Jamie Murphy believes facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup semi-finals represents the greatest test of his Sheffield United career, writes James Shield.
But the former Scotland under-21 international, who has helped Nigel Clough’s side claim five Premier League scalps since the manager’s appointment 15 months ago, remains convinced it is one they can pass with flying colours after beating West Ham and Southampton en route to this evening’s first leg at White Hart Lane.
Murphy, a member of the United team which also reached the same stage of the FA Cup last season, said: “I think this is the toughest one yet.
“Tottenham have been in the Champions League recently, they’re in the Europa League now and it’s over two legs, which obviously makes it more difficult.
“But it’s a challenge that we are looking forward too.
“You want to be in these big games, it’s what you want as a footballer. If you need to build yourself up for a match like this then in the wrong business.
“It’s up to us to put pressure on ourselves to put in a good performance. We know Spurs are a great team but there’s no reason why we can’t.”
United, 18 points off the automatic promotion pace in League One, dispatched Aston Villa and Fulham in the FA Cup last term before being beaten by Hull City. They face Preston North End in the fourth round on Saturday before hosting the second-leg of their double header against Spurs next week.
“We are going down there to do the best we can,” Murphy said. “It’s dangerous to write us off. Even in the league, we’ll keep going to the end.
“Bramall Lane is like nowhere else when the place is rocking and the stands are full. That’s what we want, to come back and still have a chance of going through.
“Wembley (against Hull) was a great experience but the over-riding feeling afterwards was disappointment. We wanted to get to the FA Cup final and we want to get to this final too.”