Sheffield United: Clough’s Blades warning

Sheffield United's Manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United's Manager Nigel Clough
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has stressed the importance of tempering expectations at Bramall Lane this season - whether his Blades side win or lose.

The United boss, speaking after his side booked their place in the regional quarter-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 2-1 win at Hartlepool, is looking forward to a rare home fixture on Saturday as United host Leyton Orient at Bramall Lane after nine away games in their last 12.

Their 3-2 reverse at Chesterfield on Saturday was only their second defeat in 11 matches, and Clough said: “We’ve had a good run, generally - but because it was a local derby, everyone was suddenly doom and gloom because we lost. If we’d have gained a point, everyone would have been delighted so, really, we’re only a point adrift of where we wanted to be.

“Hopefully we can make that up this weekend. The expectation is magnified from the outside, rather than the inside - we don’t get carried away when we win a few games and, consequently, we don’t when we lose a few, either.”

Jose Baxter and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who made goalscoring returns to the United side at Hartlepool, are expected to be in the squad to face Orient.