Nigel Clough has warned his players that Paul Sturrock, the former Sheffield Wednesday manager, will be intent on damaging their hopes of reaching the League One play-offs at Yeovil Town on Tuesday.
Sheffield United visit Huish Park, where Sturrock took charge last week, ranked fifth in the table and still eight points ahead of seventh place following Saturday’s draw at Oldham.
It’s positive that we came back from two down but we shouldn’t have been in that positionNigel Clough
While United are battling for a return to the Championship, Yeovil are destined for their second relegation in as many seasons following a disastrous campaign in the south-west but Clough told The Star: “Paul will have them bang at it. Now, with him coming in, it becomes a whole different ball game.
“There are going to be big decisions taken there by Paul. People in his squad know that, if they want to stay, there are going to have to impress him and what better way of doing that than getting one over on us?”
Sturrock spent 25 months at Hillsborough before parting company with United’s arch-rivals in October 2006 and was appointed as Gary Johnson’s permanent successor following a brief spell as a footballing consultant for Torquay. Clough added: “He’s started now for next season. Everything they are going to be doing is geared towards that. And to have a good game against us, or beat us, will be a big step in the right direction for them.”
United found themselves two goals behind at Sportsdirect.com Park after Dominic Poleon scored twice for the hosts before the interval. However, they secured a share of the spoils when Jason Holt and Jamie Murphy pounced after the restart before captain Michael Doyle struck a post.
Clough, who made five changes to his starting eleven, confirmed he is likely to reshuffle the starting eleven again for the trip to Somerset due to a combination of injury and fatigue.
“It’s positive that we came back from two down but we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place because they were both down to mistakes. I’d hazard a guess that the top two, Bristol City and Preston North End, have made the fewest all season and that’s why they are going to get promoted.”