Sheffield United: Skipper sounds FA Cup warning

Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle says character will be key � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sheffield United captain Michael Doyle says character will be key � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Michael Doyle has warned Sheffield United will find themselves on the wrong end of an FA Cup giant-killing if they deliver a complacent display at Abbey Stadium on Sunday, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough’s side face Conference leaders Cambridge United in the second round of the competition this weekend and Doyle, the visitors’ captain, said: “These are the games where, if you’re not completely at it, then you are going to get found out.

“You’ve got to relish these situations and these challenges. Be right ‘on it’ because character could well be the key.”

Cambridge, who overcame Bury in the previous round, have lost just once since August. United ensured a difficult start to the new League One campaign but travel south unbeaten in three.

Doyle, a member of the Leeds squad which humiliated Manchester United at the third round stage three years ago, continued: “That was third tier team beating one of the best in the country so it just goes to show what can happen in the cup.

“But there won’t be any problem, for me, with our attitude because there’s a good feeling around the place at the moment with everyone coming together.

“There’s just this sense that we’re all pulling in the same direction and that we’re a close knit team. There are lot of positives for us, coming out of a very important week with games against Bristol City, Walsall and Leyton Orient unbeaten.”

“Cambridge are obviously dangerous,” Doyle added. “They’re leading their division and I know a fair bit about (their manager) Richard Money.

“He wasn’t at Coventry when I was there but all of the lads who were spoke about him very highly. Likewise mates of mine who played under him at Walsall too.

“He gets his teams organised and, more importantly, winning games.”

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