Swindon v Sheffield United: Scougall primed for bigger role by Clough

Sheffield United's manager Nigel Clough.

Sheffield United's manager Nigel Clough.

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NIGEL CLOUGH has dropped a heavy hint that Stefan Scougall could be restored to the starting line-up after triggering the incredible comeback win in midweek.

Sheffield United, like League One rivals Bradford City, are on something of a road trip right now with today’s trip to Swindon Town being followed by a Capital One Cup visit to Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

Jaded legs, though, are not expected to be a problem for the Blades thanks to the amazing comeback that saw a 2-0 deficit at Colchester United with just 10 minutes remaining being overturned in spectacular fashion.

The arrival of Scougall, who had been out for five games with a knee complaint before returning on Tuesday, from the bench changed the course of the match in Essex.

Clough said: “We saw on Tuesday how an impact player like Scougs can change a game. He is still coming back after a few weeks out so he isn’t 100 per cent. But he is in contention and he played 45 minutes (for the development squad) on Wednesday.

“The last 10 minutes, I hope that can have a positive impact at Swindon. It is still hard to believe what happened because we hadn’t created chances until then.”

Tuesday’s dramatic last-gasp victory was enough to power United up into the play-off places for the first time this season. Today brings a trip to the club sitting immediately below the Blades and Clough is expecting another tough contest.

He added: “Swindon are up there and are one of the best footballing sides in the division. They have been settling down as team for the last couple of seasons and are very strong at home.”

Jose Baxter (hamstring) is out, meaning Clough could step up his attempts to bring in former Blackpool forward Steve Davies.

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