Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has warned his players must be “relentless” after labelling this season’s battle for the Championship as the toughest in years, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough says League One is harder this year � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Nigel Clough says League One is harder this year � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has warned his players must be “relentless” after labelling this season’s battle for the Championship as the toughest in years.

But the former England international, speaking ahead of this evening’s game against Yeovil Town, insisted they possess the qualities required to win promotion from League One.

United enter their meeting with Gary Johnson’s side seventh in the table - six points behind second-placed Peterborough - after beating Bradford City last weekend and Clough told The Star: “We’ve got to be relentless. When we’ve got teams on the rack make sure we kill them off and put the match to bed.

“Having that mindset is going to be crucial. I was speaking with (City manager) Phil Parkinson following Saturday’s game and we both agreed that standards in this division have really gone up.

“In the Championship, being honest, I actually think they might have slipped in terms of the overall depth. But, in League One, they’ve improved.

“I actually think, even though Wolves are no longer here, it’s going to be even tougher this time around. Simply because of the sheer number of teams who have either improved from last season or because of the capabilities of those that came down.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1