Manager Nigel Clough has predicted that there is more to come from Jamal Campbell-Ryce, after the winger notched his third goal in two games in Sheffield United’s vital victory over Preston North End last weekend.
The diminutive wideman, who revealed last week in these pages that he had set a target of double figures for the season, netted his seventh in United colours as Clough’s side returned to winning ways at Bramall Lane with a 2-1 success over fellow promotion hopefuls North End.
And speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to third-placed MK Dons, United boss Clough said: “I think the players realised how important Jamal’s second goal was, especially because we haven’t won at home for so long in the league.
“And it was lovely for Jam. That’s three in two games for him now [after his double against QPR in the FA Cup] and he’s not exactly been noted for scoring goals throughout his career, wherever he’s been.
“But he’s getting a few now, as he should because we encourage him to get forward and take up positions where he can be a real threat.
“He’s one of a number of players we have here who can make the difference in a game, so we want him at the right end of the pitch as often as he can.
“Obviously, he has to do his defensive work. But we have him and Murph [Jamie Murphy] on the wings, it’s like a three up top formation because we want them to get forward as often as they can.”
Marc McNulty’s tenth goal of the season set United on the way to victory against Preston, following on from his strike at QPR, and Clough was also full of praise for the young Scottish striker.
“It was a good, all-round display from Marc,” Clough said, “and to get to ten goals is brilliant for him. You can see the improvement in him, from when he first came to the club.
“The challenge for us now is still to catch the top two. We’re 12 points behind with a game in hand but we made up so many points last season from second bottom, so why can’t we go and do it again?”