Fans spur Blades on to a Cup comeback

Sheffield United fans getting ready for the Capital One Cup semi-final match on Wednesday at the Bramall Lane ground. Pictured is Kassim Ahmed.
Sheffield United fans getting ready for the Capital One Cup semi-final match on Wednesday at the Bramall Lane ground. Pictured is Kassim Ahmed.
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Cup fever has gripped the red and white half of the city as Sheffield United fans gear up to cheer on their heroes in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Blades fans have been sending good luck messages to The Star ahead of the crunch semi-final second leg clash against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

The atmosphere will be electric with a sell-out crowd of more than 30,000 expected at Bramall Lane.

United supporters are hoping their team can overturn the 1-0 deficit following last week’s game at White Hart Lane to see the club reach the final.

Avid Blades supporter Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, wished the team good luck.

He said: “I was at White Hart Lane last week to witness a fantastic performance.

“Sadly I have to be at Westminster tonight but I’ll be trying to catch it on television and getting updates from friends.

“Good luck Blades!”

Former Sports Minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn said: “It was a fantastic game at White Hart Lane and I hope we can overturn the one goal deficit to get into the final. All the very best to the Blades.”

Boxing coach Glyn Rhodes, a patron of Sheffield United’s Community Foundation, called for the players to give their all.

He said: “Go out there and do your best – that’s all you can do. Don’t leave anything in the changing room and on the training ground. Just go out and do your best!”

Jade Hewitt, who is representing Sheffield on TV talent show The Voice, will be performing at Bramall Lane before taking her seat in the stands.

She said: “I wish them all the luck in the world and want them to go out there and show what Sheffield steel is.

“I’m performing before the match in the Platinum Suite at the ground so hopefully I can get everyone in a pumped up mood for a great game.”

Coun Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council, said: “Although I may be a Wednesday fan myself, I come from a family of Blades supporters and know that there is more than enough room for two great football teams in Sheffield.

“I’d like to wholeheartedly wish the Blades good luck in their tie against Spurs at Bramall Lane.

“It would be absolutely fantastic if they could go all the way to Wembley, and I will be there to cheer them on, to see them bring the Capital One Cup home to Sheffield.”

On Twitter, United supporters were tweeting their messages of luck to the players.

Kevin Gascoigne wrote: “50 odd years of waiting and hoping – it’s our time. Blades give it everything you’ve got – we believe in you.”

And Keith Wall wrote: “Just wish all in red and white all the very best and do not leave anything on the pitch.”

The final is at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, March 1.

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