Marc McNulty admits to feeling a pang of jealously whenever veterans of Sheffield United’s FA Cup campaign last season regale the dressing room with their well-worn Wembley tales, writes James Shield.
Which is why the former Livingston centre-forward, who arrived in South Yorkshire two months after Nigel Clough’s side reached the semi-finals of the tournament, will enter tonight’s match with Leyton Orient intent on creating another piece of history at Bramall Lane.
“All the new lads, myself included, know what we missed out on back then,” McNulty, speaking ahead of United’s Capital One Cup third round tie, said. “Which is why we want some more of that, to experience it for ourselves.
“It’s great listening to the lads who were here then talk about it. You can tell what a massive buzz for them it was. But there’s nothing better than actually tasting it for yourself.”
McNulty was one of the stars of United’s victory over West Ham in the previous round, scoring the third of five well-taken penalties as they advanced on spot-kicks. He opened his League One account at Swindon Town last weekend.
The 22-year-old said: “Experiencing what it was like down there, celebrating with the fans at the end, just makes you even more hungry to have a good run in the cups. That’s what everyone here wants to do, it’s the mindset the boys have got which, for me, can only be a good thing.
“The gaffer made sure we had a really tough pre-season and so I think that should stand us in good stead for situations like this.”