Sheffield United: McNulty ready to answer Clough’s call

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Marc McNulty, the Sheffield United centre-forward, says he possesses the strength of character required to flourish in the pressure cooker atmosphere of Bramall Lane.

Nigel Clough’s side, who return to League One action at Coventry City later today, are expected to win promotion from League One this season after narrowly failing to qualify for the play-offs last term.

“Psychologically, I think I’m strong,” McNulty told The Green ‘Un. “If you’re a striker and you keep getting on the end of chances then you know that sooner or later you are going to put one of them away.”

“There are lads here who, when I was up in Scotland, I always looked up to,” the Edinburgh born marksman added. “I’m still learning and trying to improve but the great thing about being here is that, with the crosses that come into the box, you always know those chances are going to keep coming.”

Despite reaching the second round of the Capital One Cup, where they will face West Ham at the Boleyn Ground in 10 days time, courtesy of a midweek victory over Mansfield Town, United were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City last weekend. Clough, who expressed frustration at the result, nevertheless insisted the contest with City had contained several encouraging signs.

Echoing those sentiments, McNulty, a summer signing from Livingston, said: “I thought we were unfortunate not to come away with something from that one but we’ve got our first win now and so, hopefully, that’s going to give us a bit of momentum.

“When Scouggs (Stefan Scougall) came down from Livingston as well in January, we kept in touch and he kept on telling me what a great place this is. I’ve always been aware of Sheffield United because they’re such a big name and so that’s why I jumped at the chance to come here when it materialised.”

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