Sheffield United: Back to business for the Blades

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants everyone focused on Carlisle
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants everyone focused on Carlisle
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There will have been sore heads and hoarse throats aplenty, writes James Shield.

But, when FA Cup semi-finalists Sheffield United resumed training yesterday, manager Nigel Clough ensured it was business as usual behind the scenes at the Redtooth Academy.

United, who face Hull City at Wembley next month following Sunday’s victory over Charlton Athletic, return to League One action when Carlisle visit Bramall Lane tonight and Clough said: “They will fancy their chances. They’ll be hoping its an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ type of occasion for us and we have to be very aware of that.

“It’s something we’ve already spoken about among ourselves because we don’t want that to happen. We want our good results to continue for as long as possible and that’s the next challenge for us.”

United will record their 10th straight victory in all competitions if they beat Graham Kavanagh’s side and Clough added: “That’s not something you get the opportunity to achieve very often so the incentive for us is very clear.

“We’re not safe yet but we’ve been on a great run and we want that to continue.

“The euphoria of getting to the semi-finals was arguably greater on Monday than after the match itself. Sometimes it takes a while to sink in but now we have another very important game coming up.

“Of course we let the lads celebrate what they’d done but they’re professionals and the next match is always the most important.”