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JG: Another big test

25 March 2014

Boss looking forward to facing Sheffield United

Manager John Gregory is looking forward to pitting his wits against Nigel Clough and in-form Sheffield United tonight.

The Sky Bet League One clash at the Checkatrade.com Stadium (7.45pm) sees 12th entertain 11th - although both sides still have one eye on gatecrashing the play-offs. United also have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to on April 13 against Hull City.

Looking ahead to the game, John said: "Sheffield United are a massive club who have had a bit of a fall from grace in the last few years. But Nigel has gone in there and worked his magic and it's no surprise to me that they come to us on such a good run. I know they lost to Wolves on Saturday, but that was their first defeat in 12 games which is an outstanding record at any level.

"Nigel likes his teams to play out from the back and pass it, just as his father did, and we should see a really good football match tonight and one our lads are looking forward to."

The boss admits it took him some time to get over Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Oldham, which had come only four days after we had toppled leaders Wolves here a week ago.

"I take every result - win, lose or draw - personally and i was devastated after Saturday. It was my lowest point since I came here," he said.

"But I came in on Monday, saw a few smiling faces and a really good training session by the boys and I was smiling again.

"It is just frustrating that with the sides above us dropping points Saturday felt like a missed opportunity. It was also a lesson to us that you can't afford to switch off against any opponent in this division.

"But it's behind us now ands hopefully tonight we'll have a good, noisy crowd in getting behind us as they did last week. That performance against Wolves has to be our benchmark between now and the end of the season."

You can watch a 6-minute preview interview with John on our YouTube channel by clicking here. Make sure you subscribe for free to the channel so you can enjoy the best pre and post-match coverage. 

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