The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

WELL done to my old club Sh­effield United, who beat Ful­ham in their FA Cup re­play to give man­ager Nigel Clough a game against his old club Not­ting­ham For­est.

He’ll be chuffed, but at the same time I’m sure he is far more con­cerned about keep­ing the Blades in League One at the mo­ment.

Af­ter a brief im­prove­ment when Nigel re­placed David Weir, they dropped back into the bot­tom four and the games are run­ning out.

It’s amaz­ing re­ally. They beat As­ton Villa and Ful­ham in the Cup, then they go and lose 3-0 to Crewe. How do you ex­plain that? As a man­ager, you just pull your hair out. It’s in­fu­ri­at­ing see­ing your play­ers lift them­selves against the best then play be­low par against the worst. That’s why they’re in the sit­u­a­tion they are.

To be fair, Sh­effield United are the big scalp in League One. To clubs like yes­ter­day’s op­po­nents Shrews­bury, not long out of League Two, a trip to Bra­mall Lane is the big­gest game of the sea­son. Like United against Ful­ham, they’ll all lift them­selves. But Sh­effield United have to be above that – and they have to do it now.

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