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Gaffer reflects on Dale victory

14 September 2014

Nigel Clough felt the Blades 'deserved' to win Saturday's clash with Rochdale at Bramall Lane.

A defelcted Jamal Campbell-Ryce effort, his first for the Blades, late in the second-half proved decisive as United made it back-to-back 1-0 home victories in Sky Bet League One.

Reflecting on the success, which in the process extends the unbeaten in all competitions to five matches, the Gaffer commented:

"It was another cracking game of football, although it was so open at times it reminded me of the end of the season.

"Slowly things are coming together, we had to dig in and remain patient but in the end we got a deserved winner.

"We created the better of the chances, although most of the saves made by Conrad Logan were ones you would expect him to save, we did't make the most of the situations we made for ourselves.

"At the other end Mark (Howard) hasn't had much to do at all, apart from a vital save in injury time."

Clough was encouraged by the solidity and desire shown by his players against a Rochdale side that came to South Yorkshire on the back of a comfortable 4-0 win at Crawley Town.

The Blades boss added: "We looked strong and organised from back to front, Rochdale are a dangerous outfit going forward and let's not forget they have been free scoring away from home of late.

"The clean sheet was another major positive, we were also disciplined whilst trying to build on our lead and kill the game off rather than just hanging on.

"We are certainly moving in the right direction, ahead of two very tough away fixtures."

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