Late show is not an is­sue for Clough

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkill

BET­TER late than never suits Nigel Clough right down to the ground after Sh­effield United struck deep in stop­page time to beat Gilling­ham.

It had looked like the Gills were go­ing to snatch an un­de­served vic­tory after Luke Nor­ris slot­ted home in the 83rd minute.

But de­fi­ant United came back strongly and lev­elled through Michael Hig­don, be­fore Jamie Murphy fired past Stephen By­wa­ter in the sev­enth minute of in­jury time.

Clough said:“I have got a team that does not give up and plays right to the very end.

“Al­ready this sea­son we have scored some very im­por­tant late goals.

“Late goals are very im­por­tant and of­ten it feels more than just a win when you get them for what it does to con­fi­dence.

“It was a mas­sive part of Rother­ham’s pro­mo­tion last sea­son. That is one of our best per­for­mances of the sea­son.

“I thought it was go­ing to be one of those days. I feel for Peter Tay­lor, be­cause it is not a nice way to lose, but it would have been a trav­esty if we had not got any­thing to­day.”

But op­po­site num­ber Peter Tay­lor was left ques­tion­ing the amount of time added on.

“The late­ness of the goal is dis­ap­point­ing,” said Tay­lor.“The goal came in the sev­enth minute of in­jury time, but the board went up for six min­utes.

“I don’t know where that amount of time came from, but there is noth­ing I can do about it.

“We came here with a game­plan as we have to do. Sh­effield United are one of the pro­mo­tion favourites and will al­ways cause prob­lems.

“I thought we de­fended well and worked very hard. I can’t fault the ef­fort of the lads. Even though they had more chances, I think we de­served to get some­thing out of the game.”

Ben Davies’ shot from a nar­row an­gle was beaten away by By­wa­ter in the fifth minute be­fore James Wal­lace thrashed a long-range ef­fort over on 20 minute.

Gavin Hoyte alertly cleared Davies’ goal­bound strike on 34 min­utes as the home side pressed. By­wa­ter showed good re­flexes to parry Marc McNulty’s header, be­fore Doyle’s follow up was scram­bled away in first-half in­jury-time.

Callum Davies su­perbly cleared McNulty’s ef­fort off the line be­fore both McNulty and Hig­don then cracked shots against the post.

And Gilling­ham’s de­fen­sive hero­ics were re­warded when Nor­ris slot­ted home with their first mean­ing­ful shot.

But the Blades lev­elled four min­utes later when Hig­don alertly turned home be­fore Murphy burst from mid­field to slot past By­wa­ter in the 97th minute.



ER Gillingh


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