Sheffield United: Clough wary of Coventry threat

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says his team must not be lulled into a false sense of security by Coventry City’s position in the League One table.

Steven Pressley’s side visit Bramall Lane this afternoon ranked 17th but were docked 10 points at the start of the season for entering administration.

“Coventry are clearly much better than their league position suggests,” Clough said. “They’d be much higher than they are now were it not for what happened.

“I heard Steven saying a while back that survival was their target and they’ve achieved that. Make no mistake, when you think what’s gone on there, having to leave your own ground, all the distractions that there have been for him and his players, it’s been a brilliant job from them.”

United, who are eighth, yesterday confirmed winger Ryan Flynn has signed a new contract which could tie him to the club until 2017.

“Ryan deserves his new contract and I am delighted we have managed to put this one to bed before the end of the season,” Clough said. “He has been integral to our success in recent months and you couldn’t ask for a more honest, hardworking lad.

“Ryan is a real team player. This is the start of our planning for next season, it is important we complete our business quickly to hopefully enable us to hit the ground running when we return for training.”

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