EFL Cup - Quarter-Final
Sheff UtdSheffield United1SouthamptonSouthampton0

Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton

Sheffield United
Sheffield United have knocked out four Premier League teams from cup competitions in the last two seasons (Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham, Southampton)
  • Sheff Utd into first League Cup semi-final since 2002-03
  • Just two defeats in 18 cup games for Blades
  • Fifth successive defeat for Southampton
  • Gardos sent off late on for Saints

League One Sheffield United shocked their Premier League opponents Southampton to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.

The Saints struggled throughout with United's Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Louis Reed going close in the first half.

Sadio Mane shot wide for the visitors, but Marc McNulty poked in after Fraser Forster failed to hold a free-kick.

Florin Gardos was sent off late on to compound Southampton's misery as the hosts secured a famous win.

It continued Sheffield United's impressive record against Premier League opposition in cup competitions, having knocked out Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham and now Southampton in the last two seasons.

"It is an incredible night for the club," said Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.

"I thought we deserved the victory, we created more chances and the only disappointment was that we should have had another goal.

"Whoever we get in the semi-final will be a special occasion, but nights like tonight stay in the memory for a long time."

Defeat extended Southampton's poor run of form in recent weeks.

Southampton
Marc McNulty is Sheffield United's top scorer this season with eight goals

They had lost their four Premier League fixtures prior to the trip to Bramall Lane and Sheffield United, FA Cup semi-finalists last season, sensed the chance of an upset from the outset.

With just two defeats in their 17 previous cup games under Clough, they immediately set about extending that fine record as Campbell-Ryce saw a free-kick end up on top of the bar, while Reed sent a well-struck effort just over.

However, with the pace of Shane Long at their disposal, Southampton were always capable of creating something from nothing and they did just that on the stroke of half-time.

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Long burst into the area, cut the ball back for Mane, but the midfielder shot wide with Sheffield United defender Harris doing just enough to put him off.

That missed opportunity could have seen Sheffield United adopt a more cautious approach in the second half, but instead they continued to take the game to the visitors, a tactic that ultimately paid dividends.

After Jamie Murphy had forced a stunning save out of Forster, the Blades took the lead when Bob Harris drove a free-kick through a wall of Southampton players, Forster fumbled the ball and McNulty snuck in to poke home.

The goal left Southampton stunned and only another good save from Forster prevented McNulty from grabbing a second.

The home side's impressive exertions eventually started to take their toll, however, and Southampton finally pressed forward in the closing stages as Sheffield United players tired.

But Gardos's late dismissal, for a foul on McNulty, effectively ended their hopes of forcing an equaliser and the hosts held out for victory.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman:

"It looks like everything is against us at the moment. We have to accept that and we have to go on.

"The worst feeling about today is the fans deserved more than that from our game and that's painful.

"We knew that it was a tough game. It is not about the level. It is cup football and always different. It was not good enough today and I am disappointed because we did not bring our quality and they deserved the win."

Sheffield United
Sheffield United have lost just two of their 18 cup games since Nigel Clough was appointed
Sheffield United
Southampton had lost four games in a row in the Premier League prior to the trip to Bramall Lane
Southampton
Florin Gardos was sent off late on for Southampton to compound a disappointing night

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 6BashamBooked at 59mins
  • 19McEveley
  • 3HarrisBooked at 41mins
  • 22ReedSubstituted forWallaceat 81'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forAdamsat 45'minutes
  • 34CuvelierBooked at 56minsSubstituted forBaxterat 73'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 12McNulty

Substitutes

  • 11Baxter
  • 17McGahey
  • 21Higdon
  • 24Turner
  • 27Kennedy
  • 29Adams
  • 33Wallace

Southampton

  • 23Forster
  • 2ClyneBooked at 30mins
  • 6José FonteBooked at 90mins
  • 5GardosBooked at 90mins
  • 33TargettSubstituted forIsgroveat 45'minutes
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 84mins
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAlderweireldat 74'minutes
  • 10ManéBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMayukaat 71'minutes
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Bertrand
  • 7Long

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 24Mayuka
  • 27Isgrove
  • 28Reed
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
21,906

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Southampton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Southampton 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy tries a through ball, but Marc McNulty is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield United. Jamie Murphy tries a through ball, but Marc McNulty is caught offside.

  5. Booking

    Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

  7. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Dismissal

    Florin Gardos (Southampton) is shown the red card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Florin Gardos (Southampton).

  11. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Che Adams with a through ball.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

  17. Post update

    Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Booking

    Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Kieran Wallace (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.