Nigel Clough believes Blades supporters can help propel his team to Wembley when they host Tottenham in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg next week.
Andros Townsend’s penalty ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s side will enter Wednesday’s contest with a slender advantage following last night’s opening instalment.
But Clough, who admitted his players were “disappointed not to have come away with a draw,” warned: “You heard the noise out there that 4,000 of our fans made,” Clough said. “Well, just think what it’s going to be like when we’ve got another 20,000 or so of them there.
“Can that make a difference? Of course it can.
“If we stay in the game, if we perform with the same desire and work ethic, which I’m sure we will, then the atmosphere they are going to create should be amazing. That’s what we want and, although we know how tough it’s going to be, having something like that in our favour could be the difference. You just never, ever know.”
Referee Neil Swarbrick, who Clough acknowledged was correct to punish Jay McEveley for the handball which allowed Townsend to score, had earlier been forced to delay kick-off by 15 minutes after United’s team bus was caught in traffic.
“It took us longer to go a few miles, from our hotel in Islington, than it did to get from Sheffield to London,” Clough said. “We hadn’t told the lads the team beforehand and a few of them found it out via the television which wasn’t exactly ideal but it didn’t cause us any great problems. There was nothing to get excited or worried about to be fair.”