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Gaffer targetting cup progression

23 September 2014

Nigel Clough says the Blades are firmly focused on progression to the next round of the Capital One Cup ahead of Tuesday's third round tie at Leyton Orient.


The Blades boss admits he would have preferred a home tie against Premiership opposition having overcome West Ham on penalties in round two, but insists a more attractive fixture in round four is the carrot dangling for both United and the O's.


He remarked: "For both clubs it will feel like a league game, we just wish it was at home, especially having gone to Colchester and Swindon within the last week or so.


"It was a disappointing draw when it was made and Leyton Orient were probably thinking the same given some of the big boys still in the competition.


"But hopefully if we progress we will get a bit more of a glamour tie at Bramall Lane in the next round, although that's also the incentive for Orient."


The O's have had a tougher start than many expected this season having narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship at Wembley in May, but Clough has still paid tribute to his opposition number ahead of United departing for the capital.


The Gaffer added: "Russell Slade has done a magnificent job there and came within a whisker of winning promotion last season.


"So despite everything that is being speculated it is hard to believe that his job could actually be under threat anytime soon."



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