League One Sheffield United booked their place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals thanks to a massive upset as they beat Premier League Southampton 1-0 at Bramall Lane, Sky
The Blades welcomed a Southampton side who were looking to put four straight league defeats behind them in a bid to recapture the form that had previously propelled them to second in the table.
However it wasn’t to be on a miserable night for Ronald Koeman as Sheffield had other plans – with Marc McNulty’s 63rd minute strike enough for them to progress.
The Saints welcomed back James Ward Prowse and Morgan Schniederlin back from injury but they were unable to stop McNulty’s winner after both sides had wasted good opportunities.
Florin Gardos also received his marching orders late on to compound the visitor’s misery who will now miss Saturday’s trip to Everton along with Victor Wanyama and Schniederlin through accumulation of yellow cards.
Elsewhere Derby were not able to repeat United’s upset as they went down 3-1 to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The Championship side looked to provide an exciting fight back after pulling the score back to 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining but a controversial red card to Jake Buxton killed the Rams hopes of progression, with Andre Schurrle slotting home to make sure of the win for the Blues.
And manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his opponents in what he saw as a stern test to his side.
He said: “They are a Championship side but not a typical Championship side – they have more quality than that.
“They play good football, they have fantastic support in the stadium and we knew that was going to be difficult, but I think we played in a very professional way.
“We controlled the game for most of the time, but I have to be fair to them and say that they fought until the end – and especially a few minutes after they scored they put us in trouble.”
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