Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has admitted he was thinking about his side’s Capital One Cup clash with Southampton as the Blades drew 1-1 at Fleetwood.

United defender Bob Harris gave his side the lead early on before Antoni Sarcevic replied for the hosts to see both teams settle for a point.

Nigel Clough however believes his side are still in a strong run going into Tuesday’s cup clash. He said: “I don’t think we’ll go with the same system on Tuesday.

“We had a few who weren’t fit to start and few who didn’t make the 18.

“We hope we’re taking momentum into that game.

“We’ll need everything we can get to deal with Southampton.”

Clough also spoke about the motivation he gave Blades full-back Harris to score goals. He added: “We’ve been trying to work out ways to be a little bit more positive.

“We sacrificed the width and we thought it had worked out when we got the early goal.

“Whatever the formation we encourage our full-backs to get forward.

“He doesn’t hit them like that very often, he doesn’t kick the ball very often but it’s a great strike.

“It’s his second in a few weeks.

“We challenged him and said he should be getting four or five in a season.

“It’s lovely for him to get another.”


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