Sheffield United: Blades chief is backing his team’s creative streak to shine

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during Saturday's match at Leyton Orient � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during Saturday's match at Leyton Orient � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Nigel Clough has predicted that qualifying for the play-offs will help Sheffield United rediscover their ruthless streak, writes James Shield.

The former England international made the admission after insisting his team “should have taken more” from last weekend’s game at Leyton Orient despite securing the point required to secure a top six place with one match remaining.

United, who face Chesterfield this weekend, would have been guaranteed participation in the end of season knockouts regardless of the outcome in London after Rochdale failed to beat MK Dons.

But Clough said: “We’ve got to improve our finishing. People might say that, at Orient, the instructions were to go out there and get a point.

But the instructions were to go out there and get a win. They weren’t aware of the score at Rochdale and they were conscious we only needed a point to make sure.

Perhaps now we’re over that line, that’s going to help because we know we are there.”

Clough added: “We should have got more at Orient. The chances we created were from good moves and good football.

“We weren’t away from home looking for scraps, we were playing well with Jose Baxter and Couttsy (Paul Coutts) making some good runs from midfield.”

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