The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

WITH crunch time fast ap­proach­ing in the battle for pro­mo­tion, it would be un­der­stand­able if Sh­effield United be­gan to lose their heads.

But Blades boss Nigel Clough is adamant his play­ers re­main cool, calm and col­lected de­spite the mount­ing pres­sure of se­cur­ing a place in the Cham­pi­onship.

United’s play-off fate is still in their own hands with six games to go and as Clough tries to in­stil a sys­tem that will pay div­i­dends in the sec­ond tier, he in­sists his side’s calm­ness should not have peo­ple doubt­ing the in­ten­sity of their de­sire to se­cure pro­mo­tion.

“Ev­ery­one is des­per­ate to go up but that needs to come across in the right way,” said Clough. “There’s no point in us pan­ick­ing or the play­ers pan­ick­ing.

“We have to stay calm and re­laxed and play our foot­ball. We’re still in a great po­si­tion and reach­ing the play-offs is in our hands.

“We’re try­ing to put in place a pat­tern of play and a sys­tem that will take us into the next league and not just scram­ble up there and look at com­ing straight back down again.”

CALM: Nigel Clough

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