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Scorers praised

9 December 2013

Nigel Clough was full of praise for Jose Baxter and Jamie Murphy, after the duo scored in Sunday's FA Cup win at Cambridge United.


The Gaffer is optimistic that the aforementioned pair are close to hitting top form.


Of Murphy, Clough said: "We spoke about Jamie starting to look dangerous recently and he took his opportunity when replacing Stephen McGinn.


"We know what Jamie is about and when he gets at defenders and puts them on the back foot he is a very good player, capable of scoring plenty of goals, he has proved that in Scotland.


"He capitlised on the space down the left and we knew beforehand, because of the way Cambridge played, that we could exploit them down the flanks."


The Blades boss was also keen to mention Baxter's contribution against the Conference Premier leaders, adding:


"Jose will get us goals if we get the ball to him in the right areas, he has shown in the last two games what he is capable of if he works hard.


"He has got the quality, so if he continues to put in a shift he will be an important player for us."


The only blemish of the weekend was a knee injury sustained by Stephen McGinn, which forced the Scotsman off midway through the first-half.


Clough remains hopeful it won't be too serious, saying: "Stephen felt a twinge in the back of his knee. We will investigate it fully during the days ahead, but hopefully it isn't anything too serious.


"He could run on it, but felt it when he kicked through the ball, so it was common sense to get him off straight away to avoid the risk of making it worse."


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