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Macca Pleased With Second Half Show


09:07 30th September 2013

Midfielder reflects on win over old boys

Kevin McDonald may have been delighted to have finished on the winning side against former club Sheffield United – but he told his former Blades team-mates he doesn’t expect them to be in the Sky Bet League One relegation zone for long.


McDonald produced an impressive display against his former club, notably as part of an overall Wolves improvement in the second half after the Blades had dominated the chance count in the opening period.


Denied what would have been a particularly sweet goal by a late George Long save, the Wolves midfielder was not in the mood to rub it in and made sure he chatted with all his former colleagues after the game.


“Sheffield United came here and played well in the first half - they pretty much played us off the pitch, we couldn't get close,” says McDonald.


“That's the way their manager wants them to go about their business.


“Results-wise, it's not quite working for them at the moment, but they're a good team and are good enough to climb out of trouble.


“It's been a tough time for them, I've been speaking to the players and they know themselves that it's just a matter of time for them, they just need a little bit of luck on their side and right now they're not getting that.


“There will be times throughout the season when it's like that for us as well, but you've just got to stick together.

"It was strange, because I know the Sheffield Uninted boys so well, but that's football - you're going to play against old team-mates and that's what happened today.


“They're a good team, they're just not getting the luck at the moment - they won't be down there at the end of the season though, no chance.


“The manager has got them playing some really good football, which they produced in the first half against us, but they've just not scored.


“Fortunately for us, we've ended up holding out in the first half and playing well the second half.


“Our gaffer was on to us at half-time, and in the second half we came out and we did well.


“We saw a lot of the ball and were able to create some chances, and luckily enough we have strikers and players good enough to finish those chances.


“We could have probably scored a couple more goals, but that's football - we'll take the win."


McDonald was also one of those privileged to have witnessed at close quarters the blistering late strike from Bakary Sako which sealed the 2-0 victory.


Sako had already provided the assist for Leigh Griffiths’ crucial opener, and it was McDonald with a clever lay off which paved the way for the winger to let fly with an early Goal of the Season frontrunner.


“It's a powerful shot isn't it?” said McDonald with a laugh.


“I know I couldn't hit it that hard - probably with both my legs combined!


“It's unbelievable how hard he hits the ball, and technically he's probably one of the best I've seen.


“I played it to him, but I never thought he was going to hit it first time.

"He's hammered it though - the keeper had no chance and I think he was maybe a surprise that Bakary hit it that hard!"


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