Maguire praises Long and Hill

Harry Maguire has lauded the displays of Matt Hill and George Long in Sheffield United's win over Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Last Updated: 10/10/12 at 18:14

Maguire: Delighted with duo

Maguire: Delighted with duo

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Defender Hill replaced the injured Neill Collins and helped the Blades keep a clean sheet.

Maguire told the club's official website: "With Collo forced to miss the game, me and Matt teamed up at the heart of the defence, we have played together before and I thought our partnership worked well.

"Matt plays a lot differently to Neill but they are both experienced professionals who have played at a higher level. Hilly always looks comfortable and he has excellent positional sense."

Manager Danny Wilson was forced into making a change just 11 minutes into the game, with goalkeeper Mark Howard succumbing to a thigh injury and having to be replaced by Long.

"George was fantastic and he has a bright future ahead of him," Maguire added. "He fitted straight into the game after Mark was taken off and made a great save from Kevin Lisbie. I played with George for a long time through the academy and if he retains his place I am sure he will perform admirably."

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