Sheffield United: Blades ace Jamie Murphy relishing Spurs Capital One Cup semi-final

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Winger Jamie Murphy insists that Sheffield United will show no fear in their Capital One Cup quarter-semi-final against Premier League giants Spurs next month, after Tuesday’s thrilling victory over Southampton.

Nigel Clough’s side booked their place in their second successive major cup semi-final by beating Southampton, courtesy of Marc McNulty’s close-range strike.

Jamie Murphy

Jamie Murphy

And after being paired with Spurs in the last-four draw, Scottish winger Murphy said: “We’re in the semi-finals of the League Cup so we were always going to be drawn against a good team, but I’m sure Spurs won’t fancy coming to Bramall Lane with our record against top-flight teams.

“Hopefully in the home leg, we can put on another good performance - with the crowd behind us, spurring us on. When we go away, who knows what can happen?

“Don’t get me wrong, we’re under no illusions that it’ll be a really difficult test. But we won’t go into it with any fear and we’ll be looking forward to it.”

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Murphy, who starred in United’s run to the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley earlier this year, added: “It was a special feeling at the end, when Doyler [captain Michael Doyle] called us into a huddle and then we turned around and celebrated in front of the Kop, with all the fans going mad.

“Players are just like supporters; they remember memorable occasions like this for years, and this was certainly special. But hopefully it won’t be the last big night at Bramall Lane this season.”

Manager Clough said: “We are hoping the cup run can have a similar effect to last season. It would be lovely if it could galvanise us.

“But it is important we get some league points on the board before our FA Cup game with QPR, and we have three games before then. So our attention now turns to Walsall this weekend.”