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Jose's Christmas cracker

27 December 2013

Jose Baxter praised the Blades second-half revival on Boxing Day, as he netted a belated Christmas cracker of an equaliser to secure a point against his former club.

Baxter admitted United's first-half showing against the Latics was well below par, but drew encouragement from the display after the break, which should have seen the Blades take the spoils.

He commented: "I would have hoped for a win, but I thought we showed a great fighting spirit in the second-half having conceded a goal in the opening minutes of the game.

"The first-half performance wasn't good enough, but the Gaffer demands that we never give and we responded positively after half-time."

On his stunning 35-yard strike which restored parity, Baxter, who didn't celebrate his third goal in four games, added:

"Oldham Athletic FC were fantastic with me for a number of years and I have a lot of respect for everyone associated with the club, so it was an extra special moment to score against them for Sheffield United.

"I wanted to show that respect back, hence why I didn't celebrate when I scored, because they took a chance on me when I had nowhere else to go and I will always be grateful for that opportunity.

"When Tony (McMahon) put the ball down for the free-kick I begged him to let me take it. I could see a gap in the wall and I couldn't have struck it any better.

"It was a long way out, but I was just delighted to see it hit the back of the net."

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