VIDEO: We’re still in good shape for play-offs, says Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough launched a passionate defence of his team following last night’s draw at Walsall.

The visitors remained in pole position to qualify for the League One play-offs despite seeing Ashley Grimes cancel-out Jose Baxter’s opener midway through the second half.

With United enjoying a game in hand over the majority of those clubs also competiting for a top six finish, Clough told The Star: “We are in control of our own destiny. We haven’t forgotten that and neither have the lads.

“It’s still in our hands and so we are still in good shape. Especially because there is now one less game to go.

“We’ve got important members of the squad coming back who will help us turn results like this into wins. At the stage of the season we are at now, it’s important to see that and it’s encouraging too.

“We wanted more because we always want to win but we were inches away from doing that at the end. And that’s how small the margins are.”

Clough, whose team stayed fifth after Barnsley and Peterborough both failed to win, was referring to a superb 89th minute save from Walsall goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell to deny substitute Ben Davies. Although United will enter Saturday’s fixture against Port Vale without a victory in five, Clough: “It’s another point on the road. That’s six unbeaten on the road now and so we’re pleased with that but we should have gone on to win the game.

“We were sitting back a bit and could have shown a little bit more quality on the ball but were also relatively comfortable. The game was fizzling out and then a cross comes in we didn’t deal with. That was all.”

“It was a superb goal from Jose and it was a superb save at the end from their ‘keeper too,” Clough added. “In fact, it was incredible to be fair.”

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