After the weekend’s fantastic win against Nottingham Forest to set up the possibility of a Steel City FA Cup Quarter Final clash with Neighbours Sheffield Wednesday and in the process becoming the lowest rank side to reach this stage in twenty four years. United will lock horns with Gillingham on Wednesday evening.
Sunday was a perfect example as to why I think Sheffield United as a club could, and most likely should be a Premier League outfit.
Bramall Lane was rocking and although it wasn’t the most scintillating football on show, Clough’s men put in a very brave, resistant and hardworking performance in.
The atmosphere created by the 25,000+ fans that turned up throughout the game was top class and this wonderful Cup run has only highlighted the importance of the final third of United’s league campaign.
Imagine if the unthinkable happened and United were plying their trade in the bottom tier of the football league come next August.
Not only harming the Blades footballing status in England but the financial implications are nearly unthinkable, even with Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad at the helm.
The Blades must turn their attention towards their midweek clash Gillingham, who themselves are recently revitalised under former England Caretaker boss Peter Taylor.
The long trip down to the only Kent based club in the football league could be just as important as a similar trip down to Wembley if United can navigate past the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
The players may have been pushed to their limits against a good Nottingham Forest side, but Clough will hope momentum can play its part against The Gills.
Three points is a must for the Blades as they will look to avenge the 2-1 defeat in November when the two teams previously clashed.
Gillingham have won the last 3 games and only lost 1 in 7 at Priestfield Stadium.
The Blades must put in a performance to stop their dreadful away form in the league as they have only won 1 of their last 19 away matches; a record which stretches back to last season. A player that Nigel Clough will look to on Wednesday evening is Stefan Scougall, who caused Forest some real problems at the weekend.
Let’s hope that United can use this FA Cup run as a springboard to get themselves out of any relegation danger.