Sheffield United Audio: Clough discusses derbies

Nigel Clough prepares his team at the Redtooth Academy earlier this week � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Nigel Clough prepares his team at the Redtooth Academy earlier this week � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Graft and guile.

Two essentials qualities Nigel Clough has warned Sheffield United must possess in abundance if they are to beat Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium this afternoon.

“You need to have the right mentality and be of the right character,” Clough, asked to describe his tactical blueprint ahead of today’s League One derby against Paul Cook’s side, said. “Yes, you’ve got to fight and scrap but you’ve also got to get the ball down and play.

“In the past, look at the Merseyside derby. They were so intense, nobody strung two passes together all game.

“But I think that’s changing now because of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez. Local derbies aren’t always like that anymore.”

Clough, the United manager, represented the likes of Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City during a successful career which also saw him win 14 England caps.

“That’s what separates the really top players from the rest,” he added. “They can thrive on that atmosphere but, in a sense, separate themselves from it too.

“The lads here who have played in derbies before, in Scotland for example, will know what to expect.”

United, the pre-season favourites for promotion, climbed to seventh in the table when late goals from Michael Higdon and Jamie Murphy saw them beat Gillingham last weekend. Chesterfield are a point and a place behind Clough’s side after drawing with Notts County.

“Away from home is when your mentality really gets tested,” Clough said. “I hope we’ll thrive on that, the big games.

“We’ll have to get used to it because we seem to have had some big ones already but the intensity will grow as the season goes on.”

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