Sheffield United: Clough refuses to panic over firepower

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Nigel Clough has sought to allay fears his team lack the firepower required to clinch automatic promotion, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United manager, whose side host Notts County in a potentially pivotal League One encounter on Friday, has endured a frustrating week in the emergency loan market with proposed deals for both Brighton’s Chris O’Grady and Dexter Blackstock of Nottingham Forest hitting stumbling blocks.

But with United positioned fifth in the table - six points behind leaders Bristol City having played a match less - Clough said: “We’ve won games and, to do that, you’ve got to be able to score. That is absolutely obvious.

“Yes, we’d like to score more. But, whatever happens, there is going to be no panic from us.”

Clough, who could welcome back strikers Marc McNulty and Michael Higdon for the visit of sixth placed County, steered United into the FA Cup semi-finals last term.

“People levelled the same thing at us back then as well,” he added. “But, once again, we showed were were capable of getting results.

“There are quality players going forward here. Players who have shown they can hit the back of the net.”

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