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Clough focused on fifth

28 April 2015

Ahead of Sunday's clash with Chesterfield, Nigel Clough has insisted the Blades are determined to finish fifth in the Sky Bet League One table.

Avoiding defeat against the Spireites on the final day of the regular season will see United face Swindon Town in the play-off semi-finals and although Clough would have liked to settle the issue earlier, he says his players will remain focused on getting the right result against Paul Cook's side at the weekend.

Looking ahead, Clough commented: "Ideally we would have wanted to wrap fifth place up and know we are playing Swindon, there isn't much in it come the play-offs but the league table suggests that whoever comes third, be it Preston or MK Dons, are a better teams than the other three.

"So our aim is coming as high as possible and that means we need another positive result against Chesterfield." ​

Reflecting on Saturday's stalemate at Leyton Orient, Clough says he was happy to hand Dominic Calvert-Lewin his debut from the bench, having introduced fellow youngster Che Adams to his starting line-up in the capital.

He added: "It was lovely seeing Dom and Che out there, we saw another little glimpse of the future. Dom came on against an uncompromising defence and battled gamely. It was great to get them both out there.

"Dom wins an awful lot of headers and has a terrific spring. When he is on the field he is a great asset in both penalty areas.

"Che needed a game and it gave Michael Doyle a breather. We wanted to see how Coutts and Baxter combined in midfield and at times we passed the ball excellently."

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