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Resolve pleases Blades chief

1 August 2014

Nigel Clough was pleased with United's latest pre-season test as Turkish champions Fenerbahçe were beaten at Bramall Lane.

Late goals from Chris Porter and Neill Collins gave United victory in a fixture which was designed to help United celebrate 125 years as a Football Club, as well as raising funds and awareness for the Turkish Mining Disaster back in May.

Fenerbahçe opened the scoring early on but that gave boss Clough the chance to check out his side's resolve.

Afterwards, he commented: "Fenerbahçe had the majority of the game and were comfortable in position. They were big, strong, technically very good and we knew it would offer us a different type of test from the other pre-season fixtures.

"Mark Howard made a couple of important saves but we had one of the best chances in the game in the first few minutes through Marc McNulty.

"The containment aspect of the game was good for us. We had to keep teams quiet at times last season and that was the case here, especially after the early goal was scored. It is important, at times like that, that you don't concede another because then it is very difficult to get back in the game.

"At one down you are always in the game and that's how it played out, the goals from Chris and Neill made it a memorable night.

"Overall, the night was about the occasion, but the lads will benefit from playing against quality, international players."

Homegrown midfielder Louis Reed impressed onlookers once again and was the recipient of kind words from his manager.

Clough added: "Pre-season has been brilliant for him, it has been a wonderful experience.

"It was another pleasing performance from him. He is technically as good as anything we have and you have to remember he only turned 17 last week. He has ability and is certainly in our thinking as we near draws nearer."

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