Chris Wilder was quick to praise his senior players following Saturday's FA Cup success at Ipswich Town.
A superb strike from Nathan Thomas proved to be the decisive goal at Portman Road, but it was the performance of his team as a whole that pleased Wilder.
He remarked: "I'm not surprised by the consistent attitude of my players and how they go about it in what was not the most glamorous of FA Cup ties.
"We made a few changes, but we've come and do and a job and come through it unscathed.
"We've produced a solid performance and should have taken the game away from the opposition, I thought there were some excellent performances and my senior players were absolutely outstanding.
"The likes of Stearman, Wright, Basham, Lafferty and Sharp demonstrated a first-class attitude and that's a fantastic example for the other players involved.
"It was a great goal worthy of winning the tie, but I'm more delighted we've not just gone out of the back having made changes."
The boss added: "We've not taken our eye off the ball, I told the players I wouldn't accept excuses and our game management was spot on.
"They had very few chances and it was a very good performance from a group of players that haven't played much recently.
"I'm also delighted we've got an excellent young player on the pitch in the second-half and he's showed what he's about."