Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has described League One as “ridiculous” ahead of this weekend’s derby with Barnsley, writes James Shield.
Fifth-placed United would stretch their lead over Lee Johnson’s side to eight points with six games remaining if they win Saturday’s contest at Oakwell.
But, with only nine separating his team from Oldham Athletic in 13th, Clough admitted: “We have been looking at the table for quite a few weeks. (Assistant manager ) Gary Crosby called it right when he said, in all the leagues, this is the one with the smallest gap between the teams chasing the play-offs and those fighting relegation.
“Such a small gap is why teams can go from 19th to sixth or 13th to sixth in a short time. And back again.
“Look at Gillingham a few weeks ago. They were fancying their chances of getting in the play-offs. Now, they are in the bottom half. It is a ridiculous league.”
Clough added: I don’t have a points total. I don’t care if we get in on goal difference. Getting there is what matters, nothing else.”