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Blackwell hails Hungary test a success

Manager Kevin Blackwell has hailed Sheffield United’s trip to Hungary as a success after watching his team overcome Ferencvaros in the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Tuesday night.

The midweek jaunt, scheduled because of a break in Championship fixtures due to the international mid-week games, had been dismissed as purely a PR stunt designed to improve United’s image after signing an agreement with The Green Eagles earlier this year. But, after watching a header from young striker Abdi secure a 1-0 win in Florian Albert Stadium, Blackwell insisted that the game was equally as beneficial for his men on the pitch as it was for the suits in the Bramall Lane boardroom.

“It was always the plan for the Hungary trip to get some match-fitness for the lads,” he said. “Benno (Ian Bennett), Steady (Jon Stead), Hallsy (John Halls) and Ugo (Ehiogu) all got 90 minutes, which was good for them.

“It was also a measure of how far United have come – that we can go over there with a side of youngsters, apart from those 4, and beat them on their own patch. When I was last here we couldn’t have done that. The strength in depth we have now is amazing – they’re 2nd in their league, in front of 7,000 and we didn’t look out of our depth, and some of my strongest units weren’t even playing”.

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