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Gaffer delighted with Dale victory

25 February 2015

Nigel Clough was delighted to see his side leave Spotland with all three points, following Tuesday's hard fought 2-1 over Rochdale.

Goals from Marc McNulty and John Brayford, his first since returning to Bramall Lane, paved the way for a vital three points, made all the more important after victories for Bristol City, Preston and Swindon elsewhere.

On the win in Lancashire, Clough, who praised Keith Hill's side, felt his side earnt their win.
He remarked: "It was a resolute and battling performance and it needed to be because two of our toughest games this season have come against Rochdale.

"Rochdale work tirelessly, they sprint all over the pitch they close you down and stop you playing, but we scored two good goals, even if the second one was slightly fortunate. I thought we deserved our victory for the endeavour we showed.

"The build-up play for the second goal was pleasing and one of the times we managed to get the ball down and play. We generally have put too many shots over the top this season, so John's shot just proves what can happen with these balls when you hit the target."

The Gaffer believes the team spirit within his squad will be invaluable in the weeks ahead, whilst the Blades boss praised striker Marc McNulty following his opening goal against Dale.

He added: "The togetherness within the group is shining through and it is coming at the right time, with 15 games to go.

"We have the will to win and the desire to succeed, if you show signs of weaknesses teams like Rochdale will exploit that and again the importance of scoring first was emphasised.

"It was a brilliant finish from Marc McNulty after a terrific pass from Bob Harris, we than managed to double our advantage before having to work extremely hard to see the game through after they scored."

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