Sheffield United: ‘We can make history’ says Scougall

Stefan Scougall battles with Harry Kane during the first leg at White Hart Lane
Stefan Scougall battles with Harry Kane during the first leg at White Hart Lane

Stefan Scougall is convinced his Sheffield United team mates can make history by beating Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough’s players enter the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against the visitors from London knowing they must overturn a 1-0 deficit to keep their dream of lifting the famous trophy alive.

But with a sell-out crowd set to descend upon Bramall Lane, Scougall said: “It’s all to play for. Anything is possible and it’s still all up for grabs.

“We’ve shown that ourselves recently and look at what happened in the FA Cup at the weekend with Middlesbrough and Bradford getting past Manchester City and Chelsea. Hopefully, on Wednesday, it’s our time again.”

United beat Aston Villa, Fulham and Nottingham Forest en route to the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season and have already beaten West Ham, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers in knockout competition this term.

Scougall added: “The place will be absolutely rocking. The fans will be right behind us through the whole game so hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.

“Hopefully Spurs will be in the exact same mood as Southampton were. They were a wee bit shell-shocked by how loud the fans are here and the atmosphere they can create.

“It gives you extra motivation, extra courage to put a performance on for the fans.

“It’s going to be a sell-out and that can only help us. It certainly helps me. We have courage, determination and the will to never give up.”

Spurs required a late penalty from Andros Townsend to prevail six days ago.

United have never contested the final of the League Cup but Scougall, the former Livingston midfielder, said: “There’s not much pressure on us. There’s nothing to lose and last Wednesday we showed there’s nothing to fear.

“We’ve got a confident group of boys and that transmits from the management team who show a lot of faith in us. We’re very comfortable as a group.

“A lot of people might have expected the tie to be over at this stage. We’ve proved over the last year and a bit that we relish these kinds of games.

“Every game we play we always try to have a go. It makes no difference to us.

“We know it’s going to be tough but let’s try and get 1-0 up in this one and take it from there.”

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