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Praise from the Gaffer

12 February 2015

A number of individuals were highlighted for praise from Nigel Clough in the aftermath of Tuesday's victory over Colchester United.

The Bramall Lane success not only earned three points, but also marked United's first double of the season, the first time Clough's side have held a two-goal lead at half-time and the first time that has been turned into four goals in one game.

There were some impressive performers, who Clough thought warranted a name check, commenting: "Matty Done's first goal was a terrific one, firstly the pass from Bob Harris then the calmness and composure Matty showed is something that has really impressed us with him.

"But Matty's all round game was excellent too, he is a pest to defenders, he doesn't give them a moment's peace and that helps us press the opposition as a team.

"Matty scores goals and makes them too, he was very unlucky with the goal that was disallowed and although he was blowing a bit and feeling his ankle, we are hopeful he will be fit for the weekend.

"The first goal was the most important, if scrappiest of the night, it was in the six yard box and Jose (Baxter) has forced it home, we as a team don't score enough of those.

"Jay McEveley tried a couple of those (long-distance efforts) against Preston last week and they landed about 20 rows back! But when he gets his head over the ball and strikes it cleanly then he has got every chance because he has got a lovely left foot."
At the other end, the Blades were forced into a late change. Mark Howard was named on the teamsheet but a back problem in the warm-up saw Iain Turner line up in goal.

"Mark's back ceased up during the warm-up so we are fortunate to have someone with the experience of Iain Turner," added Clough.

"Iain is a great professional and a good example for the youngsters, because he prepares as though he is playing the game and that meant he was ready to be called upon.

"Iain made two timely saves in the first-half, he denied them in the opening minute and then made a very good save to deny Chris Porter an equaliser, if either of those goals had gone in it could have been a very different game."

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