Blades and Owls fans are celebrating today after a great night for Sheffield saw both United and Wednesday dump out Premier League sides in the Capital One Cup.
Penalties were the theme in both games as Wednesday defeated newly-promoted Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor, thanks to a spot-kick from substitute Atdhe Nuhiu.
And in east London, United gained some revenge over the ‘Carlos Tevez saga’ as Nigel Clough’s side took West Ham to a shoot-out before Mark Howard saved from Equador international Enner Valencia and Michael Doyle fired home the winning penalty.
Clough, who led his side to the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season only to be beaten by Hull City at Wembley, told The Star: “That was all about courage, heart and desire. Those were qualities every single one of our players showed throughout. Coming to places like West Ham is never easy. They’re hostile places for visiting footballers.
“That’s why you’ve got to show guts and spirit. You don’t achieve anything, be it in knockout competition or the league, unless you do that.”
He added: “This is a football club that wants occasions like this. And to be able to celebrate in front of our fans, because you could see how much they enjoyed it, also meant the world.”
Wednesday boss Stuart Gray, who had a spell as coach and caretaker manager at Turf Moor between 2010 and 2011, believed his side more than deserved their victory against the team that finished second in the Championship last season.
“I thought we defended very well,” said Gray. “I didn’t think it was a smash and grab result. I thought we started very well. We just tinkered with the shape a little bit and knocked them back.”
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