Sheffield United: Bring on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, says Nigel Clough as Blades book their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup

Matchwinner Michael Higdon celebrates
Matchwinner Michael Higdon celebrates
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough hailed his team’s “incredible achievement” after watching them power into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at MK Dons last night.

Two goals from substitute Michael Higdon cancelled-out Benik Afobe’s opener for Karl Robinson’s side and ensured League One will have a representative in the fifth round draw.

Clough said: “It’s an incredible achievement, it really is. Especially when you consider the company we are keeping in this competition.

“Don’t underestimate what those lads have done. And don’t understimate what it takes for a club from our division to go as far as this either. They deserve all the credit in the world.

“The great thing about this group of players is that they never know when they are beaten. They just keep on going, right until the very end.”

United, who reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season, appeared to be bowing out of the competition when Afobe converted a 67th minute penalty.

But Higdon’s entrance for the injured Marc McNulty proved to be the turning point of the game with the former NEC Nijmegen centre-forward pouncing twice during the closing stages.

“I struggle to understand why Premier League clubs make so many changes,” Clough added.

“You’re one game away from a two-legged semi-final and then Wembley.

“We honestly want to win every single game and you can’t beat that feeling in the dressing room after a win.”

Higdon admitted it would be a “dream” to be paired with his hometown club Liverpool - “I could probably walk to the ground in 15 minutes,” he said - but Clough, who spent three years at Anfield, added: “It would be nice to get Chelsea in the last eight, home or away - or it would be lovely to go back there.”