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Mixed emotions for Michael

11 August 2014

It would be fair to say Michael Higdon's Blades debut was a bitter sweet experience.

United's newest recruit, signed at the beginning of last week from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, scored on his home bow against Bristol City, having been handed the captain's armband pre-match by manager Nigel Clough.

But Wade Elliott's second-half strike proved to be the winning goal for the Robins at Bramall Lane and that left Higdon understandably disappointed.

Looking back on Saturday's events, the former Crewe marksman said: "Obviously I felt honoured and privileged to be asked to skipper the team by the Gaffer and I didn't hesitate in saying yes.

"We were excellent in the first-half and I was delighted to get my goal, but we really should have gone into the break in front because we were dominant after the equaliser.

"In the second-half the game itself went flat and we struggled to assert ourselves, but I honestly thought a draw would be a fair result, unfortunately they made a chance and took it."

On his own performance and fitness, Higdon added: "I felt sharp, but tired as the second-half progressed, that was to be expected, but I will get there sooner rather than later.

"We have an excellent group of players here and it has to be remembered that nothing is won or lost in August and now we have to look to progress in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday."

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