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Trio look ahead to Spurs tie

20 January 2015

Three of United's FA Cup semi-final starting line-up at Wembley in April, are now looking for looking to the prospect of a second cup semi-final in less than 12 months, this time in the Capital One Cup.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's first-leg against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, skipper Michael Doyle, Jamie Murphy and Jose Baxter spoke to the assembled media at the training ground to give their thoughts on the last four tie in North

Doyle opened: "We learnt plenty from the experience of last season, we are potentially 180 minutes away from a major final, but obviously there is a major hurdle still in the way.

"Tottenham will be understandably massive favourites to reach the final, but we have thrived on being the underdog and if we come away from the first-leg with a positive result then it will be all to play for at Bramall Lane.

"They have excellent players in all areas of the pitch, but we will go there with a plan and determined to give a good account of ourselves."

Murphy echoed the skipper's sentiments on how United will be better for the experience of losing 5-3 to Hull City in a pulsating clash at the national stadium.

The Scotsman added: "We felt we were show close to reaching the final last season in the FA Cup. We were the better side in the first-half and but for a mad 15 minute spell after half-time we would have probably won the game.

"But we can take the positives from that and look to go better this time around, although obviously it is a really big ask, Tottenham are a top Premiership club who are used to high pressure games both domestically and in Europe.

"Saying that we have relished the big occasions since the Gaffer came in and I am sure they will be wary of the problems we could cause them if they aren't quite at their best."

Meanwhile, Baxter, who opened the scoring at Wembley against the Tigers, believes the Blades are capable of remaining competitive ahead of the second-leg in South Yorkshire.

He concluded: "Tottenham have a squad packed full of world class players, you only have to look at their squad list to realise how good they are, on their day they can be unplayable.

"But we have got this far and if we perform to our best, especially in the first-leg to stay in the tie, who knows what might happen in the home leg with our terrific supporters behind us at Bramall Lane.

"Our first objective though is trying to make sure we remain firmly in the contest after Wednesday night."

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