Cup glory takes a back seat says Nigel

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

A BREAD and but­ter vic­tory tasted even bet­ter to Nigel Clough than Sh­effield United’s head­line-grab­bing FA Cup suc­cess at Ful­ham in mid­week.

Quick­fire goals from Ryan Flynn and new sign­ing Ste­fan Scougall in­side 17 min­utes lifted United to the brink of safety against Shrews­bury.

In con­trast, the 50-point sur­vival tar­get set by Shrews care­taker boss Mike Jack­son looks a long way off on this tame ev­i­dence.

Asked about the rel­a­tive value of the two wins, the Blades boss said:“It was more im­por­tant be­cause we started sec­ond bot­tom in the league.

“It was a hard work­ing, pro­fes­sional per­for­mance from us.

“We played some lovely stuff in the first half and, whilst we didn’t sit back, we made it as hard as pos­si­ble for them to cre­ate chances.

“We lost a two-goal lead at home to Brad­ford and couldn’t af­ford that to hap­pen again.

“Ste­fan got him­self a goal and his per­for­mance was as good as anybody’s in our side.We’ve got more abil­ity than some sides in this league but we’re go­ing to need ev­ery­thing.”

Livewire Scougall also made the open­ing goal to pre­sent Blades with the per­fect tonic start.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder pro­duced the per­fect cut back for Ryan Flynn to drive con­fi­dently past Chris Weale in the 11th minute be­fore sneak­ing a sec­ond with a 25-yard daisy­cut­ter the Shrews goal­keeper should have stopped.

Paul Parry was the in­sti­ga­tor of Shrews­bury’s best chances in ei­ther half. Joseph Mills could only drag his cross into the side net­ting in the 33rd minute but Jon Tay­lor should have done bet­ter than shoot wide from a fine po­si­tion ten min­utes af­ter the break.

Those were iso­lated mo­ments of dan­ger, how­ever, from a neat Shrews side as Blades held them at arms length with Harry Maguire again dom­i­nat­ing a steady-look­ing back four.

For Blades, Jose Bax­ter volleyed over from a good po­si­tion af­ter the open­ing salvo and Jamie Mur­phy sent a pow­er­ful shot just over in the sec­ond half.

An hon­est Jack­son said: “We didn’t do enough to get any­thing from the game.We weren’t flat in terms of en­ergy but we were in tempo.

“We shuf­fled the ball from side to side and back­wards and that en­abled them to get play­ers be­hind the ball.

“It’s go­ing to take a rol­ly­our-sleeves-up job from us be­cause no­body is go­ing to give us any­thing. We need 23 more points from our last 16 games. I’m still con­fi­dent we can do it.”

STAR MAN STE­FAN SCOUG

ALL Sh­eff United

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