Sheffield United: Conor pays tribute to Clough

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Conor Coady has paid tribute to manager Nigel Clough following Sheffield United’s march into next month’s FA Cup semi-finals, writes James Shield.

And the midfielder, on loan from Liverpool, revealed how an improved sense of camaraderie behind the scenes has helped rescue a season which, only five weeks ago, was teetering on the brink of despair.

Coady said: “The solidarity and team spirit has been key. The players are all very close.

“We want to work for each other and the gaffer has installed that into us. He’s been fantastic in it all, telling us how to play and we’ve responded quite well.”

United, who appointed Clough in October, enter tomorrow’s League One fixture against Carlisle hoping to record their 10th straight win in all competitions following Sunday’s quarter-final victory over Charlton Athletic.

Now eleventh in the table, they have climbed 12 places since losing 3-0 at relegation threatened Crewe Alexandra last month.

“There are players in this team that have been there and done it and when they line-up alongside you it is brilliant,” Coady, aged 21, said. “Everyone knows Sheffield United is a massive club and getting to Wembley is where this club should be.

“It was a great performance by lads (against Charlton) and we thoroughly deserved it.

“The loan move has helped me massively. This season was the right time for me to go out and learn my trade and to come to a club like this has been superb.

“The gaffer has come in and helped me loads and I could not have asked for anything better really. Getting to Wembley is beyond my wildest dreams but we’ve got some important games coming up and so, until the semi-finals come around, we’ll be fully focused on those and nothing else.”