Nigel Clough has warned Sheffield United’s play-off rivals that his side are willing to win ugly if it means they reach the Championship next season.
Clough’s message came after Tuesday’s hard-fought 3-2 home win over Doncaster Rovers, as strikes from Matty Done, Steven Davies and Jose Baxter (pen) ensured Kyle Bennett’s brace of wonder goals counted for nothing.
Crucially, the three points further strengthened United’s place in the top six ahead of Saturday’s trip to Oldham but Clough insisted: “There are five games to go and until we’re 15 points clear of seventh - which is what five games can be, 15 points - then we aren’t in the play-offs for sure.
“If we slip with our form and start getting draws instead of wins or suffering the odd defeat, then Rochdale or someone will catch us.
“We were perhaps a shade fortunate to get the three points against Doncaster, off the back of an excellent win at Barnsley on Saturday.
“Tuesday was in stark contrast to the weekend, where we played really well.
“Against Doncaster it was all about guts and determination.
“Sometimes, that’s the way it’s got to be and we aren’t afraid to do that.”
United travel to Oldham fifth in the League One standings, four points and a place ahead of Chesterfield, who they face on the final day of the season.