English Premiership

Sheffield out to beat Spurs

2015-01-20 14:21
Nigel Clough (Getty Images)
Nigel Clough (Getty Images)

London - Sheffield United are aiming to beat a Premier League side for the fourth time this season when they meet Tottenham Hotspur in their Capital One (League) Cup semi-final on Wednesday and have no intention of going soft on their rivals.

The League One (third tier) club knocked West Ham United, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers out in earlier rounds and Spurs could become their sixth top flight victims in a year following FA Cup wins last season over Aston Villa and Fulham.

Since Nigel Clough - whose father Brian was the losing manager when Spurs beat Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final - took over in November 2013, the Blades have lost just once in 17 Cup matches.

They have not been as successful in League One where they are battling for a place in the playoffs, and come to London for the first leg of the semi-final having lost 1-0 to Milton Keynes Dons at the weekend.

Although they are seventh in the table, 18 points behind leaders Swindon Town, their attacking midfielder Jose Baxter says the Blades will be out to cut Spurs down to size from the kick-off.

Baxter, who made seven Premier League appearances for Everton before leaving in 2012, told reporters: "Once you beat the big teams your confidence grows.

"They will be wary because we have knocked a few big teams out," adding Spurs will not relish their physical approach.

"Marc McNulty, our striker, against Southampton was a prime example. We were just clipping the ball down the channels for him to get into their centre halves and I think they were a bit shocked by that.

"They don't really get that in the Premier League, everything is into feet and nice. They don't really touch each other, they aren't used to getting barged about, people in their faces, kicking them and not helping them up when they get kicked. It works for us.

"There's a lot of 'matey, matey' in the Premier League," he said.

"I've got a couple of mates in football, but I don't like it at all - hugging and kissing each other before games and all that. They're nice, they don't want to get kicked and they're all great, technical players.

"It's just when they come to play us and we give them a few kicks, they don't like it."

The second leg is at Bramall Lane on Jan.28 with the winners meeting either Chelsea or Liverpool in the final at Wembley on March 1.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.