Sheffield United: Clough sounds promotion warning

Coach Andy Garner (left) and manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Coach Andy Garner (left) and manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough has warned it would be a grave mistake to rule Sheffield United out of the battle for a play-off place, writes James Shield.

Clough, the United manager, delivered his verdict ahead of Saturday’s League One fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers which marks the start of the FA Cup semi-finalists 125th anniversary celebrations.

United, who have won 10 of their last 11 outings, trail sixth placed Peterborough by 10 points following Monday’s stalemate at Preston North End.

Clough, whose team have played a game less than Darren Ferguson’s side, said: “We are not going to dismiss it yet. We’re still trying to win matches and it would be lovely to think we can challenge in terms of sixth.

“Admittedly, it’s a long shot and we’d love to have half a dozen more (games) to go. Then, I think people might really fancy us.”

“But while there’s a chance, we have to go for it. You can’t just give up on that.

“And the next few weeks could tell you a lot because we’ve got a lot of those around us in the table to play and those above us have also got some tough games coming up too.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1