Blackie's Plymouth reaction

Last updated : 06 December 2009 By Bladesmadeditor

1253306470_spt_ai_sheffutd_sheffwed_23The 'Blackwell outers' may be going back into their shells for the time being as United have now recorded three wins on the bounce. The Blades gaffer did promise an improvement in results when all of the injured players recovered - and his vow has become reality - United haven't lost since the beginning of November.

James Harper's firm hit into the bottom-corner of Romain Larrieu's goal salvaged maximum points for the Blades. It was another late smash-and-grab from the Red and White Wizards - we all know what happened last week at Bristol City.

Kevin Blackwell says he is pleased with the players' professionalism and is over the moon to win a scrappy affair. He said: "The weather was absolutely awful with the wind blowing in different directions in different areas of the pitch, and the lads commented after the warm-up on how heavy the pitch was.

"We warned the lads beforehand that Paul Sturrock would send his team out to be quick, strong and aggressive because they wanted to put things right after last week.

"They were very tenacious and we needed to be dogged, particularly in defence where we were superb because throughout the team we stayed focussed.

"We were building pressure towards the end and their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, but it is so important to keep clean sheets when games are tight and a goal either way can be decisive.

"The lads were thoroughly professional given the conditions and the opposition. It was a real battle and sometimes you just have to win ugly and take 1-0 wins, get on the bus with the points and get home."

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