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'Outstanding' Scougall earns praise

30 April 2014

Nigel Clough said Stefan Scougall was the 'outstanding player' in United's stalemate at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.

The former Livingston midfielder, who joined the Blades in January has impressed many onlookers during the second half of the season, including the Gaffer, who remarked:

"Stefan Scougall was the outstanding player on the pitch at Boundary Park, he was excellent.

"He wants to get on the ball, make things happen, run at defenders and work tirelessly for the cause. He sprints from start to finish and
that needs commanding because in a game of football you need to sprint until your lungs hurt."

Meanwhile, Clough was encouraged by the performance of defender Terry Kennedy, who started in place of the injured Neill Collins, although the Blades boss acknowledged the 19-year-old must continue to improve in certain areas.

He added: "Terry (Kennedy) did well again, he heads it and kicks it and his bravery cannot be questioned, but he has to improve on the ball, there were a couple of times he nearly got caught in possession in crucial areas, especially the one late on.

"Terry will never shirk a challenge, he will always put his body on the line and his head in where it hurts, but when your defenders have so much of the ball they have to be able to use it, even Harry Maguire's distribution was poor at times on Tuesday night which is unusual."

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