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Gaffer's Coventry verdict

22 February 2015

Nigel Clough was quick to praise his players following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Coventry City, as United fought back from 2-0 down with ten men to rescue a point at Bramall Lane.


Following Jose Baxter's early red card for a two footed lunge on Adam Barton, the Blades recovered from a Dominic Samuel double to deservadly earn a share of the spoils, with Michael Doyle and Jamie Murphy getting on the scoresheet in the 78th and 80th minute respectively.


Reflecting on the result and Baxter's dismissal, the Gaffer remarked: "It is a remarkable effort from the players to earn a point, having been 2-0 down with 15 minutes remaining and having played for around 80 minutes including added time with just 10 men.


"Jose has apologised for his tackle but it has cost us two points, you just can't tackle like that and he knows that.


"Some referees might have been lenient and only given a yellow, but we have no complaints at all, it was the same as when Michael Higdon got sent off at Chesterfield."


The manner of the fightback and United's composure also drew praise from Clough, who added:


"When you go behind with 10 men the way to get back into the game isn't to just throw men forward, because if you do you will get beat four or five nil.


"Their second goal straight after the break was a big blow to us because we just wanted to surprise them with Done and Murphy up top and see if we could get a goal.


"But we regrouped and played our way back into the game with through good football and by showing intent to go forward at times without being silly and throwing caution to the wind.


"Paul Coutts was feeling his groin a bit so we put Kieron Freeman on the right, to be solid first and foremost but also to get forward and put balls in the box, in the end he had a hand in both goals which was really pleasing."



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