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Gaffer's pride in cup display

10 January 2016

Nigel Adkins was bursting with pride in the aftermath of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford, despite his side exiting the competition in the cruellest of circumstances.

Wayne Rooney's penalty deep into stoppage-time proved to be the game's decisive moment, after Dean Hammond was adjudged to have fouled Memphis, but that should take nothing away from what was a fantastic gutsy display from the Blades.

The Gaffer remarked: "Manchester United showed us the utmost respect with the team they fielded and we wanted to be positive to start with.

"We knew it would be tough, it was, but we did ever so well. We defended excellently, we were resolute, we had a grit and desire about ourselves and we threw our bodies on the line on numerous occasions.

"We were organised, disciplined and the players worked their socks off, they gave it a real go as they have done in every game in recent weeks and we were backed by over 8,000 supporters who be were so noisy it was unbelievable.

"Things are coming together at this Club, we can see clear signs of it now, from the players right through to the supporters, everyone is united together.

"What was such a shame is we lost the tie to a penalty in the 93rd minute, from a challenge that was just an honest endeavour to try and keep the ball out of our net."

Adkins added: "We felt comfortable defensively for long periods so to lose the game like we did hurts especially having come to Old Trafford and from very early on be well in the tie and look like taking them back to Bramall Lane for a replay.

"We would have been ecstatic with a win or a draw, even more so having played against arguably against Manchester United's strongest possible side.

"Moving forward we have to take a lot of heart from this performance, the players were excellent, the fans were too and now we really have to kick on."

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