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Blackman's praise

7 January 2013

Nick Blackman was full of praise for his new team-mate Jamie Murphy, after the Scotsman's influential debut at Oxford United at the weekend.

Murphy, signed two days before the FA Cup clash at the Kassam Stadium, played just off Dave Kitson and won the free-kick that led to the first goal.

Looking back on Murphy's overall contribution and the Blades professionalism in Saturday's 3-0 success, Blackman commented:

"Jamie was a constant danger and I know from our Motherwell days together what a good player he is. He is a talented lad, he will get goals and most importantly he has fitted straight into the team.

"Oxford didn't cause us too many problems and from the start we looked a threat going forward."

With a fourth round tie against Reading at the Madejski Stadium now confirmed, Blackman concluded by analysing the Blades two second half goals against the U's:

"I don't know if my effort would have crept over the line with the defender trying to get there but thankfully Dave (Kitson) got ahead of his marker to make sure to make it 2-0.

"Dave has finished off chances like that for a number of years.

"For my goal it was a fantastic ball from Kevin (McDonald) and I was delighted to round off a fantastic afternoon. We will now relish a trip to Reading in the next round."

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