Hard work starts now for United, says boss Clough

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Manager Nigel Clough has warned his Sheffield United side that they still have plenty of work to do if they are to earn promotion to the Championship this season.

Clough’s side strengthened their position in the League One play-off places with a 2-1 victory at Notts County on Tuesday night, which put them five points clear of seventh-placed Oldham.

Matt Done celebrates his winner at Notts County

Matt Done celebrates his winner at Notts County

The Bramall Lane side now trail second-placed MK Dons by 11 points but do have two games in hand on Karl Robinson’s promotion favourites, and Clough said: “There’s nearly a third of the season still to go and we’re capable of going on a run, as everyone has seen.

“But we can’t take it for granted.

“We have got to keep working hard because everything is going to be a test now, from now until the end of the season.

“Coventry will be a big game for us at our place this weekend, and we have got to work for everything we get.

“There’s a long way to go yet, and a lot of football still to be played.”

The victory at Meadow Lane - sealed by Matt Done’s fourth goal in three games, after Liam Noble had cancelled out Jamie Murphy’s stunning opener - was United’s third in a week, after a weekend win at leaders Bristol City.

“It will be nice to be back at our place at the weekend,” Clough added.

“But we’ve got to try and do the same thing all over again, because then we’re on the road again at Rochdale and Crawley.

“It’s demanding, of course it is. But to get promotion, that is what you have got to do.”

Clough has, meanwhile, rubbished reports linking him with a move for John Marquis, the Millwall striker currently on loan at Gillingham.