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We will improve says Clough

20 November 2013

Nigel Clough is confident United's fortunes will soon improve, especially if they can eradicate the individual mistakes and lack of discipline that has hampered progress under his stewardship so far.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash at Bristol City, the Gaffer looked back on an eventful first few weeks in charge at Bramall Lane, commenting: "In all four games to date we have had the lion's share of possession, created the most chances and, arguably, had the better of the game.

"The sending off (of Febian Brandy) and the fantastic first goal proved to be the difference at Shrewsbury, whilst two mistakes have cost us dear against Gillingham. In the two victories we didn't make individual errors.

"George Long and Harry Maguire will make mistakes because their age, despite them being relatively experienced in terms of the number of games they have played. The senior players here are terrific with the younger lads and as a coaching staff we certainly know how to handle these tricky situations.

"The experienced lads have been through it themselves and know what it is like to be in the position of our youngsters at the present time.

"It isn't just youngsters here that can suffer bad days; I remember Tom Ince missing a penalty in the first minute of a game last season for Blackpool and Paul (his dad) said it affected him for the rest of the game.

"Individual errors usually prove costly at any level; it is just doubly frustrating because we haven't been under prolonged pressure in any game since we took charge last month.

"We aren't conceding many chances, yet we are losing games, so mentally we have to address that so the players are on the pitch without a negative mindset."

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