Sheffield United: Blades are tough with Clough

Chris Porter and Conor Coady celebrate the United goal. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
Chris Porter and Conor Coady celebrate the United goal. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
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Matt Hill is confident Sheffield United possess the strength of character required to drag themselves out of trouble.

The centre-half delivered his verdict after last night’s draw with Walsall left Nigel Clough’s side 21st in the League One table ahead of Saturday’s visit to second-placed Leyton Orient.

Clough, who was appointed as David Weir’s permanent successor just over a month ago, revealed he could bolster the options at his disposal ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for emergency loan signings.

But, whatever happens in the transfer market, Hill said: “No disrespect to the previous manager but I think we’re much tougher to beat now.

“I don’t think we’re as vulnerable as we were.

“The gaffer is very big on discipline and the way he sets you up during the week means you’ve got to be on it all the time.

“We’re fighting, scrapping and we’re more resolute. We know there are areas where we can improve but I think that bodes well for the future.”

Clough, who saw Chris Porter’s first-half injury time penalty edge United in front before Craig Westcarr equalised moments after the break, confirmed defenders Darryl Westlake and Marcus Williams are both poised to leave Bramall Lane on a temporary basis but said: “We’ve made on or two enquiries and we’ve had one or two enquiries.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.

“We’re okay for numbers but we could perhaps do with a little bit more quality in certain areas.

“Bringing someone in, though, doesn’t seem to be dependent upon letting anyone go.”