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Gaffer's Crawley preview

22 August 2014

‚ÄčNigel Clough is hoping the Blades will be able to build on Tuesday's win at Peterborough, when they play host to Crawley Town at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Clough admits Crawley are something of an unknown quantity at the present time owing to John Gregory's summer overhaul of the playing squad in Sussex, but regardless the Blades boss is wary of the potential threat posed by the Red Devils, who have won two of their first three league matches this term.

But at the same time, the Gaffer is eager for his players to remain focused on their own performances rather than concentrate too much on the opposition.

Clough remarked: "Crawley have signed more players than us over the summer, so just like we are, they will be trying to find the right balance within their team.

"John is an experienced manager, who knows what he is doing, he obviously felt the time was right to make changes there and he will no doubt be encouraged by the start they have made, especially in the league.

"But I want to see our players concentrate on performing more consistently for longer periods of a game, we know we can't dominate for 90 minutes, but we need more than a positive first 30 minutes or a strong second-half after a slow start.

"With all due respect, if we are somewhere near the top of our game, then we should be winning our fair share of matches throughout the season.

"We can't worry too much about what the opposition are doing because sometimes if you do that, you lose sight of vital aspects of your own game."

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