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Hardwork pays off

23 December 2013

Following three consecutive clean sheets, Nigel Clough has praised the contribution of goalkeeper George Long.

The Gaffer remarked: "George (Long) works very closely and tirelessly with Darren Ward (goalkeeping coach) and success starts on the training pitch.

"George is growing in confidence and with that comes improved communication. Being a commanding goalkeeper becomes second nature with experience and we must remember George is still only 20-year-old.

"He is physically strong, but you can't get the exposure you need to improve without getting out there and playing games consistently.

"His development will only improve by learning from his mistakes and he has already come back stronger from a couple since we arrived."

The boss also revealed the players won't train on Christmas Day and Clough is confident the Blades will be raring to go come 3pm on Boxing Day after enjoying Christmas at home.

He concluded: "We have a honest bunch and in the past we have tried it both ways, but quite honestly we don't feel it is productive to have the players in on Christmas Day.

"Some clubs have the players in on Christmas Day and win, others don't but still win, that one day doesn't make a real difference."

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