Sheffield United: Blades are ready for battle

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says his team never gives up
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says his team never gives up
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has warned Chesterfield his team will fight “to the death” during Saturday’s derby at Proact Stadium, writes James Shield.

Clough issued the pledge following their dramatic victory over Gillingham last weekend which saw United score twice during the closing nine minutes to climb above Paul Cook’s side in the League One table.

“We don’t give up,” Clough told The Star. “We keep going right until the death.

“We demand that as a staff and our fans demand it too. No matter what the situation is, whether you are winning or losing, you can never afford to ease-up.

“I think the number of late goals we’ve got recently is an indication, hopefully, of the character we’re getting into the squad. That’s the mentality we want.”

United overturned a two goal deficit to win 3-2 at Colchester a fortnight ago and Clough, who could enter the transfer market before the journey to north Derbyshire, added: “You’ve got to keep persevering because late goals are very, very important. You saw that with Rotherham (who were promoted) last season because they were a feature of what they did.

“We’ve kept persevering lately and that’s been good to see. But it must continue.

“We’d like to play with the same intensity in the first-half of games as we do the second. It feels like more than a win when you do it late but, ideally, it would be nice to have a little less drama at times.

“That’s what it’s all about; intent and intensity. Ability and mental strength.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1