Sheffield United: ‘We won’t be taking it easy against Chesterfield’

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Sheffield United will enter Sunday’s final match of the League One season with the same professionalism as if play-off qualification remained at stake, manager Nigel Clough has vowed.

United and visitors Chesterfield are both assured of a top six finish after seventh placed Rochdale failed to beat MK Dons last weekend.

Despite reserving the right to make changes to his starting eleven ahead of next month’s semi-finals, Clough said: “We will be putting out a team we feel is capable of getting the win. No matter what the circumstances, that will never change.”

United, in fifth, will face Swindon Town for the right to contest the League One showpiece on May 24 if they avoid defeat against Paul Cook’s side.

“The one thing we certainly won’t be doing, though, is taking any risks with players who are carrying knocks,” Clough added. “Not if there is a chance of making them worse and I think everyone will understand that.

“But don’t confuse that with the idea we’re not bothered about the result here. Because we certainly are and I’d imagine they (Chesterfield) are going to be exactly the same.”

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