Clough proud despite defeat

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough believes his side should be 'proud' of their FA Cup campaign, despite a 5-3 semi-final loss to Hull City.

Goals from Jose Baxter and Stefan Scougall gave the Blades a 2-1 lead at half-time, but the Tigers roared back with four goals in the second period to deny Clough's side a spot in the final.

United overcame Premier League opponents Aston Villa and Fulham earlier in the competition, and Clough admits he has mixed feelings after narrowly missing out on next month's cup decider.

"I am both proud and devastated at the moment," he said.

"I am certainly proud, I think that feeling will grow in the weeks ahead when we look back on what we've achieved in the FA Cup and very nearly today as well.

"We were close to making history as the first third-tier side to get to an FA Cup final and at half-time I thought we were well worthy of our lead."

Hull boss Steve Bruce brought on Matty Fryatt at the half-time interval and the striker scored just four minutes after his arrival - a goal that Clough concedes was the game-changer.

"We played well in the first half and they changed it in the second half," he said.

"Their second goal just after half-time was the killer blow for us, it got them totally going. They were rejuvenated and scored another one pretty quickly."