Blackwell: Blades have nothing to lose

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Kevin Blackwell believes his Sheffield United team have "nothing to lose" in their FA Cup fifth round replay away to Hull on Thursday night.

Promotion back to the Barclays Premier League is the club's priority this season, but that is far from certain as the Blades slipped out of the Coca-Cola Championship play-off positions following their failure to beat Plymouth at the weekend.

Blackwell said: "Let's go and enjoy it. We've got nothing to lose. We are slightly down on numbers, but if the lads show that sort of spirit then we will be okay."

United, though, have picked up some some impressive results in cup competitions in recent seasons, while they took four points off Hull in the Championship last term.

Blackwell's side also took the lead in the 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane 11 days ago, but the manager fears injuries could prove his side's undoing in the replay.

Recent signings Craig Beattie, Arturo Lupoli, Leigh Bromby and Jamie Ward are all cup-tied, while Brian Howard, Matt Kilgallon and Lee Hendrie are struggling with injuries.

Greg Halford's early opener was cancelled out by Tigers defender Kamil Zayatte before half-time in the first meeting.

And United defender Gary Naysmith believes the Blades could fare better away from home, as they have done so far this season. They have collected 27 of their 52 points this term on their travels.

Naysmith said: "The lads will be confident like we were at home when everybody believed that we could beat them.

"We have got a good away record so there is no reason why we can't go there and get through to the next round."

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