Sheffield United: Blades told to show opponents no mercy

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has urged his team to go for the jugular against Leyton Orient, writes James Shield.

United, who visit the Matchroom Stadium for their penultimate game of the League One season this weekend, drew 1-1 with Bradford City on Saturday after conceding an 83rd minute goal and the 49-year-old, assessing his team’s performance during that fixture, said: “We have to do more to get a second goal. For ten to 15 minutes after we scored, we stepped off the pace.”

Ryan Flynn and Terry Kennedy are set to miss the trip to the capital through injury while Matt Done is being nursed through the remainder of the campaign in order to avoid aggravating a slight ankle complaint. Jamie Murphy has also been receiving treatment for back and groin issues while Steve Davies faced City despite a sore foot. Jay McEveley is recuperating following a dislocated shoulder but could face Orient should Clough decide to deploy Chris Basham in midfield.

“Chris has done exceptionally well for us,” he said. “Both in midfield and at the back which shows what a good, versatile player he is.

“It’s always good to have that type of flexibility at your disposal,”