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Gaffer pleased to progress

14 August 2014

Nigel Clough was satisfied to see the Blades progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup with a hard fought win over Mansfield Town at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night.

Andy Butler opened the scoring early in the second-half, only for Alex Fisher to restore parity for the Stags, but Marc McNulty settled the contest in the final ten minutes to set up a trip to West Ham United in round two.

Clough remarked: "We are through to the next round, that's the main thing in a cup tie. There were pleasing aspects in the performance again and we created enough chances to score more than two goals.

"We could have scored three or four goals in the two games we have played this season and there wasn't much we could have done about Mansfield's goal, it was a shot that was going wide that has hit the shins of the striker.

"We got a game into the legs of those that needed one and we didn't take any risks with those carrying slight knocks."

The Gaffer reserved a special mention for one of his substitutes who made a telling contribution when he came on, Clough added:

"Michael Higdon came on and again showed what he is about. He created the winning goal and it was a good finish from Marc (McNulty) who wasn't at his best on the night, but he kept going until the end."

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