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Gaffer set for play-off showdown

6 May 2015

Nigel Clough says he already knows his starting XI for Thursday's Sky Bet League play-off semi-final first-leg clash against Swindon Town.

But the Gaffer admits the return to fitness of several key players has given his squad a 'boost' ahead of the midweek date with Mark Cooper's Robins.

Clough remarked: "I know the starting line-up in my mind, I have done for a while, it has chopped and changed slightly and may still do so, but we have been clear on what we want to do all season.

"We know Marc (McNulty) can get you a goal at any moment in any game. He got 90 minutes against Chesterfield after returning from a groin injury and took his goal superbly. Marc is a natural finisher, he can play poorly and get you a goal.

"Stefan (Scougall) is another option which is nice, he looked sharp last Sunday, he does a lot of ratting and can create something from nothing too, whilst having Ryan Flynn available is a further boost."

Meanwhile, Clough believes cult hero John Brayford has hit top form for the first time since rejoining the Blades on a permanent basis from Cardiff City in January.

The United boss added: "Wherever John plays we give him the license to get forward with the ball if possible, he did it a bit against Leyton Orient and Chesterfield from centre-back, so it doesn't restrict him playing there instead of right-back.

"John can create opportunities offensively and finish in the attacking penalty area too; he has been the stand out performer in recent weeks, he has been our most consistent player for a while now."

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