Sheffield United: Clough names his unsung heroes

Chris Porter - Sheffield United  ''� copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Chris Porter - Sheffield United ''� copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Nigel Clough has applauded Sheffield United’s unsung heroes as his team attempts to turn-up the heat on the early pace-setters in League One, writes James Shield.

And, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s landmark fixture against Gillingham, which will commemorate the 125th anniversary of United’s first match at Bramall Lane, Clough insisted “every single player” has a crucial role to play if they are to reach the Championship next term.

The United manager, whose side reached the Capital One Cup fourth round after beating Leyton Orient in midweek, said: “People like Stephen McGinn, who hasn’t had much football lately, has been absolutely brilliant. An excellent professional all the way through.

“He’s never once complained about being left out. He’s just got on with his job and made sure he’s been ready when called upon.

“That’s exactly the type of attitude you’ve got to have if you want to achieve something and he deserves special mention for that.”

McGinn made only his second appearance of the campaign at the Matchroom Stadium in midweek and Clough added: “Chris Porter came on down there too and he falls into the same bracket.

“It was a real plus for us to get them out there because every single player has contribution to make. It’s not just about the individuals, it’s also about the group.”

United are preparing for the meeting with Gillingham three points behind second placed MK Dons having played a game less than Peterborough in third.

Clough said: “We want to get some momentum going and, as we’ve stated on numerous occasions, we know how important it is to win at home. The fans were superb down at Orient and, after repaying them for their commitment with a victory, we’d love to do it again.”

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