Sheffield United: No points for style, Blades are warned

Nigel Clough and his coaching staff � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Nigel Clough and his coaching staff � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Nigel Clough is prepared to sacrifice style for survival despite insisting his Sheffield United squad boasts enough talent to trouble most teams in League One, writes James Shield.

Clough made the admission after watching last weekend’s “thoroughly professional performance” against Shrewsbury Town ease their relegation woes ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with leaders Brentford.

But, despite describing United’s triumph over the visitors from Greenhous Meadow as “a statement,” he warned: “We’ve got to keep it going now. We’ve got 18 games to go and we’ve got to target a certain amount of wins to make ourselves safe.”

“We’ve got to utilise our ability,” the United manager added. “We’ve got more than some in this division but the only way we will make that count is with character.

“In normal circumstances, we don’t necessarily like conceding possession and making sure were are difficult to play against. That we don’t give anything away.

“But sometimes, circumstances dictate and having gone two goals up during that (Shrewsbury) match, we weren’t going to throw that lead away like we have done in the past by going out there and really chasing a third.

“If the opportunity presents itself then fine. But the most important thing in our position is points.”

United climbed to 21st, leapfrogging Michael Jackson’s side in the process, when first-half goals from Ryan Flynn and Stefan Scougall saw them seize control of Saturday’s contest at Bramall Lane.