Sheffield United: Fulham told to expect hostile reception at the Lane

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
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Fulham have been warned not to expect the red carpet treatment when they visit Sheffield United in the FA Cup this weekend, writes James Shield.

Instead Nigel Clough, the League One club’s manager, vowed his team will try and make life as uncomfortable as possible for Rene Meulensteen’s team during Sunday’s fourth round tie.

Citing camaraderie and togetherness as two of the most potent weapons in United’s armoury, Clough told The Star: “There’s a good spirit among the group now. I think that’s plain to see.

“We’re working with smaller, more manageable numbers now which means it’s easier for that to develop among the group.

“Plus, at the same time, it also makes things a lot more easier to organise on the training ground where they’ve been doing a lot of hard work.”

“We want to make life as hard as possible for our opponents,” Clough added. “It’s goes without saying why that’s important and we want it to be the case every single game.

“Whatever anyone gets against us, they are going to have to work for.”

Clough, meanwhile, has praised United’s under-18’s for reaching the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup following Monday night’s victory at Millwall on penalties.

Travis Binnion’s side, who also beat Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers on spot-kicks in previous rounds, will entertain Everton next month.

“There has now been three great away victories in the FA Youth Cup, which mirrors the first-team’s progress in the FA Cup,” Clough said. “The win at Millwall was also the third victory on penalties this season, which shows the young lads can hold their nerve when it counts.”

“Another bonus for us was that we got to see Diego (De Girolamo) in competitive action which made the trip to London all the more worthwhile,” Clough added. “Everyone at the academy deserves credit.”