minutes with a near-post finish from Allison's flicked header.

Lester could have added to the lead late on only for Vaesen to block his effort as United moved to within five points of leaders Norwich.

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Peschisolido thanks Allison

Sheffield United hat-trick hero Paul Peschisolido has thanked strike-partner Wayne Allison for his part in the 3-0 win at Gillingham.

The Canadian hitman told the club's official website: "The Chief won flick ons all night and made my job a lot easier. It is important that you strike up a good partnership - we've both been here a while and we've played quite a bit together - albeit in the last 15 minutes of games."

Now Peschisolido is hoping for another start against West Ham in Saturday's televised game.

He added: "This season my ratio is very good, scoring in most of the games I've started in.

"I do my best every time and if the goals come then great. I'm not one of those players who go banging on the manager's door saying that I should be playing - all I do is work hard and hope the manager takes notice."

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