BLADES VIDEO: United ace eyes up Wembley return

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Centre-back Neill Collins would love to go back to Wembley following a “tough season” with Sheffield United.

Nigel Clough’s men entertain Charlton Athletic on Sunday lunchtime aiming to become the the first third-tier side since Wycombe Wanderers in 2001 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. A last four place at Wembley is at stake.

MK Dons v Sheffield United   1.3.14'pic : Martyn Harrison'Neill Collins  - Sheffield United applauds the fans''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

MK Dons v Sheffield United 1.3.14'pic : Martyn Harrison'Neill Collins - Sheffield United applauds the fans''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

United last played at the FA’s headquarters in May 2012, losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final.

Collins, one of the survivors from that showpiece occasion, said: “It would be fantastic (to go back to Wembley). It would be great as it has been a tough season for everyone in terms of results.”

The whole-hearted defender is looking forward to playing in front of a sell-out crowd at Bramall Lane this weekend.

“The atmosphere at Bramall Lane in the last few games has been fantastic and that’s what everyone wants to play in front of,” he said. “Everyone wants to play in front of big crowds when they cheer you on and hopefully we will give them something to cheer about.”

Although United have won eight on the spin in all competitions, a run which has helped them move up to 10th in the table, eight points shy of the play-off placings, Collins reckons the top-six is probably out of their reach.

“To be honest, I think we’ve probably left it [promotion] too late but we’ve got to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season,” he said.

Collins has been instrumental in United keeping seven shut-outs in their last eight outings.

He said: “It is always great to keep clean sheets. I think we have deserved a lot more clean sheets than we’ve had this season.

“It’s been nice to get them but I don’t care if we win 5-4 on Sunday!”