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Keen to progress

7 October 2014

Nigel Clough, who will experience his first taste of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Victoria Park on Tuesday night, insists the Blades head to Hartlepool focused on progressing to the third round of the competition.

Despite making his team for the clash public knowledge on Monday, the Gaffer is adamant the Blades head to the north east with the sole aim of winning the tie.

He remarked "As always, we have named the strongest possible side available to us. And one that we believe is capable of winning the game.

"Admittedly, the JPT is probably fourth on our list of priorities this season but that doesn't mean to say we don't want to go through and go as far as we possibly can. Because we do.

"It doesn't matter what the tournament is. We approach every single fixture the same."

Of the Pools who are struggling at the foot of League Two and saw manager Colin Cooper resign following the weekend's defeat to Carlisle, Clough added:

"You never know how a managerial departure will affect a team, we are pretty low after our loss at Chesterfield, but Hartlepool, sitting bottom of the Football League, will probably be lower.

"But they have nothing to lose, everyone expects an away win, so it is a chance for them to come out fighting and forget about their league worries.

"What we have to do is match their desire and commitment, then hopefully our quality will shine through when we have earnt the right to play."

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