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Gaffer's Dale verdict

11 October 2015

Nigel Adkins felt his side were good value for Saturday's victory over Rochdale in Sky Bet League ​One.

A first-brace from Che Adams put the Blades in the ascendency at half-time and despite being pegged back for a second time after the interval, Neill Collins netted the decisive goal in front of the Kop to give United a third consecutive victory at Bramall Lane in all competitions.

Reflecting on the latest success, Adkins remarked: "It was a pleasing and deserved victory, we looked very dangerous going forward, with Che Adams back to his best.

"We changed the formation slightly to get the players in positions where they feel most comfortable and everyone contributed.

"Jose Baxter and Billy Sharp claimed excellent assists for Che's two goals, which he finished superbly.

"But for the winning goal, credit to Andy Crosby, we work hard on our set-pieces and it was one off the training ground, we got three players attacking the near post and with how Rochdale mark it gives you a chance and the delivery was excellent."

The Blades were forced into a re-shuffle at the break with Kieran Wallace and Harrison McGahey coming on and Adkins was quick to praise the character his side demonstrated.

On that and the injured players, he finished: "Despite conceding the two goals we reacted on both occasions to the setback by going down the other end and regaining our lead and Neill Collins always looks a threat from set-pieces.

"We had to make two enforced changes at half-time with Jay McEveley going for an x-ray on foot injury, whilst Stefan Scougall was feeling ill following a heavy whack to the back of his head.

"Having to make those changes and changing things round again wasn't ideal, but Kieran and Harrison slotted in and did well, it shows the importance of having a squad of players."

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