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Nigel Clough: Seventh Sheffield United win best of bunch

1 March 2014

Sheffield United's 1-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons gave them their seventh successive victory and manager Nigel Clough hailed what he felt was the best of the lot.

Stefan Scougall struck the only goal of the game after 23 minutes to keep the Blades in the top half of League One having not long ago been stuck in the relegation zone.

While the FA Cup quarter-finalists are on a role, this result was a further blow to the Dons' fading play-off hopes.

Clough said: "We said after the Gillingham game that that was our best three points of the season, but that's been superseded here.

"It's because of the circumstances of it - the quality of opposition, what's gone into our games of late.

"To put what we did in here was quite staggering really.

"The thing we could have done differently was that we could have got a second goal at the start of the second half.

"It's happened a few times when we've gone in at half-time one-nil up and the home team then put us under pressure and turn the tables.

"For 20 minutes in the second half we could have had that second goal because we played well enough to get one.

"That was above and beyond - the hard work they put in was on a different level and to keep a clean sheet again along with another away victory is incredible."

Sheffield United's winner came when Conor Coady's throughball sent Scougall clear and the young Scot finished calmly into the bottom corner.

Jose Baxter then had an effort cleared off the goal-line by Jordan Spence in the second half before David Martin saved with his legs to deny the same man later on.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said: "I'm not going to argue that we deserved to win it because we didn't play enough football to win it.

"We can't say we were dominant or classy in possession - far from that, we definitely huffed and puffed.

"They made sure players weren't running off them and blocked runners but because we were trying to be honest, they ran beyond our backline and scored a very well-worked goal.

"But the players were told on Friday and they just switched off.

"When there was no space to play we couldn't get around them and we couldn't get crosses in.

"I thought we needed extra bodies in the box so Sanmi Odelusi and Alan Smith came on with Ryan Hall putting crosses in.

"We definitely huffed and puffed second half and had two really good chances, but I think to say we could've walked away with three points would be a little unfair on them."

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