Sheffield United: Clough salutes Blades teamwork

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, last night insisted every member of his squad deserves recognition for the club’s remarkable sequence of results.

The FA Cup semi-finalists enter Monday’s game at Preston North End hoping to record an 11th straight victory in all competitions following Wednesday’s League One triumph over Carlisle.

United, who face Hull City at Wembley next month in the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Charlton last weekend, have combined their march into the later stages of the tournament with a surge up the League One table which means they trail sixth-placed Peterborough by eight points.

Jose Baxter, John Brayford, Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn are among those to praised by pundits and supporters alike throughout United’s historic run.

Clough, however, is adamant that others also warrant a mention in dispatches.

“Everyone has contributed to what the lads have done,” he said. “Look at Shaun Miller, for example.

“Yes, he’s not played much football of late, but he was the one who popped up in the last minute during our (FA Cup) tie at Fulham to score the goal and set us off. .

“Then there are people like Matty Hill, who has come in and performed really well when called upon.”

United could be forced to reshuffle their starting 11 at Deepdale as Clough looks to prevent injury and fatigue from hijacking their season. Kieron Freeman, signed on loan from Derby County, could make his full debut.