Nigel Clough’s warning to Sheffield United’s play-off rivals Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has warned South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers that his side will not give up their play-off place without a fight.

Clough also wants his side to play with the same attacking freedom shown in the 4-0 win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday which sent them six points clear of seventh-placed Barnsley.

United complete a trio of home fixtures on Saturday when they entertain Crewe at Bramall Lane. They then face Barnsley at Oakwell on April 4, before taking on Rovers three days later at home.

Clough said: “We don’t want to give any encouragement to the sides below us in the table. In fact, we want to say to them that to catch us, they’re going to have to really earn it; maybe by winning every game between now and the end of the season.

“We have another really important game on Saturday against Crewe, and three points cements our position in the top six; which is where we want to be. It’s also nice to move past the 60-point mark - we spent too long in the fifties, going five games without a win and drawing too many times.”

“We seemed to be in the fifties for ages and so it’s nice to get over that little hurdle.”

United secured their biggest win of the season on Tuesday, after spending much of the contest on the front food.

“That was the best we’ve been for two or three months,” Clough added.

“We tell the players to get on the front foot, but it’s a bit difficult sometimes when everyone is a bit edgy. We’ve got to try and take the fear out of it, though - we want to play with confidence and really go at teams. That’s when I feel we’re at our best as a team, on the front foot and going forward.”