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More Fulham thoughts from Blades chief

6 February 2014

Nigel Clough says he was quick to spare a thought for Fulham's management as United's players, staff and fans basked in the glory of FA Cup success at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.


The Blades boss said: "Immediately after the final whistle (of extra time) I spared a thought for Rene (Meulensteen) and Ray (Wilkins), it isn't a nice place to be when things like that go against you and I did feel for them as we walked off to celebrate with our jubilant supporters."


Analysing the game in further detail, Clough continued: "On the coach down on Monday night we watched a tactical performance to be proud of by Chelsea at Manchester City.


"We said to the lads that even some of the best players in the world have to focus their attentions on defending in certain situations and in some small way we looked to replicate what they did. I can't praise our lads enough for their concentration and resolve. The players, to a man, were fantastic, but as you would expect a number of them are very weary and will be ahead of the weekend.


"We will now concentrate on getting as many as possible ready for Shrewsbury, but Stefan Scougall and Chris Porter will be doubts, as will Bob Harris."


He also concluded by reserving a special mention for United's match winner, adding: "It would have been nice to get Diego (De Girolamo), Terry (Kennedy) or Connor (Dimaio) a taste of the action, but we needed to tuck Ryan Flynn inside and Shaun Miller came on and ran his socks off down the right.


"He deserved to head home the winning goal and hopefully that will give his confidence, which has been very low of late, a massive boost.


"Shaun has just had a little boy, so it has been a special time for his family."


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