Nigel Clough described last night’s victory over Notts County as “our best three points of the season so far” as Sheffield United increased the heat on their automatic promotion rivals.
A second-half goal from Matt Done, after Liam Noble had cancelled-out Jamie Murphy’s opener for the visitors, saw Clough’s side finish the evening 11 points behind second-placed MK Dons having played two games less.
“That was a very satisfying victory,” Clough said. “Because we had to work hard for it but I think it was definitely deserved.
“Notts County have got Shaun Derry written all over them. They scrap, fight for everything and never ever give up. Credit to them and their manager for that.
“But we played some really good stuff before having to dig-in. The two finishes we put away were very different but they both came from some excellent play.
“There’s still around a third of the season to go and that’s an awful lot of football to play. There’s a long way to go yet but we’ll just keep on working hard and trying to improve.”
Murphy opened the scoring with a spectacular effort before Done, netting for the fourth time in three outings since leaving Rochdale earlier this month, ensured United recorded their third successive win following victories over Colchester and leaders Bristol City.
“Matty got his reward for all the hard work he put in,” Clough added. “And credit to Marc McNulty when he came on as a substitute for him too because he, I thought, was also excellent.
“Jamie’s was a superb finish and to beat a ‘keeper of Roy Carroll’s quality, from that distance, it had to be.”
Clough, who distanced himself from reports that Millwall’s John Marquis is a target - “That’s news to me” - also reserved special praise for United’s travelling support after nearly three thousand fans made the journey from South Yorkshire to Meadow Lane.
“To see so many here was absolutely magnificent,” he said. “Don’t under-estimate what seeing that meant to the lads and we’re just pleased we could send them home happy.”