Mark McNulty helps Blades beat Southampton

Marc McNulty celebrates after the final whistle
Marc McNulty celebrates after the final whistle
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough hailed his side’s 1-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final victory over Southampton as “remarkable” after former Hutchie Vale and Livingston striker Marc McNulty fired the Blades into the semi-finals.

The League One side claimed a second Premier League scalp of the season as McNulty’s second-half goal was enough to see off Saints.

Their victory over Ronald Koeman’s men was thoroughly deserved. United’s winning margin and Southampton’s humiliation would have been far greater had goalkeeper Fraser Forster not made a string of fine saves.

Clough said: “That’s the only slightly disappointing thing. We would have settled for a 1-0 I think, but we probably should have had a second goal. It was a remarkable effort by the players. The 14 lads we had out there gave everything.”

Chelsea booked their spot in the semis by winning 3-1 at Derby County. In tonight’s remaining quarter-finals, Bournemouth host Liverpool, while Newcastle travel to Tottenham Hotspur.