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Gaffer's Vale verdict

26 April 2014

Nigel Clough is pleased to see the Blades are developing a 'winning mentality'.

Speaking after two late goals from Jamie Murphy and substitute Chris Porter paved the way for a comeback win against Port Vale on Friday night, the Gaffer was quick to praise the spirit and character of his players.

He remarked: "We had to hang on in there for long periods of the game, but the performance is indicative of the spirit within the group.

"Port Vale work unbelievably hard as you would expect with Micky Adams in charge and we were in a real battle throughout.

"Their goal was slightly fortunately, they got a lucky break of the ball, but that was the first goal we have conceded in the last 11 night matches, a remarkable stat!"

Clough was also delighted with the manner of United's goal and the patience his side demonstrated at Vale Park, adding:

"We had a lot of possession in the first-half without penetrating, but remaining patience got us two tap-ins in the last 10 minutes. If you do the basics well enough on a consistent basis the percentages normally come down in your favour.

"We have to get the balance right going forward, we want to be positive without being reckless and over the course of the season we have.

"We want to instill a winning mentality and that was proved by not sitting back at 1-1. It is satisfying when you get your reward."

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