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Blades not favourites – Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough does not think his side are favourites for the FA Cup quarter-final with Charlton at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

The Blades, who aim to become the first third-tier side to reach the last four of the famous competition since Wycombe in 2001, have ousted Aston Villa, Fulham and Nottingham Forest in the last three rounds.

They now welcome the Championship strugglers, who beat United's city rivals Wednesday to book their spot in the last eight and deny the chance of a Sheffield derby.

The Blades are on an impressive run of form, having won their last eight games in all competitions, conceding only one goal along the way. Clough (above) is keen to play down his side's chances, though admits not playing the Owls could be an advantage.

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"I would disagree that we are favourites, when you are playing a team from the division above then that takes precedent as to who are favourites or not," the former Derby boss said.

"I know we are at home and have won a lot of games, but I still think their Championship status makes them favourites.

"An FA Cup quarter-final, the motivation shouldn't be less, whoever we are playing, there is a semi-final at Wembley at stake.

"I think not playing Wednesday means we are concentrating on the football, it's just an FA Cup quarter-final now, rather than a Sheffield derby."

The Blades have reached the quarter-finals the hard way, beating Colchester and Cambridge away in the early rounds, seeing off Villa and Fulham on their own patches and then coming from behind to triumph over Forest in the last 16.


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