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Skipper shares plaudits

13 February 2018

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Billy Sharp was keen to deflect some of the plaudits the way of his team-mates, following Saturday's win over Leeds.

Despite scoring twice, which saw him win man of the match, the skipper felt the two other players recalled to Chris Wilder's starting XI in addition to himself, contributed heavily to the success over Paul Heckingbottom's side.

He remarked: "Fair play to Jamal, I don't think he was 100%, but he pulled off a fantastic save in the first-half and second-half commanded his box really well.

"Duffs did what we know he can do, he was excellent and had a big influence on the game."

On his recall and match winning brace, the skipper added: "I've not been happy not to be playing, but I'm more delighted for the boys that we've won an important Yorkshire derby.

"For me I'm happy that I've started the game and managed to get two goals. I'm captain of the club now and I have to keep my head up and the boys head up when we aren't going too well.

"The Gaffer always wants people to make an impact when they've got a chance and personally I'm pleased to have taken my opportunity."

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