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Long may it continue

4 December 2013

George Long is adamant United's revival under Nigel Clough will continue.

Saturday's entertaining draw at table-topping Leyton Orient moved the Blades out of the League One relegation zone and Long is confident that is just the beginning of an improved run.

Speaking after a man of the match display at the Matchroom Stadium, the 20-year-old stopper remarked:

"There's a fresh mentality at the Club now. Orient are on top of the division but we went there and stayed with them throughout. That's something, given the position we're in at the moment.

"We've shown that we're capable of getting results against anyone in this division providing we are disciplined, well-organised and resolute. You don't get handed anything."

Commenting on the Blades progress under Clough, who was appointed at the end of October, Long added:

"It's a different experience being down towards the bottom. We're used to pushing for promotion but this situation requires different qualities and you discover new things about yourself.

"Don't get me wrong, it's not something we enjoy, but I do think it's bringing us closer to together. First and foremost, we're looking to be difficult to beat and that's beginning to show in our results. We're making positive progress and long may it continue in the months ahead.

"The new Gaffer has come in and underlined the importance of not giving anything away. Also, he wants to build from back to front. Training has changed. It's very short, sharp and intense now. Hopefully the work we are doing during the week is starting to pay off."

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