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U23s 2-1 Huddersfield - report

9 January 2017

United's U23s overturned a second-half deficit to beat Huddersfield Town in the Professional Development League at the Look Local Stadium.


Lewis O'Brien poked the visitors ahead midway through the second period at Stocksbridge, but goals from David Brooks and Marc McNulty in the final ten minutes saw the Blades secure a fifth win in six games in all competitions.


Aaron Ramsdale, James Wilson, Stefan Scougall and McNulty all completed 90 minutes, with the only negative of the afternoon being the late dismissal of Louis Reed.


Reflecting on the success, which stretches the unbeaten run to six matches, Academy Manager Travis Binnion remarked: "Winning is a good habit and we're moving in the right direction in terms of results after a difficult spell.


"But there is still plenty to improve on and hopefully in the coming weeks we can perform more consistently and at the same time get more positive results.


"The team showed good character though, at 1-0 down with ten minutes left it looked like being one of those days, but we've pulled something extra out and in the end deservedly took the spoils."


After a goalless opening 45 minutes, in which the Terriers enjoyed more possession, but with the Blades having the better chances, it was Town who took the lead in the 69th minute as O'BRIEN forced the ball home from close-range.


Scougall could have levelled immediately, but with little under ten minutes remaining BROOKS scored a wonderful curling effort with his right foot, having advanced inside from the left.


And with three minutes remaining MCNULTY smashed home having skipped past his marker from Reed's pass to complete the comeback in style.


That goal proved decisive, but the hosts finished with ten-men after Reed was red-carded for dissent after Brooks had been booked.


Blades: Ramsdale, Bennett, Kelly, Trani (Slater 76), Wilson, Semple, Reed, Wright (Mallon 61) McNulty, Brooks, Scougall.
Unused: Graham, Warhurst, Hallam.