Sheffield United Fan’s View: Clough, credit and pointless semi-finals

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Despite United repeating the faults of Walsall last Saturday in carelessly throwing away a lead, I like the way Nigel Clough is going about things, says Matthew Bell.

I like the way he praises individual players in the press (some managers don’t like to do that) and explains why they are in the team. He did it with Jose Baxter, Jamie Murphy and Conor Coady, telling us that they had been excellent in training and deserved their place in the side after missing out for a few games.

He has also publicly praised Terry Kennedy and Elliott Whitehouse and put them on the bench. This pair appeared on their way out of the club but such comments from the manager can only boost their confidence and reassure them that they haven’t been cast aside.

It was nice to see Sheffield United winning a married couple £4,500 on Monday night. It was on the BBC teatime quiz show ‘Pointless’, where to win the jackpot the final pair has to select a category and then find a correct answer that none of 100 members of the public surveyed for the programme could come up with in one minute.

The couple chose the category “FA Cup semi-finalists of the Nineties” and Sheffield United was the third of their three permitted answers. Amazingly, nobody out of the 100 people surveyed could name Sheffield United as an FA Cup semi-finalist from the Nineties, so the couple won the jackpot.

We got to the semis twice in the Nineties, for heaven’s sake! Typical of Sheffield United that they should win someone some money because they are unmemorable.