Sheffield United: Clough calls on Blades to dig in

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough.

Nigel Clough has ordered his Blades players to fight their way out of trouble.

Saturday’s defeat to Gillingham was United’s third loss of the campaign at Bramall Lane in League One. The result means the South Yorkshire club sit second-from-bottom ahead of this weekend’s clash at 19th-placed Bristol City.

United have failed to record back-to-back victories during the 2013/14 season and kept only one shut-out in the league.

Although Blades boss Clough would like the team to play more attractive, eye-caching stuff, he appreciates they have to earn the right to play in the third-tier of English football.

“We have to graft out a few wins,” he admitted. “We would love to play pretty football but we are in the bottom four of the league. It is about whatever we have to do to get those results. That’s why we don’t want any mistakes. It is no risk football for a while. Let’s get half way up that league.”

Neill Collins picked up a minor calf injury against the Gills but is expected to be passed fit to play.