Nigel Clough praises Sheffield United after Tottenham reach final.
Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough wondered what might have happened after his side nearly knocked out Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup semi-final second-leg clash at Bramall Lane.
Potation’s side were cruising into the final of the Capital One Cup final on Wednesday night after Chrisian Eriksen’s wonderful free-kick hit the back of the net in the first half.
The home-side hit back in the second half with two successive goals by Che Adams but Tottenham didn’t give up as Eriksen scored in the 88th minute to secure a place for the Lilywhites in the final at Wembley.
And the Blades manager Clough, who was proud of his team’s performance, wished they converted the a few chances they had in the match at home.
"I am incredibly proud of the players for what they gave, not only for tonight but for what they’ve done over the two games," he told Sky Sports.
"To run a team like Spurs so close was brilliant, but that bit of quality they had made the difference tonight.
"I thought the chance we had with Jamie Murphy's effort cleared off the line, if that had have gone in, it would have been a different game altogether. Goals change games.
"The substitution was one of those where you've got nothing to lose with 15-20 minutes to go and you try to get a goal.
"We knew one goal would change the complexion of the game. Then we got the other one and had the chance to get the third and just missed it.
"The crowd and everyone associated with the club gave everything they had tonight.”
The Sheffield United manager also heaped praise on Che Adams whose two goals nearly sealed United’s place at Wembley.
"We're delighted with Che," Clough added. "Just think a couple of months ago he was playing a few leagues down.
"We like the look of him, he's still a little raw, he’s 18 years old but he's got a lot of potential. He's got to learn not to celebrate in the other corner when we need another goal.
"We will take a lot of positives out of tonight for the rest of the season. When we get the crowd behind us, we're a force at home. But we need to give the crowd something to get behind us."