We can get better, says boss Clough

GUY DEMEL - West Ham & Ryan Flynn  - Sheffield United
GUY DEMEL - West Ham & Ryan Flynn - Sheffield United
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Manager Nigel Clough watched his Sheffield United side dump Premier League side West Ham out of the Capital One Cup - and roared: “We haven’t hit top gear yet”.

United progressed to the third round of the League Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory at the Boleyn Ground, with captain Michael Doyle stroking home the decisive kick after Mark Howard had saved from £12m man Enna Valencia.

And Clough, who led United to the semi-finals of last season’s FA Cup, insisted: “We are nowhere near where we want to be as a team yet.

“And we know we’ve been a little bit disjointed at times but hopefully that performance will encourage the fans as much as it did us.

“The players showed great courage to take penalties in an atmosphere like that.”

Clough, whose side resume their League One campaign at Preston North End this weekend, added: “Every single player who was involved contributed to that. They had to.

“But with Preston coming up, the good thing was that we were also able to keep people like Michael Higdon and Jamie Murphy fresh.”