Sheffield United: Clough is keen for Blades to enjoy some home comforts

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough can’t wait for a return to familiar territory this weekend, when his side host Gillingham at Bramall Lane.

United, who progressed to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening with a 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient, have played seven of their last nine fixtures away from home - a run which has yielded a relatively-impressive six victories, including the penalty shoot-out win at West Ham.

Clough, who praised his side’s character at the Matchroom Stadium after they bounced back from their 5-2 weekend defeat at Swindon, could see his side jump as high as fourth in the League One table, if they beat Gillingham and other results go their way.

And the United manager said: “We want to win every game that we play. It will be nice to be at home again because it feels like we’ve been on the road, on a coach, for an age! But we want another win against Gillingham, to try and keep the momentum going. It’s nice to be in the next round of the cup, and we want to go as far as we can - in every competition we enter.”

Chris Basham, who missed the trip to Leyton Orient after his partner gave birth to a baby boy, will be available for selection against Peter Taylor’s Gills, but Jose Baxter and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are expected to miss out again due to injury.

James Wallace was also singled out for praise at the Matchroom Stadium, after a typically industrious performance.

“James got us going,” Clough added. “He gave us a bit of aggression in midfield, too, which we’ve been missing recently.”