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Gaffer's Bradford verdict

29 December 2015

Nigel Adkins was understandably delighted with his players following Monday's 3-1 success over fellow promotion rivals Bradford City at Bramall Lane.

Billy Sharp fired the Blades into an early lead, before Conor Sammon and David Edgar, with his first United goal put the home side in the ascendency, meaning Gary Liddle's late near post header was nothing more than a consolation.

Speaking after his side's fourth consecutive win in all competitions and a fifth game unbeaten, Adkins remarked: "It was a typical Yorkshire derby and the lads were resolute and we had a real grit about ourselves.

"We went in front through a fantastic strike from Billy Sharp and then in the second-half for 25 minutes we were excellent and played some very good football, that's how we want to play.

"We looked assertive and dominant and we must continue to build on the momentum we are gathering, Conor (Sammon) and David (Edgar) got their goals and there were several good individual performances.

"It was competitive, we knew it would be, but as a team we had a real unity and togetherness about ourselves and for me we were dominant across the pitch against a good side."

The Gaffer added: "Bradford have got a very good defensive record and they caused us a few problems offensively, but it was a good win, a great atmosphere and a deserved three points.

"Our game management was first class and Paul Coutts played his best game since we arrived, he was exhilarating at times, whilst Dean (Hammond) and Chris (Basham) give us that steely determination in the middle of the park.

"Martyn (Woolford) is improving all the time too, whilst Billy (Sharp) really had the bit between his teeth and the ball was sticking when we were playing the ball forward, when he does that it brings others into play and that's what we are aiming for."

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