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Gaffer pleased to have options

26 February 2015

Nigel Clough was delighted to see the strength in-depth within his squad come to the fore at Rochdale on Tuesday night.

The Blades boss made three changes for the win at Spotland, which included Marc McNulty, who went to open the scoring in Lancashire after replacing former Dale favourite Matt Done in the starting XI.

On the victory and utilising his squad, Clough said: "Matty has been carrying a couple of knocks, so that gave Marc the chance to start, but unfortunate he took a nasty whack early on and that forced him off at half-time.

"But we have stressed from day one this would be a squad game this season, it isn't and was never just going to be about 11 or 12 players, when we do need players to come in they have to be ready and they have been to date.

"Kieron Freeman has done brilliantly off the bench in the last two games, in a slightly unfamiliar position. He is a full-back, but an attacking one if we are being honest, but he has been ready when required and done his job admirably.

"We expected our rivals to win on Tuesday night but I bet nobody had as tough a game as we did at Rochdale, but we came through it to keep ourselves in touch with the teams above us."

Looking ahead to the weekend, Clough remarked: "We have won three on the bounce away from home and have scored seven goals in the process, we now have another tough one at Crawley on Saturday, but we go there full of confidence.

"Our support was tremendous again on Tuesday and thankfully we rewarded them with another three points.

"We have had a good month in general, we slipped up at Gillingham and probably would have beaten Coventry if we had kept 11 men on the field, but we are still moving in the right direction.

"Marc McNulty is a doubt for the weekend, but Matty Done is fresh and will come back in if Marc isn't fit."‚Äč

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