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McCabe: Confidence back at Utd

Sheffield United owner Kevin McCabe is positive about the club's future despite seeing their FA Cup final hopes extinguished by Hull.

The Blades were attempting to become the first side since 1902 to gatecrash the showpiece from outside the top two divisions of English football, but came up just short against the Tigers.

Goals from Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall left United 2-1 up at the interval but Hull were vastly improved in the second half and Jamie Murphy's 89th-minute volley could not prevent a 5-3 defeat for the Sky Bet League One outfit.

If there was disappointment for anyone associated with the club, it was mitigated by the fact that when Nigel Clough was appointed as manager in October the Blades were deep in a relegation battle.

In just a few months he has altered the mood around Bramall Lane, briefly threatening the play-offs and overseeing a highly unlikely cup run.

"I'm proud of everything about Sheffield United, the support here was fantastic as anyone who watched could see," said McCabe.

"In many ways I'm delighted, not with the result but it's a club that's got confidence again.

"The gaffer has turned us upside down and sorted us out, top to bottom.

"It's simple: we've got to get out of League One and anybody who watches the Blades or even looks from afar and sees the attendances at Bramall Lane knows we are a big club in the wrong division.

"But nobody gives you three points, like any other league. We've got to work on that and we've got the right manager to achieve that for us."