Mur­phy: Blades will be in mix next term

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Adams To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

OUT of the cup and play­ing for pride in the league, Sh­effield United still staged a glo­ri­ous late come­back at Port Vale on Fri­day night that left goalscorer Jamie Mur­phy in no doubt about their am­bi­tion.

The Blades were play­ing their 22nd game in 12 weeks but man­aged to find enough re­serves of en­ergy to score twice in the fi­nal seven min­utes at Vale Park.

The home side had led through Louis Dodds’ goal six min­utes af­ter the break but Mur­phy equalised with three min­utes to go and Chris Porter fired the win­ner in the 90th minute.

Hav­ing been trans­formed from rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates to FA Cup gi­ant killers, United look cer­tain to be re­garded as one of the pro­mo­tion favourites next sea­son.

And af­ter deny­ing Vale and Blades-sup­port­ing boss Micky Adams a fifth con­sec­u­tive clean sheet, Mur­phy is des­per­ate to keep the good times rolling.

“I thought, to come back in the man­ner we did, showed our spirit,” Mur­phy.“We don’t like los­ing no mat­ter what is at stake.We want to win ev­ery sin­gle time we go out on the field and that’s a good men­tal­ity to have. Hope­fully it will serve us well in the fu­ture.

“It’s im­por­tant to keep our mo­men­tum go­ing. The gaffer has un­der­lined the im­por­tance of do­ing that and it’s some­thing we’ve all bought into too.”

Dodds al­most had Vale ahead on four min­utes, crash­ing a shot against the post be­fore Harry Maguire did enough to stop Ben Wil­liamson putting in the re­bound.

John Bray­ford fired over for the Blades as they grew into the game but it was Vale who took the lead just af­ter the break.

Adam Yates’ pass took a de­flec­tion and left Dodds with the chance to fin­ish. It was Mur­phy who even­tu­ally drew the Blades level, Bray­ford break­ing down the right to find his team­mate who thumped home.

And just as it looked as though the game would end in a draw, Porter smashed in a left-foot shot to win the game.

While United are plan­ning with op­ti­mism for the fu­ture,Vale are sweat­ing on Adams’ fu­ture with the man­ager want­ing money to spend in the sum­mer be­fore de­cid­ing whether to stay. He said:“I want to build on what we have done here.

“To build on that you need your bet­ter play­ers to sign con­tracts and you need to bring bet­ter play­ers into the club in cer­tain ar­eas we are lack­ing.

“What you then have to think about is, is there enough money in the budget to do that be­cause if there isn’t, and it is go­ing to be a real strug­gle.”

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rough HIGH FIVE: Lloyd Is­grove cel­e­brates his goal. In­set: Conor Wash­ing­ton scores for Peter­bor­ough


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