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Gaffer's Wigan verdict

13 January 2016

Blades boss Nigel Adkins was keen to 'heap' the praise onto his players following Tuesday's thrilling 3-3 draw at promotion rivals Wigan Athletic.

United looked to be heading to defeat after goals from Will Grigg, Haris Vuckic and Chris McCann put the Latics three goals in front with less than 25 minutes remaining, but the Blades refused to throw in the towel and deservedly left the DW Stadium with a share of the spoils after a Matt Done double and a fifth goal in as many league matches for Billy Sharp.

Reflecting on the dramatic fightback, Adkins remarked: "If anything optimises the pride and spirit we have got within the squad then that says it all, especially on the back of the game against Manchester United.

"We played ok in the first-half and fell behind in unfortunate circumstances where they counter attack after the referee gets in the way, and then we concede on the stroke of half-time from a cross which we should be dealing with better.

"In the second-half we go 3-0 behind against the run of play, but the character the players demonstrated, especially when a key decision went against us in the first-half when they defender should be sent off for the foul on Jose (Baxter), was terrific.

"But we looked fit, strong and really up for it and the supporters were quick to acknowledge the never-say-die spirit we have got amongst the group at the final whistle, we are united together."

The Gaffer added: "We know we can score goals, but we are demonstrating consistently that grit, determination, desire and camaraderie that is going to be required if we are going to be successful this season.

"We don't know when we are beaten and that encourages everyone that we have an opportunity in the weeks and months ahead.

"But all in all I can't heap enough praise on the players for the way we fought back and we so nearly won the game through Billy Sharp, who was terrific."

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