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Good form must continue

15 January 2015

Nigel Clough hopes United's positive start to 2015 is able to continue throughout the month of January as the Blades look to make ground up on the division's top two.

The Blades have already won at QPR in the FA Cup and beaten top six rivals Preston North End this year, but with two crucial league games to come and three cup ties still to play in the second half of the month, the Blades boss knows the excellent start must continue, especially after a frustrating December.

Looking ahead, the Gaffer commented: "We have had a great start to the month, but this is just the beginning really, we know how difficult it will be with so many games still to play in January.

"Our performances weren't too bad in December, although the results weren't what we deserved for our efforts.

"Before the Preston game, it was the 21st October since our last home league win and that is far too long, especially when you consider the games against Barnsley and the MK Dons which we should have won.

"We also drew with Oldham and Notts County when we perhaps deserved to win, that meant two points from twelve which was hard to take given how well we played at times."

Clough has acknowledged the next few weeks are likely to be pivotal to United's season, he added:

"That return in December has cost us being closer to the top two at this stage, but there is still a massive opportunity to make up that gap, we showed last season how quickly things can change with a succession of victories.

"We know we aren't far away, we have got faith in the players we have got, we still need to add to the group, but as we have proved recently we are capable.

"By the end of the month we will know a lot more about our prospects when we have played MK Dons and Swindon, the Swindon game in particular could be crucial at the end of the month."

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