Sheffield United: Joy of Six for Blades as Clough hails ‘self-belief’

Chris Porter strikes late on to give Sheffield United all three points against Colchester
Chris Porter strikes late on to give Sheffield United all three points against Colchester

Nigel Clough insisted Sheffield United have regained their self-belief after last night’s victory over Colchester.

Chris Porter’s late penalty propelled the visitors to a sixth straight win and lifted them to 12th in League One ahead of Saturday’s meeting with MK Dons.

Clough, who claimed it would have been a “travesty” if United had not claimed maximum points at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, said: “You can tell that the lads think they are going to win now and that’s a great feeling to have. Their confidence and self belief is back now which shows in the way they’re approaching games.

“There’s no sitting back to hold on for a draw. They’re pushing for the victory.”

Porter, a second-half substitute, scored his eighth of the season when Freddie Sears tripped Ben Davies inside the box.

Clough, whose team head to stadium:mk searching for their fourth consecutive league win, described United’s position in the table as “psycholigically important,” but warned: “A week ago we were in the bottom four. That just shows how tight things are and that we can’t switch off for a moment. We’ve got to keep pressing ahead.

“But I thought we deserved that out there. We controlled it for long periods and I don’t remember (goalkeeper) Mark (Howard) having an awful lot to do.”

Meanwhile, Conor Coady’s loan from Liverpool has been extended until the end of the season.

Clough revealed earlier this month that the midfielder, who has made 33 appearances since arriving from Liverpool, was in talks about renewing his agreement.

Coady, who turned 21 yesterday, captained England at last summer’s FIFA under-20World C up, had previously been the subject of a youth agreement which meant he did not count towards the quota of temporary transfers permitted within a matchday squad.

Clough, who described himself as “more than pleased with Conor’s progress,” said: “Keeping Conor doesn’t stop us from bringing more (loans) in though. That’s still something we can do and are looking at.”

- It has been confirmed that United’s FA Cup quarter final tie with Charlton Athletic will take place on Sunday, March 9 at Bramall Lane with a 12 noon kick off.

The match will be televised live on BT Sport.