Clough defends the achievement

Nigel Clough
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Nigel Clough has insisted it would be a mistake to under-estimate the significance of his team’s latest achievement.

Less than a fortnight after watching them become the first third-tier team to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup since 2001, Sheffield United manager Clough lauded United’s first-team squad again after Monday’s stalemate with Preston North End set a new club record for consecutive clean sheets.

And, as United opened their 125th anniversary celebrations ahead of this afternoon’s League One fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the former England international said: “It’s a remarkable achievement. This club is well over 100 years old, as everybody knows, and so that puts what they’ve done into some sort of context.

“The lads should be very proud of what they’ve done. But, now they’ve set such high standards, we want them to continue striving to reach them.”

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