Sheffield United: Nigel Clough issues complacency warning to his League Cup quarter-finalists

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Manager Nigel Clough has warned his Sheffield United side not to rest on their laurels after reaching the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Michael Higdon, introduced as a second-half substitute with United trailing 1-0 to MK Dons, scored twice in a matter of minutes to turn the tie on its head, and set up a last-eight clash with Southampton at Bramall Lane.

United, who have now won their last four games and have tasted defeat only once in their last nine, return to League One action this weekend when they face South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley - managed, of course, by one of Clough’s predecessors at United, Danny Wilson.

And the Bramall Lane boss is keen to ensure that his side keep up the momentum: “We wanted to stay in the cup but, because of the games we’ve got coming up, we were also a bit concerned about going to extra-time,” he said.

“Fortunately we didn’t do that. Michael could probably have had another one before he scored but he did well out there and he deserves that reward.

“He’s worked very hard behind the scenes and that’s why we’re pleased for him. Like everyone else, he knows that’s got to continue all the way through the season.

“Winning games, no matter what the competition, is a brilliant feeling. It’s great to get back into the dressing room when you’ve done that. It’s a good place to be.

“It’s a good habit and it’s one we want to stay in.”