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Was all about guts and determination

8 April 2015

Nigel Clough was quick to praise the 'guts and determination' his side demonstrated to win a five-goal thriller against Doncaster Rovers at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.


A Jose Baxter penalty cancelled out Kyle Bennett's opener, before Matt Done bundled the Blades back in front in the second-half. Bennett replied again before Steven Davies settled the contest in United's favour with a fabulous strike in front of the Kop.


Reflecting on a hard fought win, the Blades boss remarked: "We were probably slightly fortunate to come away with all three points, because the game was so open it could have gone either way and the scoreline could have been anything.


"But the two goals Doncaster scored were incredible strikes, as was our winner goal courtesy of Steven Davies.


"It was a stark contrast to Saturday though, we played very well at times again, but especially in the second-half it was all about guts and determination and these lads fight so hard for each other in those situations.


"We have been creating chances and with the all round games of Done and Davies they will get you goals. The dilemma we have is accommodating them both in the team.


"Matty didn't quite look right on the left, so we tried Steven there and he end up getting an assist for the second goal."


Clough concluded by admitting United perhaps had a late let off when Rovers appealed vigorously for a penalty for handball, whilst the Gaffer was also keen to acknowledge his team had been pushed all the way by Paul Dickov's men.


He added: "Our penalty was an easy decision for the referee, the defender probably hasn't seen Matty and he has just clipped his trailing leg.


"For their shout late on it could have been, it wasn't deliberate by John (Brayford) but he has jumped up with his arms raised and sometimes they are given sometimes they aren't.


"It was a real open game, Doncaster have the second best away record in the league for a reason, they produced a very good performance and we had to dig in deep to wrestle to initiative back at times and get all three points."


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