Nigel Clough saluted his Sheffield United players following their dramatic FA Cup victory over Fulham.
Last night’s fourth round replay at Craven Cottage seemed destined for a penalty shoot-out until Shaun Miller, the United substitute, pounced with only a minute of extra-time remaining.
And Clough, whose side will now meet the winner of this evening’s contest between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest for a quarter-final place, said: “That’s the stuff dreams are made of. Because, let’s be under no illusions, our lads deserved it.
“They’ve not always got their rewards this season but they showed what they are made of out there. They gave everything they had, they put everything into that performance and showed real quality too. There was guts, determination and resolve.”
United, who beat Aston Villa in the previous round, enjoyed an estimated 3,000 strong following in the capital.
Miller’s goal was his first since suffering a potentially career threatening injury during a League One fixture against Scunthorpe 14 months ago.
“That’s why this competition is special,” Clough added. “Shaun has worked so hard lately and that will mean the world to him.
“It was also great that we were able to repay our fans because they were nothing short of superb.”
Fulham boss Rene Meulsteen said: “That was the worst performance since I’ve taken over. I can explain it because you can see we lack confidence.”
Preston North End’s Blades-loving striker Kevin Davies posted on Twitter: “Well done The Blades! Big carrot dangling in front of me tomorrow night now!!”