Sheffield United prepare for a step into the unknown against relegated Yeovil Town

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough

Manager Nigel Clough admits Sheffield United will be stepping into the unknown when they take on relegated Yeovil Town at Huish Park tonight.

Town’s drop into League Two was confirmed on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with Notts County, in former Sheffield Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock’s first game in charge. And Clough, whose side make the long journey to Somerset fifth in the League One table, admits that he is unsure what to expect.

“We have no idea what team Paul will play,” the United boss said.

“They drew at home on Saturday after leading for a long time, so he might keep a similar team but he also might want to look at people between now and the end of the season. It’ll be an interesting test for us.”

United boarded the train to Bristol yesterday with doubts over Jamie Murphy, Bob Harris (both groin) and Terry Kennedy (knee), while Jay McEveley may also miss out after dislocating his shoulder in his sleep on Friday evening - on the eve of Saturday’s battling 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic.

Matt Done and Steven Davies are also carrying knocks, but Harrison McGahey will be added to the squad while Craig Alcock acts as centre-half cover for Chris Basham and John Brayford.

“We’re looking to finish as high as we can,” Clough said, “but our priority is just to finish in those play-offs.”

n Tony Walmsley, a former coach at United’s Redtooth Academy, is set to be named as the next boss of Central Coast Mariners.