Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough warns his side to improve their game management

Nigel Clough
Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has warned his side to improve their game management if they are to achieve promotion from League One this season.

Clough made the statement after watching his side surrender a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at home to Peterborough on Tuesday night, with Posh scoring two goals in as many minutes to return south with all three points.

Immediately afterwards, Clough described the defeat as “an opportunity missed” to make up ground on the automatic promotion places and, ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Fleetwood, the United boss said: “We wanted to keep the unbeaten run going, at the very least.

“And we’d have been very disappointed with a 1-1 draw but we’re even more disappointed to lose it.

“We’ve got to learn to see out games better than that, especially when we’re ahead at home.

“But we start again this weekend; we have 13 games to go, and we’re still trying to put pressure on that top two.”

Clough and Jamie Murphy, meanwhile, have been nominated for the Sky Bet League One manager and player of the month awards for February.

United collected 14 points from seven games during a hectic month, with winger Murphy in particularly fine form.

Clough is up against Steve Cotterill (Bristol City), Simon Grayson (Preston North End) and Robert Page (Port Vale) for the manager award, while Murphy faces competition for the player honour from Bradley Dack (Gillingham), Aden Flint (Bristol City) and former Blade Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).