Sheffield United: ‘Cup success can bring us closer together’ says boss

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough has predicted Sheffield United’s giant-killing exploits in the Capital One Cup could mark a turning point in the League One club’s season, writes James Shield.

United stunned Southampton on Tuesday evening when they reached the semi-finals of a major domestic knockout competition for the second time in the space of eight months.

And, after watching their progress into the closing stages of the FA Cup last season galvanise performances at Bramall Lane, Clough told The Star: “Hopefully the same thing will happen again. That what we’ve achieved against so-called bigger names can have a positive effect on what we do in the league.

“Back then, getting to the semis (of the FA Cup) did wonders for our belief and confidence. It brought everyone, players and supporters, together as a group.

“When that happens, it makes you a real force to be reckoned with.”

United, who beat Aston Villa and Fulham en route to April’s Wembley showpiece against Hull City, enter tomorrow’s meeting with Walsall fifth in the table.

Clough said: “We’re building from a much stronger base than last time when we were in the relegation zone so that’s a real plus point.”