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JPT progress pleases Clough

8 October 2014

Nigel Clough was happy to see the Blades progress to the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, after a deserved 2-1 win over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Tuesday night.

The returning Jose Baxter opened the scoring on the half hour before Jamal Campbell-Ryce netted a late winner after Michael Duckworth had levelled for the Pools at the beginning of the second-half.

Speaking afterwards, the satisfied Blades boss remarked: "It is always pleasing to get a victory on the back of a defeat and it was a decent enough performance. We had enough chances to win the game comfortably and their goal comes with the aid of a deflection.

"We made 11 changes, but the focus was always to win the game and progress, that doesn't change regardless of the competition.

"Winning is a good habit, it goes without saying that losing is not a nice feeling and it isn't something we want to experience too often."

Clough continued: "It was another terrific goal from Jose (Baxter) and it shows just what he is capable of, the main thing for him was getting 45 minutes under his belt ahead of schedule which is fantastic.

"Bob Harris produced a positive performance, he was always on the front foot and full of energy, whilst Harrison (McGahey) and Chris (Basham) did well at centre-half, they played in the Championship together for Blackpool so that was something we wanted to see for ourselves.

"Iain Turner needed a competitive run out, as did the likes of Reed, McGinn and Porter, whilst Campbell-Ryce needed to do 90 minutes after returning from injury."

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