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Gaffer's County verdict

18 February 2015

Nigel Clough was understandably delighted with Tuesday's hard fought 2-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane.


Matt Done's fourth strike in three starts with 15 minutes remaining settled the contest in United's favour after Liam Noble had cancelled out Jamie Murphy's early opener.


On reflection, Clough remarked: "It is a good a three points as we have had all season, it was totally different to Bristol City but we knew that would be the case and it was a battle at times.


"Notts County fight and scrap for everything and that typifies a Shaun Derry side, but give them credit they can play a bit too.


"The goal we conceded was unfortunate to say the least, there wasn't a great deal we could do to stop that one happening, but I thought we were excellent in the first-half.


"What we have to do now when we are in control like we were, is go on and get a second, because if not they can equalise courtesy of a solitary attack.


"Jamie Murphy is proven to be very effective down the left, so we moved him out there and that allowed Jason Holt to get forward and support Matty Done.


"It is the same old adage, get the ball to Jamie and he will do some damage. His goal was almost a flashback to his strike at Doncaster, it wasn't quite as good but it had to be special to beat Roy Carroll from there."


Before praising the Blades match winner, the Gaffer heaped praise on goalkeeper Iain Turner, who continues to prove he is a more than able deputy for the injured Mark Howard.


Clough continued: "Iain Turner's save just after half-time, one of his only pieces of action on the night, proved to be very decisive. He said he only made one save, but what a save, if they had gone 2-1 up it could have been a very different outcome.


"The winning goal is so pleasing again, we get to the byline and score from close range, Matt Done has done that three times in two matches and when you think of how many balls were going into the box earlier in the season it just shows the importance of having somewhere who can get on the end of them."


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