Clough vows to stand by under-fire ‘keeper Iain

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has vowed to stand by goalkeeper Iain Turner, after his below-par display in the 2-1 defeat to Fleetwood on Saturday.

Turner was singled out for blame as strikes from Josh Morris and Nick Haughton condemned United to defeat, despite Matt Done reducing the defecit.

After Morris had put Town ahead, Turner allowed Haughton’s near-post cross to beat him and Clough said: “It’s very difficult to give teams a two-goal start and then go on to win the game.

“We got in and around the 18 yard box enough but poor decision making cost us. It’s difficult to affect that from the touchline; we put the players out there, tell them where to put the ball and then it’s on them.

“The goals seem to have taken Iain by surprise but he shouldn’t be beaten like that.

“The first one was a great strike but we’re disappointed he didn’t get a hand on it. They were both preventable.

“But we’ll stick with him and build him up again, there’s no doubt about that.

“That’s the way it is with goalkeepers I’m afraid. He’s been outstanding since coming in.”

Clough, who watched United’s U21s slip to a 2-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest yesterday afternoon, has a fixture-free midweek to work with his squad, for the first time in almost two months.

“I’m delighted that we don’t have a game (in midweek),” the Blades boss said.