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Individuals benefit from fresh start

31 December 2013

Andy Garner believes several Blades players have benefitted from fresh starts in recent weeks.

Speaking after goals from Jamie Murphy, Jose Baxter and Ryan Flynn saw United end 2013 with a 3-1 success over Tranmere Rovers, Garner praised the resurgence of several individuals, reserving special praise for two of the three scorers.

The Blades first-team coach said: "When we first came in the manager said everyone would start with a clean slate and that has proved to be the case.

"For Nigel, myself and Gary (Crosby) we are very fortunate to have the likes of Chris (Morgan) and Darren (Ward) on board to guide us along and advise.

"We have taken our time and gradually introduced everyone into the team, asking individuals to do different jobs, but even after the first two or three weeks there were still players who hadn't shown much and we were slightly disappointed.

"Jamie (Murphy) was a prime example, but since the Cambridge game he has come out of his shell and found that bit of confidence. Now we have a player on our hands.

"Jose (Baxter) is another one who has earned the opportunity that he is certainly taking with both hands."

Looking ahead, Garner concluded: "Given our home form and the draw on Boxing Day, the three points over Tranmere were vital, but richly deserved, that is for sure.

"We now look forward to another big game at Walsall on New Year's Day, before anyone even thinks about the FA Cup tie at Aston Villa on Saturday."

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