Sheffield United: Tubbs and Clarke are key men for Crawley

Billy Clarke (left) in action for Crawley Town
Billy Clarke (left) in action for Crawley Town
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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed his admiration for Crawley Town duo Billy Clarke and Matt Tubbs ahead of tonight’s League One fixture against John Gregory’s side.

But Clough, who was linked with a move for Clarke during the January transfer window, warned it would be a grave mistake to ignore the threat posed by other members of the former Aston Villa chief’s squad after labelling Town an “ambitious and progressive” team.

Tubbs, on loan from AFC Bournemouth, has been in prolific form since arriving at the Stadium, scoring seven goals in his previous nine games and Clough said: “Those two are capable of scoring goals a division above this one. They’re both very good players but they aren’t the only ones we are going to be facing there.

“Crawley will be smarting after getting beaten by Oldham at the weekend so we’ll have to be on our game.”

United, who expected to be without Matt Hill (hamstring) and Bob Harris (thigh), travelled south yesterday also looking to bounce back from defeat after losing 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

That result marked the end of a winning sequence which has seen them climb from 23rd to 11th in the League One table. Town, who drew 1-1 at Bramall Lane in October, are 12th.