Sheffield United: Nigel under no illusions about task ahead

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has told his players that avoiding relegation is their immediate priority this term.

Speaking ahead of today’s visit to fellow League One strugglers Bristol City, the former England international said: “We are in the bottom four after a third of the season so relegation is a real danger but I think we’ve got enough to allay that in the next few weeks.

“We’ve got a big couple of weeks coming up. We’ve got nine points at stake and a cup tie so it is a big couple of weeks ahead of the Christmas period.”

United remained 23rd in the table after being beaten by Gillingham last weekend. City, meanwhile are 19th, following a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.

United host Walsall on Tuesday before travelling to high-flying Leyton Orient next weekend and Clough said: “We have got a lot of games over the next six weeks. We’ve got something like eight league games and a place up for grabs in the third round. I think we will know a bit more after that.

“This next six weeks can go a long way to defining our season. I look at the nature of games we’ve got coming up.

“We have Bristol City, Walsall are a very good side and Leyton Orient away so it is a tough week.”