Sheffield United defender Terry Kennedy described last night’s victory over Peterborough as “the best moment of my career,” after thanking manager Nigel Clough and coach Chris Morgan for restoring his self-belief.
Kennedy, aged 20, admitted he was “lost for words” after celebrating his first start at Bramall Lane by helping United secure their sixth successive League One victory ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic.
Speaking after a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Ben Davies and Chris Porter which lifts Clough’s side to 10th in the table, Kennedy said: “I’m lost for words and to pull on that red and white shirt, here in front of those fans, means everything to me.
“The manager has been great for me and he’s given me so much confidence. I think he likes his defenders to be defenders first and foremost and, whatever else, I’ll always try and give everything I’ve got.”
“Morgs has also been brilliant,” Kennedy, a product of United’s Redtooth Academy, added. “I’m from Barnsley like him and he’s always been there for me and given me good advice. I can’t thank him enough for that and the rest of the lads too because they’ve been so good to me.
“But the best thing about the whole night is that we’ve come off there, won again and not conceded. It was a real team display and there’s a great spirit in the dressing room. I’m proud to be in there and just pleased to be playing.”
United, who host Athletic on Sunday, have now kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions and six in the league.
Harry Maguire (knee) is expected to return for that match whole John Brayford (calf) and Jamie Murphy (groin) will be assessed later this week.
“Terry has been excellent for us in the under-21’s,” Clough, who confirmed Callum McFadzean had been withdrawn after injuring a knee, said. “He’s put himself into the picture because of everything that you saw out there.
“Whole-hearted really isn’t the word. He’s shown bravery, committment and character out there. But he wasn’t the only one.”
“The fact we made so many changes makes that result even more satisfying,” Clough added. “The fact that six or seven of what you might want to call the usual starters didn’t shows that we’ve got some good depth.
“What helps as well is the momentum that we’ve been able to build up. You can see people going onto the pitch and believing, if they are forwards for example, that they are going to score. Likewise the defenders think they are going to keep clean sheets.”