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Derby boss Nigel Clough admitted his side's 1-0 win over Sheffield United was a much-needed one.

The Rams ended a run of nine league games without a victory thanks to Theo Robinson's goal, much to the relief of under-fire Clough.

Clough said: "We don't know how important that result will be. We'll know in the coming weeks how important it is but it certainly feels important."

He added: "That result has been coming, though. It's been coming because of the effort the lads have been putting in. I thought our two centre-halves were superb.

"Shaun Barker has been immense. Daniel Ayala told me in the dressing room that he's faced more aerial balls in one match than he would in an entire season in Spain. But they dealt with them.

"To be fair, United gave everything. Do I feel sorry for Micky (Adams)? Of course I do. We're all in it as managers. We've all been on these type of runs. I don't think his players could have given any more than they did out there. What they've got to do is stick together.

Sheffield United boss Adams insists his side will continue fighting after the defeat left the Blades six points from safety.

Relegation to League One now looks a real possibility for United, especially after 12 games without a win, but Adams believes his side should not be written off just yet.

He said: "Certainly for the last 15 minutes that wasn't a game that we should have lost. But how many times have we said that since I've been here? I'm absolutely gutted, don't get me wrong.

"Obviously morale is going to be affected. But morale can change very quickly. Everyone will be writing us off and I can understand that. But we're not dead and buried yet. Not by a long chalk."

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Sunderland
Shaun Barker
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