Sheffield United: Boss urges Blades to keep their cool

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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has ordered his players to keep their discipline when the club returns to League One action against Rochdale this weekend, writes James Shield.

Saturday’s visit of Keith Hill’s side marks the start of a crucial period of fixtures which sees United visit Colchester, Swindon Town and Leyton Orient before hosting at Bramall Lane on September 27.

Clough told The Star: “We don’t want to be picking-up any stupid bookings or suspensions. We want everyone available to be available because that’s going to be vitally important.

“Yes, we appreciate people are always going to get booked, especially in some positions, because the way the game is these days it’s almost impossible not to.

“But there’s a difference between that and getting avoidable cards. You can have a competitive edge and also stay focused. In fact, they go together.”

United, unbeaten in four outings, will enter the meeting with Rochdale 16th in the table after their match against MK Dons was postponed.

“There’s nothing more frustrating or potentially costly than an unnecessary booking or sending-off,” Clough said. “Especially when they start to tot-up as the season goes on.”

United’s game at Bradford City on October 18 will now kick-off at 5.15pm rather than 3pm as previously advertised after being selected for live television broadcast.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1