Sheffield United 2 Southampton 2 RECAP: Slavisa Jokanovic and Ralph Hasenhüttl reaction as Blades knocked out on penalties by Saints

Sheffield United can book their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup tonight if they overcome Premier League Southampton at Bramall Lane.

Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 6:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 11:44 pm

The Blades beat Carlisle and Derby County to reach this stage, and Slavisa Jokanovic is expected to shuffle his pack once again tonight as he looks to manage his squad through a testing period of games.

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Oli McBurnie of Sheffield Utd celebrates after scoring to make it 2-2 during the Carabao Cup third round match against Southampton at Bramall Lane. Simon Bellis / Sportimage
Enda Stevens (R) of Sheffield Utd celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Carabao Cup third round match against Southampton at Bramall Lane. Simon Bellis / Sportimage

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Enda Stevens reported no adverse effects following his extended appearance against Southampton, manager Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed, after admitting injuries to Luke Freeman and Oli Burke forced him to abandon a plan to withdraw the Republic of Ireland international midway through the second half.

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Slavisa Jokanovic reveals his pride in Sheffield United's display as they bow out of League Cup to Southampton

Manager Slavisa Jokanović admits he is “proud” of the performance his Sheffield United side put in despite their exit from the Carabao Cup on penalties against Southampton tonight.

It’s attitude, simple as that. A few positive results always push you in the right direction, we need to use our positive momentum and we need to be ready for some backward steps because you can’t always win in football.

Oli played a really good game, off the ball he is an important player and he fought well for us tonight. He’s an important part of our squad but I have not found space to give him enough games. But the season is so long and so he will find the space, one hundred per cent.

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Slavisa Jokanovic’s post-match reaction...

Manager Slavisa Jokanović admits he is “proud” of the performance his Sheffield United side put in despite their exit from the Carabao Cup on penalties against Southampton tonight.

The Blades’ League Cup adventure is over for another season after crucial misses from Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster saw Southampton run out 4-2 winners on spot-kicks.

McBurnie had earlier dragged United back level, while Brewster came on at half-time for Oli Burke. The Blades led through Enda Stevens, before strikes from Mohammed Salisu and Ibrahima Diallo turned it around for the visitors.

Both sides had a number of chances to win the game in normal time, Fraser Forster denying Ben Osborn before Wes Foderingham made a remarkable save to deny former Blade Che Adams with time running out.

And Jokanović said: “We must be satisfied, my team showed great attitude and we played a decent game against a really complicated opponent for us.

“At the end my team is fighting well, we created chances and they did too. It’s part of the lottery of penalties and we are out of the competition but I must be proud, it is the right way for my team to play with a fight and even though we are out of the competition, I must be proud.

“A lot of my players against Hull showed high levels and today too, a few players showed they can be part of the competition when we play in the Championship and we will encourage ourselves.

“We are in the process but I believe there is progress too. We need to improve still as well.”

Reaction from the Southampton camp

“They were good on the ball and not easy to press and didn’t give a lot of chances away”

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