The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

FAN­TAS­TIC re­sult for Sh­effield United – and I don’t mean the win over For­est in the FA Cup.

I mean the one that came af­ter­wards, the 2-1 win over Gilling­ham that lifted them out of the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Su­perb as their Cup run has been, my old side have never been able to recre­ate those per­for­mances in the league.

And be­fore the Gilling­ham game, a lot of people I spoke to thought it would be an­other case of af­ter the Lord Mayor’s Show.

By all ac­counts they didn’t play great and had to hang in at times. But they pro­vided a per­for­mance of true grit, some­thing the fans have been des­per­ate to see.

They needed that and to fi­nally do it must have been an in­cred­i­ble re­lief for man­ager Nigel Clough.

Now they can look for­ward to the next Cup tie, and a po­ten­tial quar­ter fi­nal with bit­ter ri­vals Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, who play Charl­ton this week.

What a won­der­ful game that would be and for ob­vi­ous per­sonal rea­sons, I hope Wed­nes­day come through. We’ve not had a lot to shout about in Sh­effield for a few years, and both clubs have had hor­rific sea­sons.

But it would be a chance to for­get all that – a full house, a fan­tas­tic oc­ca­sion and a re­minder to ev­ery­one just how big foot­ball in the city is.

So Chris Pow­ell, don’t be a spoil­sport – con­cen­trate on the league and let Sh­effield have a big derby!

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