Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough warned his team not to take play-off qualification for granted despite seeing them consolidate their grip on a top six finish by beating Doncaster Rovers last night.
Goals from Jose Baxter, Matt Done and Steven Davies moved United eight points clear of seventh-placed Rochdale with five matches of their League One season remaining following a dramatic South Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane. Clough, who admitted “the score could have been anything,” said: “We’re not there yet, not by a long way. Until we have more points left then there are up for grabs then it’s still game on.
“Other clubs are going to come up against us and be positive, exactly like Doncaster were, because they can go about their work with freedom knowing they’ve got nothing or very little to lose. That’s not a luxury we’ve got.
“But I think you can see that, even though we can still improve in lots of areas, we’re learning to cope with that better now.”
“We’re scrapping and fighting, that’s good to see,” Clough added. “We’ve got the characters here who are ready to dig in.”
Rovers, who saw Kyle Bennett open the scoring before cancelling-out Done’s strike, remain 12th. United are fifth ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Oldham Athletic but saw Bob Harris join Jamie Murphy (back) and Terry Kennedy (groin) on the treatment table.