Sheffield United: Jamie Murphy only looking forward as he looks to fire Blades into play-offs

Jamie Murphy, left, equalises for the Blades at Oldham. Photo: Blades Sports Photography
Jamie Murphy, left, equalises for the Blades at Oldham. Photo: Blades Sports Photography
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Exactly 12 months earlier, he was helping Sheffield United in their attempt to make history at Wembley by reaching the FA Cup final.

But yesterday, as he faced the media ahead of tonight’s trip to the slightly less glamarous Huish Park, Blades winger Jamie Murphy was only looking forward.

“I’m looking forward to going down there,” the Scottish winger - rated a slight doubt for the clash with relegated Yeovil, according to boss Nigel Clough - told The Star.

“I’ve played once there before - in the play-off semi-final two years ago - when we got beat. That’s still fresh in the memory; we felt we could have won it, we didn’t and Yeovil did well to reach the Championship that year.

“But that’s long gone now and we’re going down there to focus on the here and now, and try and clinch our place in the play-offs.

“Until it’s mathematically secure, we won’t get carried away but three points at Yeovil will certainly help us.”

That defeat at Huish Park in May 2013 - with a squad including the likes of Joe Ironside, Dave Kitson and Danny Higginbotham - was United’s last taste of play-off action.

But they are no stranger to the big occasion; since, they have beaten Premier League opponents Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham and Southampton, and reached the semi-finals of both major cup competitions.

“We’re playing a team with nothing to play for, which can be dangerous,” Murphy added.

“Sometimes games like these can prove the toughest.

“We have to be ready for what they will offer and then hopefully our quality will shine through. We have to focus on ourselves, win our games and secure our play-off place as soon as possible.

“If we can do that, getting on a good run ahead of the play-offs can only help us as it generates momentum.

“If we can’t do that, it won’t hamper us of course; play-off games are cup games and we’ve shown what we can do.

“But if we get there, we have as good a chance as anyone; whether you finish third or sixth. It’s all about what happens on the night.

“But we need to get there first. Then, we know how to prepare for what the play-offs bring.”

Yeovil were relegated last weekend but Murphy is still anticpating a difficult test: “They’re professional players so they have their own pride, and they’ll want to show what they can do against us,” the winger said.