Clough: Hull Fans’ complacency will fuel us

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough claims that his side will use any complacency shown by Hull City’s fans to their advantage in their FA Cup semi-final clash, according to Sky Sports.

The Blades go into the match on Sunday as underdogs against opposition that are two leagues ahead.

The League One side quickly sold out their 32,000 ticket allocation but Hull still have 5,000 tickets unsold which suggests that the fans are holding out for Cup final tickets.

“We’ve heard a few stories that the Hull supporters are saving themselves for the final,” said Clough.

“Whether that’s true or not, we’re not sure, but our fans certainly aren’t and if we do get there we’ll sell out as quickly as we did for the semi-final.

“The supporters are desperate for a bit of success and to see their team on the pitch at Wembley.

“I don’t think that will be the thoughts of Steve (Bruce) and those in the dressing room, but I’m sure outside of that there will be one or two supporters thinking that.”

If United do manage to reach the FA Cup final they will be the first side outside of the top two divisions to do so in over a century.

Despite the possibility of clinching a final match, the Blades have a very poor FA Cup semi-final record which Hull will be looking to exploit.

“We’ve been made aware of that record and we are totally disregarding it,” added Clough. “I don’t think it will have too much bearing come Sunday and 10 minutes past four.

“What the club have done in the past – they haven’t been to too many semi-finals either – they’ve had disappointment in play-off finals.

“But it’s a different feeling for the FA Cup semi-final. I think when you go to a play-off final and you’ve played 48 matches to get there, your whole season depends on that one game.

“But we’re going down there to enjoy it and irrespective of the result, we’ve still had a brilliant second half of the season and we’ve had a great cup run.

“That won’t change whatever happens on Sunday.”

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