Sheffield United skipper Michael Doyle admits he will keep an eye out for the result of rivals Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Manchester City - in the hope that the two Steel City clubs can meet in the fourth round.
United, of course, have a Premier League hurdle of their own to overcome first, as they face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday.
The Irishman is by no means taking a win in the capital for granted, describing the tie against Harry Redknapp’s top-flight strugglers as a “really difficult” proposition.
But he added: “Obviously Wednesday have got City again [after their 7-0 win in the League Cup earlier this season] and it’s a tough one for them.
“But we showed last year that when you get results against these kind of sides, it generates massive support for the team and gets the club a lot of good publicity.
“So hopefully both can go on and get a scalp, and then get each other in next round.
“That would be great for the two clubs, the fans and the city.”
The two Steel City sides almost met last year in the FA Cup, but the Owls failed to beat Charlton and United reached the semi-finals at Wembley before falling 5-3 to Hull City in a thrilling tie.
“We haven’t really used Wembley as motivation,” Doyle added.
“We have a lot of new players from last season who missed out and although it was a brilliant memory and one to cherish for a long, long time, it’s been and gone now.
“Now we’ve got to aim to go one better. It was disappointing not to get to the final because we came so close but just ran out of steam.
“We want to win every game we play and the cup runs have been great but we take them for what they are, and our main focus is on the league. We want to put a run together there as soon as we can.”