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Gaffer hails remarkable victory

17 December 2014

Nigel Clough was keen to heap the praise on to his players, as United progressed to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup with a deserved 1-0 victory over Southampton at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.


Marc McNulty poked home what proved to be the winning goal just after the hour after Fraser Forster failed to hold a powerfully struck free-kick from Bob Harris and Clough felt it was no more than the Blades performance on the night warranted.


The Gaffer commented "We approached this cup tie exactly the same as we do in league games, we haven't had many breaks at home recently, but we thoroughly deserved the one we got for the goal.


"We don't focus too much on what the opposition do and don't do, but our lads to a man were fantastic and they gave everything they had, we couldn't have asked for anymore.


"We you look at who played their part for us on the night, we finished with two lads signed from Ilkeston, a 17-year-old midfielder played 81 minutes, a right-winger started at right-back and a midfielder at centre-half, that makes it an even more remarkable result."


Clough, who believes teams will be hoping to avoid the Blades in the semi-final draw that takes places on Wednesday night, says more cup success is just rewards for the fans and also another special moment for the Club itself, he added:


"Nights like this are very memorable occasions, especially for the players and supporters, but also for everyone else connected with the Club.


"I spoke to Sammy Lee afterwards and he said there aren't too many teams that would fancy facing us at Bramall Lane in the future and that is what we want.


"We now look ahead to three crucial league matches now before the FA Cup tie at QPR, but you have to enjoy these moments too."


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