Sheffield United: Nigel making cup plans

Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Blackpool
Marc McNulty celebrates his goal against Blackpool

Nigel Adkins has confirmed Sheffield United are preparing to ring the changes for tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at Fulham, writes James Shield.

But Adkins, whose side enters the second round tie hoping to record its fifth straight win, refuted claims he is prepared to sacrifice reaching the later stages of the competition to focus primarily on the league.

Citing Marc McNulty’s performance during last weekend’s victory over Blackpool, Adkins said: “Look at Sparky, who came on and scored a superb goal. We’ve got a group of players who need football and players coming back from injury who need to be involved.

“We always look at the bigger picture and we all know what that is. But it’s all about getting the balance right.”

With Terry Kennedy and Ryan Flynn both featuring for the under-21’s against Leeds last night, together with trialist Jake Phillips, Adkins said: “The days when you could get by with a starting eleven and then a few people around that to come in if required are long gone. If we do well then there’s a chance we could be playing nearly 60 games this season so it’s all about the group. Everybody has got to be capable of making a contribution.”

“That’s why, when Sparky got his goal, it was great to see the first two people to leap off the bench were Michael Higdon and Conor Sammon. That’s two lads who are competing with him for a place but they were genuinely chuffed to bits for the lad.

“If you want to be successful, then it’s all about the group. You need that because we’ve all got a common goal. The spirit among the lads is superb and, I’ve got to emphasise, we were very fortunate to inherit that when we came in over the summer.”

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