Sheffield United 3 Torquay United 2: Evans rescues Blades’ Cup hopes

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Two goals from Ched Evans eased Sheffield United into the third round of the FA Cup.

Richard Cresswell was back after recovering from a stomach injury.

Cresswell came in for Chris Porter in the only change to the team which beat Chesterfield last time out.

After an emotional tribute to former player and manager Gary Speed, United were soon on the backfoot in the game and fell behind after just three minutes.

Kevin Nicholson flighted the ball in and Rene Howe was on hand to tap the ball into the net in front of an empty Kop.

United improved after the break and two goals in as many minutes turned the game on its head.

There was a touch of fortune with Mark Ellis’s own goal, but the second from Ched Evans was pure class.

The Wales striker drove at the heart of the visitors’ defence on his right foot, before switching the ball to his left and hammering home from 25 yards.

The game was now over and Evans added a third goal for the hosts, although Danny Stevens netted a late consolation.

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