Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough insists he is not concerned by his side’s falterning form in the League One promotion race - pointing out instead that his side, just over a year ago, were still geniune relegation candidates.
Clough, who rescued United from the League One drop zone last season, eventually led them to a seventh-placed finish and has guided them to two major cup semi-finals since, made the admission after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Fleetwood, which saw their faint automatic promotion hopes falter even further.
Instead, United travel to Scunthorpe this weekend with just a three-point lead over their neighbours Doncaster Rovers, who are in sixth, but Clough said: “There’s no worry from us. Far from it; we were more worried on February 1 last year when we were second from bottom!We’ve had a reasonably good run since and we’re fifth with a game in hand and three points on sixth place. At the start of the season, we might have taken that.
“Hopefully we’ve had our little wobble now and, over the next 12 games, we can see it through and seal our play-off place.”
United will travel to Glanford Park without Chris Basham, who is banned for two games after picking up ten yellow cards.