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Gaffer remains positive

18 January 2014

Nigel Clough refused to think negatively despite seeing his side pegged back to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating derby against Bradford City at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Goals from Jamie Murphy and Harry Maguire put United in the ascendancy with 40 minutes gone, but two unfortunate goals for the Bantams in seven second-half minutes gave City a share of the spoils, despite United finishing the game strongly.

Speaking after the Gaffer remarked: "It was a brilliant game for the neutral, a cracking Yorkshire derby, but I can't believe we didn't walk away with all three points.

"We thoroughly deserved to win the game, but again an untimely deflection and a bounce of the ball has denied us.

"Bradford's first goal changed the complexion of the game totally, it was an harmless, speculative effort that's hit the heels of a defender and totally wrong footed George Long.

"Their second goal is a great delivery into the box, we shouldn't have given away the free-kick in the first place, but there wasn't much we could do about the end result.

"But our response their after was tremendous. Everyone would have expected the momentum to spur Bradford on for a winner, but we totally dominated the last 25 minutes."

Analysing both of the Blades goals, Clough put them down to work on the training ground, adding:

"We have been encouraging Jamie Murphy to get in the box at the back post for weeks and when he does he will get goals.

"We got into good positions on numerous occasions and sometimes you do need that break to go your way in the penalty area.

"We worked on set-pieces during the week because with Bradford's height it is one of their strengths, but it was lovely to see Harry Maguire back on the scoresheet from a corner."

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