UNITED LOOK TO CUT OFF ‘CUP SIDE’ TAG

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SH­EFFIELD United will be hard-pressed to shake off their tag as a ‘cup team’ due to their ex­ploits in both the FA Cup and League Cup over the course of this sea­son.

How­ever, Blades chief Nigel Clough knows that the bread and but­ter must be League One.

Clough’s pri­mary aim is to de­liver sec­ond tier foot­ball back to Bra­mall Lane for the first time in five sea­sons.

Re­sults like the one achieved against the league lead­ers will go some way to help en­sur­ing that.

United lacked any en­ergy or ideas first half but the in­tro­duc­tion of Jamie Mur­phy gave them a boost and the Scot notched both goals as Clough’s side se­cured three huge points.

As for Swin­don, Mark Cooper will hope this re­sult is merely a blip.

Fe­bru­ary hands them a clutch of fix­tures against sides bat­tling to avoid rel­e­ga­tion that could prove a boost.

If Cooper’s men can main­tain their re­cent form then it should set them up nicely.

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