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Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United relishing technical Tottenham challenge

Fans grumble about life in League One but the Capital One Cup semi-final against Spurs gives United another chance to test themselves against a side that Clough says are a better match for their style
• Clough adds deserved win at QPR to list of cup scalps

In the aftermath of the club’s 3-0 win away at Premier League Queen’s Park Rangers in the FA Cup, Sheffield United’s in-house TV station asked Nigel Clough whether his side would actually perform better in the Championship than they are in League One. “That’s a distinct possibility,” came the reply. It sounds an odd response from the manager of a club struggling to hold a spot in the third tier’s play-off places, but equally he could have been forgiven had he asked why the questioner had restricted his sights to only one league above.

Since Clough arrived at Bramall Lane in October 2013 his record against Premier League sides in cup competitions reads P7 W5 D1 L1 F12 A8, with five of those goals conceded coming in one game, last season’s 5-3 defeat against Hull City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Four of those five wins have come away from home.

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