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George eyes further Villa Park glory

3 January 2014

George Long, who has already tasted victory as a Blade at Villa Park, insists United mustn't fear their Premiership opponents in Saturday's FA Cup third round clash.

The 20-year-old stopper provided an unbreakable last line of defence as United won at Villa Park in the FA Youth Cup semi-final tie, en route to the final against Manchester United in 2011.

Now over two years on, Long is targeting a cup upset for Nigel Clough's improving Blades. When asked how the players felt about tackling the likes of Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor to name but three, the goalkeeper said:

"Saturday afternoon at Villa promises to be a fantastic occasion for everyone connected to Sheffield United, but we aren't going there to simply make up the numbers.

"We have become tough to beat under the new Gaffer and we go to face Villa full of confidence, believing an upset is a realistic possibility.

"Our supporters, of which there will be close to 6,000 I am told, will want to see the players put on a good performance and we owe it to them to make sure we do everything possible to ensure we get a positive result.

"Of course, Villa have top quality players, you only have to look at their forwards to realise the quality we are talking about.

"But it is pointless us going there with fear, the lads are buoyant and we are confident of acquitting ourselves well against top-flight opposition."

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