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Remaining patient

6 December 2013

Florent Cuvelier remains firmly in Nigel Clough's thoughts, despite only featuring briefly as a substitute in Clough's first game in charge.

When questioned about Cuvelier ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie at Cambridge United, Clough pointed out that the Belgian midfielder had been a regular in his matchday squad, but admitted he has found it difficult to get him some game time:

"Florent (Cuvelier) has been in every matchday squad, but we just haven't found an opportunity to get him involved.

"We pick a team each week that we believe is best equipped to go out and win that particularly game, unfortunately for Florent a situation hasn't arose where we could get him on the pitch or play him from the start.

"Michael (Doyle) and Stephen (McGinn) have got a good partnership in the middle of the park, we have been pleased with Conor (Coady) on the right and Simon (Lappin) and Aidy (White) are experienced performers on the left, but his chance should come."

One player that has forced his way into the reckoning of late is Jose Baxter, but Clough insists in the Blades current predicament it is difficult to play in a gung ho manner.

Clough concluded: "We think Jose (Baxter) is best suited playing off the main striker as he did at Orient.

"You want Jose contributing in the final third and when he gets on the ball he has that bit of extra quality in his locker, we want to see more of him in the weeks ahead.

"We must understand the position we find ourselves, we would love to play open, attacking football and play our way out of trouble, but that very rare happens and we are mindful of that fact."

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