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Gaffer reflects on narrow defeat

18 January 2015

Nigel Clough refused to be too downbeat following Saturday's narrow 1-0 defeat against the MK Dons.

As was the case when the two sides met in the corresponding fixture at Bramall Lane in early December one goal proved to be enough to settle the contest in the Dons favour at stadiummk, despite United arguably looking the most likely winner.

Speaking after witnessing Carl Baker's strike prove to be the difference on this occasion, Clough remarked:

"We have played MK Dons three times now this season and there has been nothing in any of the games.

"In each game, twice in their favour and once in ours, it has come down to a chance going in at one end and not the other.

"Chances in each of the three games have been at a premium and that is why the odd goal has settled the contest each time.

"Jamal Campbell-Ryce has been is great scoring form and if it was our day his shot goes in off the goalkeeper instead of hitting his legs and bobbling wide.

"At the other end they have opened us up once and punished us, but it is incredible how we have lost both league games against them given they have only created three chances in the two matches."

The Gaffer admitted he was slightly frustrated with United's start, but was adamant the game would have ended very differently had it been the Blades that had opened the scoring, Clough added:

"We pressed them high up the field as much as we could, if you press too much they simply play round you like they do to a lot of teams when they create chances and often win easily.

"We were a bit passive in the first-half but if we had scored first we would have won the game."

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