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Clough looks ahead to Scunthorpe

24 March 2015

​​Nigel Clough is predicting another closely fought encounter when the Blades face Scunthorpe United for the second time in the space of ten days on Tuesday evening.

The corresponding fixture earlier this month ended in a 1-1 draw with Kieron Freeman cancelling out Neal Bishop's headed opener and the Blades boss admitted that fixture could have gone either way in the second-half, although Clough felt the Blades were the dominant force in the opening 45 minutes, something he is keen to see replicated in midweek.

Looking ahead, the Gaffer remarked: "We need another good start, at Glanford Park we felt we dominated much of the first-half, but conceded a poor goal from a set-piece and at the interval it was 1-1, when really we should have been winning comfortably.

"But in the second period, Scunthorpe came into the game, put us on the back foot, had a goal disallowed and could have won the game, although we did have chances of our own to snatch all three points.

"Now we are back at Bramall Lane and on the back of Saturday it is again crucial we get on the front foot and look to score early to settle everyone down.

"It showed against Port Vale that when we do get an early goal, we tend to relax a bit, the fans do too and we produce a better performance.

"Scunthorpe will be resolute though, they need points to move away from the bottom four and Mark (Robins) will have them well organised and ready to battle it out."

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