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Nigel Clough proud of Sheffield United comeback

26 April 2014

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough praised the character of his side after they came from behind to score two late goals in the 2-1 win at Port Vale.

Vale had looked on course for a fifth successive home victory, that would have taken them above the Blades in the table, until Jamie Murphy and substitute Chris Porter netted in the last seven minutes to turn the contest on its head.

The result was a big disappointment for Vale boss Micky Adams, a former supporter and manager of his hometown club Sheffield United.

But a more content Clough said: "Port Vale are a very good and underrated side so to come from behind as we did was a great effort from the boys.

"There was nothing between the sides in the first half and we looked in a bit of trouble after we went behind just after half-time.

"But we kept plugging away and in the end we managed to turn it around. After getting to 1-1 there was no thought of settling for a point. The boys wanted to win and get the three points.

"They kept going on adrenalin. Some of the lads are running on low energy levels and Jamie Murphy probably needs a rest more than anyone. But he's scored one goal and made the other and that's the sort of spirit we've got in the dressing room.

"We are playing for personal pride. We want to win as many games as we can and finish as high in the table as possible.

"On February 1 we were second from bottom of the table, so it's been a fantastic effort by all the players and everyone else concerned."

Adams, who had seen his side take the lead through Louis Dodds early in the second half, was disappointed his side could not hold on for three points that he felt were deserved.

"I'm disappointed with the result but we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves," said Adams.

"We had good shape, the boys worked very hard, but we ran out of legs in the last 10 minutes.

"There were a lot of positives. We've had some young players out there who will learn a lot from the experience and our fans were terrific.

"I don't like losing games and I certainly don't like losing two on the spin, which we haven't done very often this season. We've still got a game left at Peterborough and we will do our best to win there.

"After that the fun and games begin. The speculation of who is staying and who is going, but that's the name of the game.

"I've got a great dressing room here. I respect the players and the players respect me."

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