Blades' cup hero: I still need to pinch myself

Sheffield United's match-winner Marc McNulty had to pinch himself after his goal earned victory over Southampton and a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The 22-year-old bundled home from close range in the 63rd minute to earn a second Premier League scalp of the season for the League One Blades, who reached the last four of this competition for the first time since 2002/03.

It is a remarkable story for McNulty, who was playing semi-professional football with Scottish Championship side Livingston until the summer when Nigel Clough came calling.

The winner, which settled a one-sided tie where Southampton were out-played and out-fought, was his eighth goal of the season and McNulty admits he is living the dream.

I still need to pinch myself sometimes. Twenty-odd thousand people here singing my name and scoring goals against Premier League teams in the cup is just a dream come true.

Marc McNulty
Sheffield United celebrate as Southampton look dejected Credit: Press Association

The victory, which would have been far more resounding had Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster not made a string of fine saves, continues the Blades' superb cup run over the last 12 months.

Having knocked two top-flight teams out of the FA Cup last season to reach the semi-final, they have sent two more packing in the League Cup and sit two games away from a return to Wembley.

With McNulty not at the club for that impressive cup run last year, he is keen to experience it for himself.