Clough eyes repeat of Boxing Day late show

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
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SHEFFIELD UNITED chief Nigel Clough has ordered the Blades to carry on from where they left off during a high-octane final quarter on Boxing Day.

The Blades extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches in the 1-1 Roses draw with Oldham Athletic, with a blistering 54th-minute free-kick against his old club from Jose Baxter securing a share of the spoils for Clough’s side.

But it was the hosts’ encouraging end to proceedings, attacking the Kop, which represented the major substantive to take on the day for Clough, whose side welcome Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere tomorrow afternoon.

All this came after the Blades were booed off following a poor first-half showing, which saw the Latics take on an early lead – with Clough admitting fans were within their rights to show their displeasure.

Clough said: “The fans were entitled to vent their feelings at the break.

“But it seemed to spur the players on in the second half and the last 15 or 20 minutes after the break is how I want to attack teams at home. On any other day, we could have got the winner.”

Meanwhile, Clough says he will aim to bring back Aidy White to the club in the new year after the loan left-back hobbled off early on during the Boxing Day encounter.

The Leeds United player suffered an ankle strain and could be out for between two to four weeks, with his loan spell set to end early in the process.

But during his time at Bramall Lane, White has impressed and Clough – a long-time admirer of the player even before he brought him to the club – is eyeing a renewed move.

On the prospect of bringing White back to S2, Clough – also linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers midfielder Alan Judge – said: “Yes, that’s something we’d probably look at doing.

“Aidy will almost certainly go back to Elland Road for treatment now. Leeds are his parent club and so, quite rightly, they are likely to want to oversee and take care of that.

“What happens after that is, of course up to them, but if there’s a possibility of doing something again, then we’d think very seriously about it because he’s done well for us.”