Blades boss urges Sheffield United to go for the jugular in cup clash against Plymouth Argyle

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough

Manager Nigel Clough will urge his Sheffield United side to go for the jugular when they step out against Plymouth Argyle this weekend, with a place in the third round of the FA Cup at stake.

Clough, speaking after Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at home to MK Dons, admitted he was disappointed with the amount of crosses his side put into the box - and wants the likes of Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jamie Murphy to be more direct against the League Two promotion hopefuls.

“We missed a little bit of quality in and around their penalty area, getting shots off and so on,” Clough said.

“I didn’t think we put the ball in the box enough, we had a couple of free-kicks which we should have put in but we didn’t.

“Why we’re messing around and playing it short instead, I don’t know. We’ve told them to get the ball in the box for our strikers, and others like Paddy McCarthy and Chris Basham.

“We have good height in there, so let’s cause our opponents a problem.”

Tuesday’s defeat means United go into their cup clash with just two wins in eight games.

But Clough remains upbeat, insisting: “If we’re playing badly, we’ll hold our hands up. But we’re not.”