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Gaffer on Chesterfield point

4 May 2015

Nigel Clough was happy enough after seeing his side clinch fifth spot in Sky Bet League One following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield, which sets up a play-off semi-final against Swindon Town.


Speaking after seeing Ian Evatt cancel out Marc McNulty's open against the Spireites in front of a crowd in excess of 26,000 at Bramall Lane, the Blades boss felt a point apiece was a fair result on reflection.


Clough commented: "Chesterfield showed why they have finished in the top six, but we acquitted ourselves well despite making five changes and deservedly got something from the game to ensure we finished fifth.


"We started well and the goal gave us a boost before half-time, but we were disappointed we conceded so early in the second-half.


"Marc (McNulty) took his goal well and needed a game to put himself in contention for the play-offs, the same applied for the likes of McEveley, Reed and Scougall."


The Gaffer explained why he decided to rotate his squad against Paul Cook's side, adding: "We have got a good idea on our starting XI for Thursday night, but we are flexible and it is open to change. Our team on Sunday was with the play-offs in mind, the likes of Basham, Murphy and Coutts are all likely to feature against Swindon.


"Jamie looked like he was ready for a rest and this was the final chance, he has carried a lot of the burden this season and has featured heavily throughout, it certainly should benefit him.


"Bash has had a bit of a knee problem for a while now, whilst we decided not to push Paul's hamstring too much, so he sat out too. Matt Done continues to battle his troublesome groins and we remain hopeful, whilst we thought Steven Davies and Jason Holt would also benefit from a breather if possible as well."


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