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Sheffield United: Fire us into play-offs, says Clough

Blades celebrate Conor Coady's second goal

Blades celebrate Conor Coady's second goal

  • by James Shield Sheffield United
 

Nigel Clough challenged Conor Coady to fire Sheffield United into play-off contention following last night’s victory over Crawley Town.

Nigel Clough challenged Conor Coady to fire Sheffield United into play-off contention following last night’s victory over Crawley Town.

The midfielder, on loan from Liverpool, scored twice as the visitors moved to within seven points of sixth-placed Peterborough with nine games remaining.

Despite insisting United have only a slim chance of overhauling Darren Ferguson’s side, Clough said: “If Conor continues in the same vein then, over the course of an entire season, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be aiming for double figures.

“People like Frank Lampard have made a career out of doing that and it’s the type of return Conor should be looking to replicate.”

Coady, who recently renewed his agreement until the end of the League One campaign, took his tally in United colours to six with well-taken finishes either side of the interval. “It’s something we’ve spoken with Conor about,” Clough added. “We want him to be positive and get into areas where he can hurt the opposition because he’s got the ability to do that. We don’t think he’s the type of player who should just look to sit back and sweep things up.”

Clough, meanwhile, has revealed he could be forced back into the transfer market after centre-half Harry Maguire collected the caution which triggers an automatic two match suspension. With Matt Hill (hamstring), Terry Kennedy (knee) and Bob Harris (thigh) nursing injuries, the United manager said: “We’ll have to find someone to slot in there if none of those lads recover in time.”

 

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