Sheffield United: Clough in a Christmas fans wish

United boss Nigel Clough.
United boss Nigel Clough.

Blades manager Nigel Clough has pleaded with Sheffield United fans to show patience ahead of their home double-header with relegation rivals Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers.

United host 18th-placed Oldham this afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions. Clough’s charges then entertain Tranmere, who are one place and one point above the relegation zone, on Sunday before a trip to top-six hopefuls Walsall on New Year’s Day.

Clough, who plans on farming out “one or two” of his players on loan who are on the periphery of his first-team squad when the transfer window reopens in January, expects Oldham and Tranmere to make life tough for them over the festive period. He has asked the supporters to keep cheering the team as United aim to climb to safety.

“We are looking good on the road and hopefully we can build a similar sort of belief at Bramall Lane,” he said. “Sometimes it is more difficult to play at home with the expectations of the crowd.

“We just need everyone to be patient, stick with us and we will try and reward them with goals.”