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Sheffield United: Matt Hill is braced for stern test against Vale

  • by James Shield Sheffield United
 

MATT Hill, the Sheffield United defender, has warned his team mates to expect a tough test when Port Vale visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie marks Micky Adams’ first return to the club he supported as a boy since failing to prevent it being relegated from the Championship nearly 20 months ago.

With Tom Pope, League Two’s leading goalscorer, expected to spearhead Vale’s attack, Hill said: “It’s going to be a hard-fought game for various different reasons but it’s one we are determined to win.

“Everyone will be expecting us to do it because we are a division higher but you can’t take anything for granted in this business and we don’t want to find ourselves on the end of a so-called shock result.

“You’ve only got to look at where they are in the division to know that they’re obviously a very strong and well organised team.

“We, though, like to think that’s what we are too.

“We’re always confident but never take anything for granted.”

Both United and Vale will be forced to reshuffle their starting elevens.

United’s Kevin McDonald is scheduled to miss the contest through suspension.

The midfielder collected his fifth caution of the campaign at Brentford on Saturday.

David McAllister will be hoping to partner Michael Doyle in the Scot’s absence.

Vale could be without defender Clayton McDonald who has failed to train since suffering an injury during their clash with Aldershot.

Danny Wilson, who took charge of United when Adams was relieved of his duties, has frequently spoken of his desire to “go as far as possible” in both FA Cup and JP Trophy competition.

United face League One rivals Coventry City in the latter three days after meeting Vale and Hill said: “It doesn’t matter what game it is, we want to win it.

“I don’t know a professional footballer who wouldn’t say exactly the same thing.

“If people think otherwise then they should have been in the dressing room at half-time in the previous (FA Cup) round (at Bristol Rovers) when we were losing.

“There wasn’t a row but they would know that we are serious about this and I think we showed exactly that when we came out and did what we did in the second half.”

United must rearrange their U21 fixture with Wigan after yesterday’s game at Shirecliffe was postponed for a second time.

Chris Morgan’s side’s entertain Huddersfield Town on December 3.

 

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