Blades told to fight fire with fire

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants a positive approach at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants a positive approach at the Abbey Stadium tomorrow

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Nigel Clough has challenged his players to prove a point against Cambridge United after opening a new front in the psychological war surrounding tomorrow’s FA Cup second round tie, writes James Shield.

Richard Money’s side, four points clear at the top of the Conference and boasting an unblemished record at home this term, yesterday cranked-up the pressure on Sheffield United by insisting they do not fear the visitors from Bramall Lane.

But Clough, speaking ahead of the televised encounter, said: “We are probably the draw everyone wanted. I’m not being conceited but we are probably the biggest club left in at this stage.

“We are under no illusions. The game is being shown live on television because people are expecting an upset so, what we have to do, is go out there and make sure that’s not the case.

“We will make our players aware of that and have prepared in exactly the same manner we would for any away fixture in League One.”

Clough added: “Attitude could be the key. We are potentially one step away from a huge pay day ourselves and it’s not our principle to field anything other than the strongest team available.”

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