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Neill's cup hopes

27 November 2012

Neill Collins insists the Blades will be going all out for the win on Saturday, to secure a spot in the third round of the FA Cup.

United progressed to the fourth round last season, enjoying the luxury of three home draws en route, and Collins believes a win over League Two promotion contenders Port Vale would give everyone a lift after just one win in four matches in League One:

"The FA Cup was a good springboard for our league form last season; we beat Oxford, Torquay and Salisbury and really kicked on in the league.

"We need to win at the weekend and put ourselves in the hat for the third round and in turn that will boost the confidence of the players.

"It doesn't really matter how we achieve the victory, although it would be nice to put in a good performance after last Saturday's defeat at Brentford.

"Port Vale are doing really well in League Two, but we couldn't have asked for anything more than a home tie."

The weekend's clash against the Valiants sees Micky Adams return to S2 for the first time since leaving after the Blades were relegated from the Championship and United's Scottish defender has praised his former boss for what he has achieved since returning to Staffordshire.

Collins added: "Unfortunately things didn't work out for Micky here a couple of seasons ago, but I will always be grateful to him for bringing me to Sheffield United.

"He has proved at Vale Park what a good manager he is and with him being a Unitedite it will be extra special for him coming back.

"He has worked tremendously hard and put some of his own money in so he definitely deserves the success he is enjoying at the present time."

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