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Clough reflects on point

30 August 2014

Nigel Clough felt the Blades 'edged' Saturday's pulsating draw with Preston North End at Deepdale.

Jose Baxter with his third goal in as many league appearances earnt United a point in Lancashire after Andy Little somewhat fortunately gave the hosts an early lead.

Both teams could have snatched the win late on and on reflecting Clough was keen to acknowledge the performance of his in-form goalkeeper, but also left to rue missed opportunities at the other end.

The Gaffer commented: "It was a terrific game, a great advert for the division (it was probably the standard of a Championship fixture) and although I am biased I thought we just edged it, especially in the first-half.

"We could have won it in a very open second-half, before Mark Howard makes two or three crucial saves to preserve a point.

"Preston made our goalkeeper, we wasted too many chances, although we did score another fantastic goal.

"But with the openings we had, at somewhere like Deepdale, we should be scoring more than one goal, that has been our failing all season.

"We are seeing signs of progress though, we are still short of two or three players and we need to add to the squad, but we are edging closer to where we want to be with each game."

United aren't in action now until mid September with next week's scheduled home clash with the MK Dons postponed because of international call-ups and Clough insists that time will be very beneficial to the squad, especially players nursing injuries at the present time.

On Craig Alcock's absence against the Lilywhites, the Blades boss concluded: "Craig had a slight muscle strain from the West Ham game, we could have risked him and we consider it, but if he had broken down we would have been without for four to six weeks, so it just wasn't worth it.

"We go into our international break in great heart, spirits are high. We have two weeks to get everyone right now for Rochdale and after a bit of rest that will be the focus."

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