Sheffield United: Clough’s joy with firepower

Marc McNulty celebrates his first goal for Sheffield United which put them into the second round of the Capital One Cup. Picture: Martyn Harrison
Marc McNulty celebrates his first goal for Sheffield United which put them into the second round of the Capital One Cup. Picture: Martyn Harrison
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Nigel Clough expressed satisfaction with the attacking options at his disposal following last night’s Capital One Cup victory over Mansfield.

United, who will visit West Ham in the second round, progressed courtesy of Marc McNulty’s 86th minute strike after Alex Fisher had cancelled out Andy Butler’s first-half goal.

With McNulty and fellow new signing Michael Higdon both writing their names on the scoresheet during the first week of the 2014/15 campaign, Clough told The Star: “Psychologically, getting off the the mark so quickly will do them the power of good.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, if that’s your position then it can start to weigh heavily on your mind if you don’t find the back of the net quickly.

“That’s why it’s pleasing to see both of them come in and open their accounts almost straight away.

“But we’ve got a lot of good options here, including Jose Baxter and Chris Porter, who all offer something a little bit different.”

Higdon, who scored in the defeat to Bristol City at the weekend, provided the assist for McNulty’s effort and Clough added: “Setting that up will also do Michael the power of good. Everything like that counts.

“Marc hasn’t had the greatest of games, in all fairness, but he is the type of person who always gets on the end of chances and in the end he’s scored the winning goal. That was the reward for his perseverence.”

Clough’s opposite number Paul Cox cut a frustrated figure after his players slipped to a second straight defeat.

“It’s so frustrating because, as a team, we are nearly there,” he said. “We’ve shown at Northampton on Saturday and especially here that we’re a half decent side but football is all about winning.”