Sheffield United: Wallace wants to be a Blades history-maker

Sheffield United midfielder James Wallace � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United midfielder James Wallace � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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James Wallace has revealed he wants to create his own piece of Bramall Lane history ahead of this evening’s Capital One Cup tie at MK Dons, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United midfielder admitted last night that he watched April’s FA Cup semi-final between Hull City and Nigel Clough’s side two months before completing a transfer from Tranmere Rovers to South Yorkshire.

And Wallace, whose best friend Jose Baxter opened the scoring for United at Wembley, told The Star: “I was there in the crowd that day and what an occasion it was. I want to experience something like that myself and that’s why we want to go as far in this competition as we possibly can.

“I went to watch because Jose is my mate and so it was great to see him become the first Sheffield United player to score at the new stadium. That’s something nobody, come what may, can ever take away from him and it would be a great to be a part of something similar now.

“Even as a neutral, that occasion was brilliant to be a part of. Obviously I’m not a neutral now as far as Sheffield United are concerned and so I’ll be going into this match doing everything I can to make sure we get through.”

United have beaten Mansfield Town, West Ham and Leyton Orient en route to tonight’s fourth round tie. Their opponents, who are two places below them in the League One table, dispatched Manchester United 4-0 earlier in the competition.

“We are a big club and a club like Sheffield United, as far as I’m concerned, should be getting through to the later stages of these tournaments,” Wallace said. “If you want to be successful, if you want to be talked about then that’s what you’ve got to do.

“If we can win this one then there’s the chance that we’re going to come up against one of the really big names from the top-flight and what an experience that would be.

“The amount of self-belief we got, especially when we put West Ham out, was different class. So I don’t buy the idea that cups get in the way of trying to get promotion or anything like that.

“Winning games, no matter what the setting is, can only have a positive effect. In any case, being involved in something like the lads here were last season is why you work hard to become a footballer when you are young, it’s the type of thing that you dream about.”

Wallace added: “I think people are noticing that we’re slipping into gear and building as a team now. Psychologically that can make a huge difference too.”

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