Date: 12th March 2015 at 12:54pm
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Manager Nigel Clough has said he’s content enough at this stage to see Sheffield United in the top six mix.

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The gaffer has explained that although many others tipped the club to be favourites for promotion this season, he wasn’t entirely convinced as he didn’t think the squad as a whole was good enough back in the summer, but obviously we are a lot closer to what he wants in all departments following the January dealings.

Therefore, he’d have gladly accepted our current position back in August and what matters now is what we do with it moving forward over the remaining games.

In quotes carried by Sky Sports he explained.

‘I would have done yes. To be in the top six, three points in, with a game in hand. I would have done yes. We said at the start of the season when people were throwing the favourites tag at us and all that, we never thought we were. We didn’t have a good enough squad in place. We maybe have now from January, but the season’s five months on. That’s nobody’s fault, we couldn’t get the players we wanted.’

Clough goes on to say that apart from Chris O’Grady, which was just a prohibitive deal for a League One side in terms of a permanent move from Brighton and Hove Albion, he doesn’t feel the club could’ve dealt much better in either the summer or winter transfer windows.

‘So we knew we weren’t quite ready as a squad, so therefore to come from second from bottom in February (last year) to top six with 12 games to go, I think we would have taken it.’

The gaffer goes on to say that the only thing costing us in recent times are the individual errors that have crept in to use a phrase, but as he’s said previously the deficiencies in our play have been there all season long, but in previous months we were getting away with them in his mind.

‘It’s just the mistakes. You go back to our last three home games. Jose Baxter getting sent off cost us two points against Coventry, we made mistakes late on against Peterborough, we conceded two poor goals on Saturday and you can’t keep making mistakes. It happens at all levels and the teams that make the least mistakes will be the most successful.’

He ends by saying bluntly that in his mind he’d guess that Bristol City and Preston have made the least mistakes in the league so far, and that’s reflected by their positions in the League One table.

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