Sheffield United: Blades ready for Orient clash

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough with coach Chris Morgan � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough with coach Chris Morgan � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, expects to gave a near full strength squad at his disposal for tomorrow’s League One encounter against Leyton Orient, writes James Shield.

United, who beat the visitors in the Capital One Cup last month, could hand starts to Jose Baxter and Jamal Campbell-Ryce after both were on target during Tuesday evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success at Hartlepool.

With only Michael Higdon (suspension) and Florent Cuvelier (knee) unavailable, Clough said: “We want to build on that win and build some momentum up. That’s especially important at home.

“We’ve got the usual niggles associated with any team during a season but there shouldn’t be anything serious enough to keep anyone out.”

Higdon scored the only goal of the game when United travelled to the Matchroom Stadium 17 days ago. Russell Slade resigned as Orient manager 24 hours after that defeat with his assistant Kevin Nugent last night invited to succeed the new Cardiff City chief on a permanent basis.

“There have been a few bridges burnt all around the place and we need to rebuild them again, with supporters and owners and whatever it is,” Nugent, who has been in caretaker charge since Slade’s departure, said. “I haven’t done too much because I don’t think it needed it.

“When there was no real certainty in my own position, it was not easy. Now we’ve a bit more clarity, I can start doing what I think will improve things and be better for the club.”

“Every manager has a different way,” Nugent added. “There is no prototype to doing it, there’s just your own way.

“There is an added hint of pressure but I will enjoy that.”

Meanwhile, United legend Keith Edwards will be signing copies of his new book, priced 16.99, tomorrow.

The former striker and Golden Boot winner is scheduled to attend Waterstones, Orchard Square, from 10.30am before arriving at Bramall Lane’s superstore at 12.30pm.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1