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Clough pleased with response

Nigel Clough praised the reaction of his Sheffield United side as they bounced back from their weekend defeat by beating Crawley.

The Blades saw their impressive unbeaten run come to an end on Saturday as they lost to Wolves, but Connor Coady's double at the Broadfield Stadium got them back to winning ways.

And with Peterborough and MK Dons losing, it has reignited hopes of breaking into the top six.

"It's imperative to put the weekend loss behind us. That's why I was disappointed about the way we started because leading up to the first goal we couldn't put two passes together," Clough said.

"Back to winning ways and confidence levels go high again and we can put Saturday behind us and we can look forward to the next 10-11 games.

"It's brilliant to get over the 50-point mark and we're only seven points off sixth-place now with a game in hand - it's a great position to be in.

"We're closer to the play-offs than the bottom four which is very important. Even looking ahead if we don't make it this year, we have to come to places like Crawley and get results like we did at Gillingham, Colchester and MK Dons."

United defender Harry Maguire was booked late in the second half and will be banned for the next two matches, but Clough believes it could be a blessing in disguise with the club set to visit Wembley next month in their FA Cup semi-final tie with Hull.

"We've lost Harry now for a few games which maybe isn't a bad thing," he added.

"We didn't want him going into the games before the semi-final worried about the booking so we'll have to find a centre-half for Saturday and Tuesday."