Sheffield United: Blades braced for tough Dons test

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It might not have been the outcome either side wanted when the fourth round draw was made.

But Nigel Clough last night insisted that Sheffield United versus MK Dons boasts all the hallmarks of being an intriguing Capital One Cup tie.

“You never want to be playing someone from the same division as you,” Clough, the United manager said. “And I’m pretty sure that Karl Robinson would tell you exactly the same.

“Equally, from our perspective, we are away from home so that makes it more difficult. But where both of us will agree is that we want to go through and that is promises to be a very tough game.”

Only two positions and two points separate United, who climbed to fifth when they beat Crewe Alexandra last weekend, and Robinson’s seventh placed side in the League One table.

“Both of us will admit that our main objective is trying to get promotion,” Clough added. “But there’s no reason why winning this game should prove a barrier to that.

“We are on a good run of form and MK Dons, in my opinion, are probably the most improved team at our level. Certainly one of them anyway.

“They don’t concede many goals. They like to play football, the same as us, but they’ve really tightened-up at the back.”

Robinson is expected to name teenage sensation Dele Alli, who is being courted by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, in his starting eleven but Clough said: “We’ve got some excellent youngsters coming through ourselves and this could be a chance for them.”

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