Kieran Wallace has revealed the mindset which could propel Sheffield United towards more success in the Capital One Cup tonight, writes James Shield.
Seven months after facing Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the competition, Nigel Adkins’ side visit Craven Cottage having been paired with Fulham in this season’s second round draw.
Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham feature among the list of teams United, who reached the same stage of the FA Cup two seasons ago, have beaten during those memorable runs and Wallace explained: “There’s no inferiority complex among the lads. It’s eleven versus eleven, us versus them.
“We’ve got respect but nothing to fear. They’ve got good players but so have we.
“If we work harder than them then we’ll probably win the game. Which is exactly what we are aiming to do.”
This evening’s match sees United return to the scene of 2014’s dramatic victory over Fulham, who were still a top-flight club at the time, en route to their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City later that year.
“Playing one off games against clubs higher up seems to bring out the best in us,” Wallace continued. “We believe we can beat anybody and that’s the way, in my book at least, a team should be.
“If you don’t feel like that, if you aren’t going to have that attitude, then you should probably question why you are a professional footballer in the first place.”
Wallace joined United from Ilkeston last term and was watching from the bench when Che Adams, his former team mate at the New Manor Ground, scored twice against Spurs at Bramall Lane.
“Absolutely, that goes to show how you can make a name for yourself in games like this. Che scoring those two goals really elevated him and made him a form favourite with the fans.
“If you want to get to the really big stages then these are the type of game you have to win. Doing well in the cups is a good springboard for your league form.
“We haven’t lost a game since beating Morecambe (in the first round) and we want to keep that momentum going, with a shadow of a doubt.”