Date: 8th March 2015 at 5:52pm
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Manager Nigel Clough has reflected on yesterday’s two one loss on home soil to Fleetwood Town.

Hear Clough Talk About The Game To The BBC

Speaking to the Official Site following the loss at Bramall Lane, Clough said that we are contributing to our own downfall at the moment.

‘We are making mistakes and giving goals away too freely at home. It is very difficult to win any match when you are conceding two goals a game as we have done against Coventry, Peterborough and Fleetwood. In the second-half we got in and around the box, but we made poor decisions and our delivery was poor, we continually hit the first man, even from free-kicks we didn’t put the ball in good areas.’

Clough goes on to say that he doesn’t believe anybody can accuse the players of not caring, or not giving their all and enough in matches of late because they are but we are struggling with that ‘final ball’ and that ‘ruthlessness’ that’s needed in and around both goals – to put them in and then keep them out.

In his eyes it’s something we’ve struggled with all season really, but we’ve largely got away with it so far this campaign.

‘We shouldn’t be conceding from where we have for the second and even for the first we are disappointed Iain hasn’t got a hand on it at his near post.’

Whilst admitting the ‘inconsistencies’ in our home form are deeply frustrating, he goes on to say that in some ways our confidence has drained of late, so the camp need to remain positive and keep their belief and keep plugging away as there is still the promotion push to go for, if we can get ourselves back on track.

Part of that though is to get through the injury concerns we have and get everybody fit and firing via competition for places.

‘We had eight injuries on Saturday which restricted our options and ability to change the game from the bench, but let’s hope this is our wobble and for the last 12 games we will see the job through properly. We will keep fighting and keep striving to improve.’

Another thing for us to get past is the build up of fatigue as he admits that some players are looking ‘dead on their feet’ and that’s thoroughly understandable given the games we’ve played and the Cup successes we’ve had this season.

‘We aren’t worried, we were at a similar time last season when we were third from bottom, we are fifth now and have a lot to be optimistic about.’

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