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Progress - on two fronts

Posted on: Wed 14 Jan 2009

Kevin Blackwell's selection experiment left him with 'food for thought' as the Blades comfortably secured their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, despite a first-half scare at Brisbane Road.

Blackwell, who handed a debut to Kyle Walker and moved Kyle Naughton into a central midfield berth, believes their performances show exactly how good the Academy graduates are destined to be:

"Kyle Walker made an encouraging debut and put in a terrific ball for the fourth goal. He is learning the game but I won't rush him so we'll see.

"Kyle Naughton was excellent in midfield, the kid can play and some of his passing demonstrated that. He is going to have a massive future wherever he plays.

"He has such an engine on him, I have always wanted to see him in the final third and he was there to finish after a good counter attack."

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With the transfer window coming to an end shortly, the Gaffer is keen to maximise the flexibility within his squad and believes plenty has been established following the 4-1 success:

"Depending on what happens in the window I will have to look at our options. We have 19 games to go and are fourth in the table so it could mean square pegs in round holes. The lads have proved that they can do it.

"They have to want to get in the team and I want that ambition from everybody. The games are there to be won and I demand the same from the players regardless of opposition so after finding plenty out I am pleased."




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