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Good start essential

28 December 2013

Nigel Clough is urging his players to pick up where they left off against Oldham Athletic, when Tranmere Rovers arrive at Bramall Lane on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.

Looking ahead to the clash against Rovers, who are a point and a place better off than the Blades in the table, Clough remarked:

"After the game on Thursday we asked the lads if there was any misunderstanding in how we want to play at Bramall Lane and there wasn't, but quite often it comes down to confidence.

"We need to get the crowd behind us from the first minute, but we showed good character against Oldham and proved what we are capable of in the opening 20 minutes of the second period.

"Now we must start on Sunday as we finished on Thursday, if we do the basics correctly and get on the front foot quickly we will be a difficult team to play against.

"We are seven games unbeaten now and that is giving us something to build on, but we need to start winning more at home, that is something we are continuing to try and address."

On the challenge Tranmere will pose, Clough added: "It will be a very similar test on Sunday as the one we faced against Oldham. Teams seem to be coming to Bramall Lane, shutting up shop and not being too adventurous.

"Tranmere will be well organised, resolute and very determined not to give anything away.

"Our first focus on Sunday will be a good, composed start and once that has been achieved we must remain patient and find a way of breaking down the opposition."

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