FA CUP hero Shaun Miller has insisted success in knockout competition can help drive Sheffield United towards promotion.
Miller, who scored twice during the closing stages of Saturday’s match with Port Vale to set-up a third round tie against either Accrington Stanley or Oxford United, made his bold claim ahead of tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Coventry City.
With Blades manager Danny Wilson revealing that several players collected injuries during a hard-fought encounter, some observers have claimed it would be a mistake not to focus solely on trying to secure a top two finish in League One.
But with United fourth in the table - three points behind leaders Tranmere Rovers - Miller said: “There’s nothing better than winning games. The more you win the better you feel.
“The FA Cup is a massive tournament and we want to go as far in it as we possibly can. The same goes for the JPT.
“It’s another chance to do well in a cup and it’s a cup that we can win. That’s what we’ll be trying to do because every time we go out there onto the pitch we give it everything we’ve got.
“It makes no sense to me to do anything else.”
United, who are away from home in the next round, seemed destined for defeat when Tom Pope edged Port Vale into a first-half lead.
But Miller pounced in the 90th and 94th minutes to ensure it was Wilson’s charges who progressed instead.
“We used our brains rather than brawn,” he said. “The lads didn’t get disappointed and tried to keep the ball on the ground.”
Nevertheless, victory came at a price with Neill Collins among those doubtful for the visit to the Ricoh Arena.
“Neill was sick on the pitch,” Wilson said. “He was sick beforehand as well but credit to him, he went out there and tried to give it a go.
“I could tell he wasn’t right though because he wasn’t his usual self, going up for corners and the like.
“We were going to give him five minutes or so at the start of the second-half and see how he was but he couldn’t carry on.”