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Gaffer's JPT verdict

7 October 2015

Nigel Adkins was pleased with a job well done, as United breezed into the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 5-1 victory over Notts County at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

United scored three times without reply in the first, with Jose Baxter scoring penalties either side of Matt Done's strike. In the second-half former Blade Jon Stead pulled one back for County, but Stefan Scougall got his name on the scoresheet before Che Adams rounded off the win with another penalty after Haydn Hollis had been shown a straight red card.

Reflecting on the success, Adkins remarked: "It was a good game, we played some excellent attacking football and scored five goals, it could have easily been more.

"Matt Done looked lively and Che (Adams) was impressive up top. Jose Baxter scores two penalties and if he had stayed on a few minutes longer could have had a hat-trick, but overall it was a good performance.

"Stefan Scougall is another who got took his chance and did very well, he got into some good positions and deserved his goal.

"Jamal Campbell-Ryce was a constant threat throughout the game, he is a real asset to us when on top form and that bit of skill he produced in front of the Kop towards the end was worth the admission money alone."

The only disappointment in the Gaffer's eyes was been denied a clean sheet, he added: "We deservedly won the game, but we were disappointed not to keep what would have been a pleasing clean sheet, although on reflection their goal was offside so that's annoying.

"But this win should give us confidence ahead of the Rochdale game on Saturday and winning regardless of the competition is a good habit."

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