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Knill's Oxford verdict

28 August 2016

Assistant Manager Alan Knill described Saturday's success over Oxford United as a 'massive win'.


Deputising for boss Chris Wilder as he spoke to the media post-match, Knill admitted it was a relief to get a first three points of the season and felt the Blades were good value for the spoils as goals from Billy Sharp and James Wilson cancelled out Kane Hemmings's first-half opener.


Knill commented: "It is a massive win for everyone, for the staff, the players and the supporters it is much needed and it was a brilliant performance throughout.


"Even going a goal behind again and making it more difficult for ourselves, the reaction was brilliant. We were positive and on the front foot, but we have for much of the season.


"We haven't got as many points as we'd have liked, but we've never been outplayed, not even when 3-0 against Southend."


Wilder's number two added: "It might sound silly, but it was an easy team talk at half-time. We had the belief standing on the touchline and thankfully the players did on the pitch.


"We are trying to instil that confidence and belief into the group and when they give the crowd some to shout about they were fantastic too.


"We thought we had covered all bases in training having had a rare blank week and we wanted to stretch the opposition and be bright on the break.


"I thought the front two worked so hard throughout and that gave us a real outlet at times.


"This has to be the start of a run of games where we accumulate as many points as possible."


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