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Nigel Clough praise for Sheffield United side

5 March 2014

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough paid tribute to his much-changed side after they beat Peterborough United 2-0 to make it eight wins in a row in all competitions.

With injuries to contend with and one eye on Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton, Clough made six changes to his starting line-up and the Blades were always in command.

Ben Davies opened the scoring two minutes after the break with a superb free-kick and substitute Chris Porter added a second in the 88th minute.

Despite having plenty of possession, Peterborough never seriously put Mark Howard's goal under threat.

Clough said: "It was immensely satisfying with the changes we made. It keeps the run going and puts us in a nice position in the league.

"We've got injuries and one or two needed a rest. For the lads to come in and do the job as they did was absolutely brilliant for everybody.

"I think the fact that they're coming into a confident, winning side always helps. There's enough experience out there as well to help them.

"We're not quite safe yet but we're getting there. I think it might be the first time that we're closer to the top six than the bottom three.

There are a lot of big tests ahead for us.

"We could have had that second goal earlier and certainly before half-time. I was disappointed not to go in one-nil up a half-time.

"It was brilliant organisation from the players and we can't wait until Sunday."

Clough singled out Davies for praise after marvelling at his goal and added: "It was absolutely superb. We've watched him do it for a few seasons and we've watched him take a bag of balls out after training and practice. That's why he's so good at them.

"He's played the best part of two games out of position at right-back and looked very comfortable. Ben is one of those players you can rely on."

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson admitted: "It was a poor performance.

We were too slow in the first half and there was no tempo and energy to the game.

"We didn't move the ball quick enough or pass it quick enough. We couldn't have started the second half any worse when the boy Davies scored with a helluva free-kick.

"We got a bit more width in the second half but we couldn't break them down, it was as simple as that. You're always prone to the counter-attack then and they did that very well. I still felt that the second goal was soft.

"We got possession but not in areas that really hurt Sheffield United. C redit to them because they set up very well and they're on a good run."

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