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Clough's Crawley assessment

26 March 2014

Despite a slow start, Nigel Clough was delighted that the Blades returned to winning ways at Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

A goal in each half from midfielder Conor Coady, as well as a resolute defensive display, paved the way for three points to the tally.

The Blades chief commented: "In the first half we didn't start well but the first goal helped us settle down and we got better from there, it was a much better performance in the second half.

"The goal gave us confidence and it was a very professional performance defensively, the goalkeeper has made a few saves, the defence were solid and Doyley and the midfielders have protected the back four tremendously.

"We are now over the 50-point mark and closer to the play-offs than we are the bottom four. It is great that we are safe at the end of March and there is still all to play for.

"It's imperative that we keep the momentum going, we have responded magnificently to the defeat at the weekend and that result is now behind us."

Being 2-0 ahead going into the injury-time period at Crawley, Clough handed late senior debuts to Otis Khan and Connor Dimaio, both 18-year-old products of the Blades Academy.

"It is another important step in their development, getting on the pitch is great for them. They might have got a chance on Saturday if the result had been right but they have had a taste now and hopefully there will be more opportunities."

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