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Gaffer backs Long to succeed

16 November 2015

Nigel Adkins was pleased with the performance of goalkeeper George Long in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Southend United at Bramall Lane.


Adkins opted to keep the 22-year-old in goal at the expense of Mark Howard after consecutive clean sheets against Worcester City and Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy respectively and speaking post-match the Gaffer thought he took his opportunity with both hands.


Adkins remarked: "We kept George in the team because we have belief in him.


"He kicked well, he came and made his punches and put his body on the line once or twice to make crucial interventions.


"It is just a massive shame he was beaten by two very good strikes, but he is one of ours and has done very well in the last three games."


And the Blades boss believes Long has earnt his place back, adding: "We want some continuity with our team selection and with a goalkeeper, you are either in the team or on the bench, but George is someone we think a lot about and have high hopes about."