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Gaffer reflects on Oldham point

12 April 2015

Nigel Clough was in philosophical mood following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.


Second-half goals from Jason Holt and Jamie Murphy earnt the Blades a hard fought point after a brace from former United loanee Dominic Poleon had given the Latics a 2-0 half-time lead.


Looking back on a 'very good' point in the circumstances, Clough remarked: "We didn't get to grips with the conditions for the first 10 minutes or so, but after that we were very good at times, despite two mistakes in the first-half that cost us goals.


"We missed a great chance at 0-0, Marc McNulty hits the goalkeepers legs when he should score, then we lose possession and concede a soft opener, before Mark Howard gets caught for the second.


"But again we demonstrated fantastic character to come from 2-0 and get another point on the board."


Clough made five changes for the fixture in Lancashire and two further alterations at the interval, explaining the reasoning behind those decisions, he added:


"Matt Done, Steven Davies and Jamie Murphy were all struggling with knocks today, so we are even happier than Jamie managed to get through the game and get the equaliser.


"The draw keeps our unbeaten run going and coming back and getting a point from the position we found ourselves in is a very good result in the end.


"The changes to the starting XI were enforced and at half-time we had to change things because Terry (Kennedy) was injured and Louis Reed was finding it tough on the day."


The Gaffer concluded saying: "We didn't make mistakes against Barnsley and Doncaster and we won both games, I would hazard a guess that Preston and Bristol City have made the least mistakes, hence their positions at the top of the table.


"But our aim is to get in the play-offs and we are now a step closer after claiming a point on the road."



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