Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has ordered his players to keep their discipline or risk damaging the club’s efforts to haul itself up the League One table, writes James Shield.
Clough, who took charge at Bramall Lane last month, issued the warning after Febian Brandy was sent-off during last weekend’s defeat by Shrewsbury Town.
The former Walsall winger will begin a four match suspension when United visit Colchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday after being dismissed for the second time this term.
Acknowledging Brandy had left referee Stuart Attwell with “no option” but to produce a red card after raising his hands to an opponent, Clough told The Star: “It doesn’t matter if you are being kicked all over the place out there, you keep your temper regardless.
“It can be a challenge at times but that’s what, as a footballer, you have to learn to do. Remain disciplined at all times.”
Clough, who yesterday watched goals from Harry Bunn (2) and trialist Keith Fahey propel United to a 3-1 Professional Development League victory over Barnsley, added: “If you react to something, then unfortunately you know what is going to happen.”