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Laying foundations

25 November 2013

Nigel Clough says being resolute and difficult to breakdown is something that the management team are stressing to the players.

With United still in the relegation zone, Clough says not losing has to be the first priority as the Blades look to lay some solid foundations to mount a revival and steer clear of danger at the wrong end of the table.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's clash with Walsall, the Gaffer commented: "I want us to not lose games at the moment, but to do so without being negative, that is our focus.

"We want us to be as tight and as disciplined as possible for as long as possible, it is pretty simple. Away from home, as Saturday proved, you will often come into the game in the second-half and sometimes you get a match-winning break.

"We have learnt from the Gillingham defeat that if you give goals away at the beginning of a half then it is often very difficult to get a positive result.

"We are going to have to scrap for results, both away and at home too, but probably more so at Bramall Lane. The result is solely the main focus at the moment; we won't get points for style.

"Walsall will come to Bramall Lane in confident mood, anyone who saw them beat Peterborough recently will know they are dangerous going forward, so we will have to be at our best defensively."

Clough gave a special mention to defender Tony McMahon, who claimed the all-important assist at Ashton Gate on Saturday, adding:

"Tony McMahon has been reliable since day one for us, but we have been encouraging him to get forward whenever possible, at the right time when we are in comfortable possession.

"First and foremost we want him to defend as a right-back, but he has the ability to contribute offensively, it is about striking a balance and if a clear pass isn't on we want him to put the ball in areas like he did at the weekend."

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