Sheffield United: Lane chief happy over away gains

United boss Nigel Clough.
United boss Nigel Clough.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed the secret behind their improved results away from Bramall Lane.

The Blades triumphed just once on the road in League One during the first half of the 2013/14 campaign.

But, in recent weeks, Clough’s troops have rectified their lousy away record, claiming 1-0 victories at Gillingham and Colchester United.

He told The Star: “We are getting better away from home. We could have got even more points as I don’t think we deserved to lose at Walsall or Notts County. We did at Crewe but those two we didn’t.

“We’ve turned it (away form) around. We are probably setting up to be a bit more solid. We are still trying to be positive but, first and foremost, we have got to not concede.”

United head to MK Dons on Saturday aiming to put more distance between themselves and the relegation places.

Clough, who took winger Jamie Murphy off in the closing stages of their fine midweek win at Colchester due to cramp, said: “It is lovely to see everyone playing with confidence and freedom. The only way to get that confidence is to not lose matches.

“We have done well on the road in the last few games and we’ve got to repeat that.

“We’ve got another difficult game coming up away from home and then Peterborough. We’ve got five out of the top six to come at Bramall Lane. They are going to be tough games, as they all are.

“Every match is important in our situation.”

The United boss is still scouring the loan market for reinforcements but insists he is in no rush to add to his squad.

“We don’t want to fill a fifth loan up for the sake of it,” he said. “If there is a good one that comes along, we will take him. If not, we will hang fire and see if the right one comes available.”