Sheffield United: Manager Nigel Clough orders Blades to stay on front foot in race for League One promotion

Marc McNulty scores a late goal for Sheffield United
Marc McNulty scores a late goal for Sheffield United
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has warned League One defences that his side will show no mercy in their quest for promotion this term.

Clough made the admission after Saturday’s thrilling 2-2 draw at Leyton Orient, which saw United score two more late goals to lead 2-1 before Roman Vincelot headed Orient’s equaliser with the last touch of the game.

But the scoreline only told half the story of the game, as United spent virtually the entire second half camped inside Orient’s half and had almost 60 per cent of possession, with 15 shots at goal and 13 corners.

And Clough, whose side moved up to tenth in the table ahead of this weekend’s televised Yorkshire derby at Bradford, wants his side to continue in the same dominant fashion throughout the season - at home and away.

“That is the template of how we want to play, wherever we are,” Clough said.

“The last two home performances [Gillingham and Orient] haven’t yielded six points but they are indicative of what we want to do.

“I keep trying to lay it out to the players, especially at Bramall Lane - it should be wave after wave of attacks, with lots of passing and good crosses into the box.

“If we keep believing that something will come, then we will get our rewards and on another day, these matches could have finished three or four-nil.”

Trailing 1-0 to Jay Simpson’s first half goal, United scored twice in as many minutes in injury time to lead before Vincelot’s header levelled the scores once again.

“We just keep going,” Clough admitted.

“We have a great belief and that wears teams down - and we’ll need that over the next few months. Credit to Orient for the way they defended but against lesser teams, we’ll score more - and earlier.

“Fitness wise, you can see teams hanging on, on their knees, but we just keep going at them. We just keep the intensity up and keep pounding away at them.”

Terry Kennedy continued his comeback from injury with 60 minutes for United’s U21 side yesterday, in a 2-0 defeat at Charlton.