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Togetherness is key

26 August 2014

Chris Basham says United's togetherness could help them pull off a Capital One Cup upset against West Ham United on Tuesday evening.

The versatile performer, who signed from Blackpool in the summer, has featured in midfield in his four league starts to date and he says the dressing room camaraderie at Bramall Lane is up there with the best.

Basham remarked: "There's a brilliant feeling around the camp now with those results (wins against Peterborough and Crawley). To be fair, it's been here from day one but it's even better now.

"I don't like to get too high when we win or too low when we lose but what makes me really excited is the togetherness here.

"Take Michael (Doyle) and Neill (Collins) for example. They're two experienced players who have come back into the team now but, when they were out at the start of the season, they were brilliant behind the scenes and giving everyone the right guidance.

"All the teams who do well need that type of togetherness, no matter who is playing.

"Let's hope all this works in our favour on Tuesday, because we are certainly hopefully of progressing to the next round, although understandably we are the underdogs are top-flight opposition."

The 26-year-old is also looking forward to seeing the former Bolton skipper whose boots Basham cleaned during their time together at the Reebok Stadium.

Basham, who also knows Hammers boss Sam Allardyce and defender Joey O'Brien, added: "Kevin (Nolan) was someone I really looked up to when we were at Bolton and he has gone on to have a very successful career at the top level with Newcastle and now West Ham.

"I must have been good at cleaning his boots because he always looked after me.

"I am disappointed we won't get the chances to play against each other, but hopefully I still get the chance to speak to him after the game."

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