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Gaffer keen to extend run

16 September 2014

Nigel Clough is optimistic the Blades can kick-off a week on the road with a positive result at Colchester United on Tuesday night.

The Blades face the U's in Essex, before long trips to Swindon and Leyton Orient in league and cup respectively and Clough is encouraged with the progress his side are making this

United head to the Weston Homes Community Stadium in 9th position in Sky Bet League One and are currently unbeaten in five games in all competitions, a run the Gaffer is determined to see extended.

He commented: "We are looking to build confidence and momentum and we are doing so at the moment by winning games by the odd goal.

"We head to Colchester with a five game unbeaten run and we want to be coming back on the bus on Tuesday night having extended that sequence to six.

"We are improving with every game, the next step at 1-0 is to go on and get the second goal to kill the game off, especially at Bramall Lane.

"The players are handling the growing expectations this season and that is another aspect that we have to manage, a lot of teams have a free game against us because we are fancied to win every week, both home and more often than not away."

Looking ahead, Clough is wary of tackling the U's, who will have been buoyed by a morale boosting victory with ten-men at Leyton Orient at the weekend.

He added: "Colchester had a fantastic result against the odds at Leyton Orient on Saturday and after a disappointing start they will be full of confidence and looking to take another scalp.

"They have changed the manager and that coupled with the result at Orient will make them a totally different proposition.

"They will be dangerous on Tuesday night, they are a young side who try to play right so we have to press them as a team and look to show some authority from the first whistle."

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