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Nigel Clough points to missed chances

22 March 2014

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough rued missed chances after his side lost their 11-game unbeaten record following a 2-0 defeat to Sky Bet League 1 leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

James Henry opened the scoring at Bramall Lane when his 13th-minute cross from the right evaded Blades goalkeeper Mark Howard and crept inside the far post before fellow midfielder Dave Edwards sealed the win with a close-range finish eight minutes after the restart.

Henry also hit a post with a first-half strike, while the home side went close through Stefan Scougall's early drive, which was saved by Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, and John Brayford's attempt, which was cleared off the line by Richard Stearman on the stroke of half-time.

Clough said: "I thought it was a pretty even game, I just thought they took their chances and we didn't.

"They're top of the league; that's why they're top of the league, they're a little bit more clinical, a bit more experienced than us but I thought we prepared pretty well against them for most of the game.

"We had the best chance of the game early on (Scougall's) - that could've changed it. We thought we had a couple of decent penalty appeals in the first half as well so we didn't quite get the rub of the green that maybe we've been having of late.

"It was a good measure for us as to where we want to be in 12 months' time. If you're going to lose you're unbeaten run, you might as well do it to top of the league, which we did. Over the course of the last seven, eight months they have been the best team in the division and, at times, you see why.

"We played all right, we put them under pressure but they started both halves well. But, once we settled down in the game, I thought we were a match for them at times.

"The performance was good enough. We've gone from second from bottom a couple of months ago to going toe-to-toe with top of the league."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett was pleased to bounce back and take the three points after making four changes from his side's midweek defeat at Crawley.

"It was a fantastic win, I felt we needed to make some changes and we needed some fresh energy in the team," he said.

"On Tuesday night (the loss to Crawley) we didn't quite have as good energy and legs as we usually have and we really needed it today on a big pitch against a very good footballing side with the best part of 22,000 people here.

"I do have confidence in the players coming in that they know their roles. It's a big game to come in for but there's no point them being there if I don't think, at the right time, they can come in and give us some fresh energy.

"I thought as the game wore on we handled Sheffield United better and better. Some of their football in the first half was very, very good - as was ours - and I thought two quality teams and two quality clubs."

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