‘Shock’ now seen as norm for us – Clough

WITH four Premier League scalps bagged in 2014, Nigel Clough knows Sheffield United will not suffer from a lack of confidence when taking on top-flight opposition in the form of Queens Park Rangers.

Sheffield United's John Brayford leaps into the air to celebrate scoring the second goal in the 6th round win over Charlton last season, one of many Cup shocks they have enjoyed in recent times.

But the Blades’ manager is also adamant that travelling to Loftus Road, where the R’s boast the seventh- best home record in the Premier League, will be a tough assignment.

Clough, who boasts an amazing record in knockout football since taking charge of the League One club, said: “There will be no lack of confidence, but I almost suspect people are expecting us to cause an upset.

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“But I can’t stress enough that it would be a huge upset if we were to get a result down there.

“People are thinking we’ll do it again. But it is not always as easy as that and it takes a huge amount of things to go in your favour to get a result.”

As much as Clough is sensibly attempting to temper expectation ahead of taking on a Rangers side who have taken 19 points from 11 home games this term, there can be little doubt that he has developed something of a Midas touch in the Cups as Blades’ manager with 13 wins from 16 ties.

“It might have been a different story if it was at Bramall Lane, but they are a strong side at home,in a tidy, compact stadium,” said Clough. “That said, we play at grounds like that most weeks so, hopefully, it won’t faze us.”