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Gaffer's Donny verdict

14 February 2016

Nigel Adkins felt the Blades were worthy winners of Saturday's South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Che Adams scored the decisive goal, his first since October to ensure United netted the derby day spoils and Adkins, who made four changes to his starting XI including handing Dominic Calvert-Lewin a first league start for the Club, was delighted with his side's performance.

The Gaffer remarked: "There were many aspects to the victory that were pleasing, but I thought Dom and Louis (Reed) were both excellent. They have had to be patient and wait for a chance but they both took the opportunity and contributed heavily to a thoroughly deserved away win.

"As a management team we have a reputation of having the confidence and belief in playing young players and we just had a feeling the time was right to re-introduce two or three.

"Che (Adams) looked a genuine threat throughout and took his goal well, whilst Jose Baxter showed what he is capable of playing in his preferred position off the striker and Dean (Hammond) did all his usual donkey work again.

"We defended well against the direct threat Doncaster offered meaning George (Long) was rarely troubled and we saw the game out professionally to gain a good clean sheet too."

Adkins hopes his side can now build on the momentum during forthcoming fixtures against Bury and Port Vale.

He added: "With three games in a week these three points give us a real boost after losing to Wigan.

"Now we have to be positive and look for a couple more victories to put us right back in the race for promotion this season.

"It won't be easy, there are no easy games in this division, but this squad of players has a genuine belief and resilience within it and hopefully we can now really kick on."

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