Quinn confident Blades can shock leaders

Stephen Quinn
Stephen Quinn

STEPHEN Quinn last night insisted Sheffield United are not daunted by the prospect of locking horns with Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers.

United travel to the capital this evening 22nd in the table - seven points adrift of safety – looking to become only the second team to beat Neil Warnock’s side on home soil in the league since August.

Warnock, who guided the visitors into the Premier League five years ago, has warned his players not to take Micky Adams’ team lightly.

And Quinn agreed, saying: “I don’t think we should fear them. Why should we?

“We’ve just beaten two teams – Leeds and Nottingham Forest – who are right up there in the table and so that proves what we are capable of doing.

“Yes, of course we know it’s going to be a really tough game. But Neil knows what we’re like too. He knows that we’re going to try and make it as difficult for them as we possibly can and we’ve got that character which means we’ll never give-up.

“It’s an important game for both ourselves and QPR. Of course there’s pressure on us but there’s going to be a lot of pressure on them too. Make no mistake about that.”

Adams, who was appointed as Gary Speed’s permanent successor in December, has also remained bullish about United’s chances of causing an upset in front of the television cameras at Loftus Road.

Indeed, he was still in charge of Port Vale when the League Two club won a Carling Cup tie there in August.

United will be returning to action for the first time since beating their Yorkshire rivals 2-0 last month.

“In a perfect world, we’d have had a match straight after that one,” added Quinn. “It’s seems like we’ve been waiting ages but we’re in a positive frame of mind and hopefully we can channel that frustration the right way.

“But we’ve also been able to put in a lot of really good work on the training ground.”

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