Sheffield United: It doesn’t matter who we face in play offs, says Clough

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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough says it doesn’t matter who the Blades come up against when the play offs begin next week.

United, currently in fifth, take on sixth-placed Chesterfield on Sunday and if things stay as they are then Swindon will be their opponents next Thursday.

Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough

However, should the Spireites win at Bramall Lane then Clough’s men will be facing either Preston or MK Dons.

North End are in second and take on Colchester, who could be relegated this weekend, and Dons, a point behind in third, are at home to already-doomed Yeovil.

While fans may be looking at the permutations and trying to decipher who they would prefer to face, for Clough, the opposition is irrelevant.

“We are delighted to have secured (the play off place) down at Leyton Orient and we are looking forward to the game against Chsterfield and then we get down to the real business and the two-legged play off,” he said.

“I don’t think (it matters who you play). It would be easy to sit down and pick and choose and say ‘what if we played them?’

“If they are in the top six in League One it will be a tough game whoever we face.”

Aside from the opposition, Clough also dismisses the notion of form, going into the crunch games. United have stumbled along the way, with some disappointing results punctuating a difficult grind of a campaign, but the Blades boss believes that anything that has gone on before the semi-finals kick off next week is largely insignificant.

“The play offs are such a lottery, I don’t think you can predict anything,” he said.

“Teams can finish 20-odd points from sixth to third and still get promoted. All that’s gone on in the previous nine months, I don’t think will account for much.”

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