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Gaffer's Iron verdict

20 December 2015

Blades boss Nigel Adkins thought his side were good value for Saturday's victory of his former club Scunthorpe United.

It was former Iron favourite Billy Sharp who unsurprisingly was United's match winner in Lincolnshire as the Blades moved up to eighth in Sky Bet League One following a third consecutive 1-0 victory in all competitions.

Reflecting on the success, the Gaffer commented: "It was a good three points, another clean sheet and Sheffield United's first ever win at Glanford Park I believe.

"It was a game played in blustery conditions and both goalkeepers made some good saves. We had a few chances and should have scored in the first-half through Dean Hammond.

"But we started the second-half really brightly and got our rewards. It was a competitive game, a physical battle, especially towards the end when Scunthorpe threw everything at us, but we stood up to the challenge."

Adkins added: "We work very hard on our set plays and that was one off the training ground, so credit to Andy Crosby and the players.

"It was destiny for Billy (Sharp) to score on his return to Scunthorpe I suppose, but this win is another step in the right direction and that's crucial ahead of the festive period.

"The performance was full of grit, desire and determination and credit to the fans who again travelled in good numbers and stuck right behind the players."

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