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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has warned Chesterfield his team will fight “to the death” during tomorrow’s derby with the Spireites.

Clough issued the pledge following their dramatic victory over Gillingham last weekend which saw United score twice during the closing nine minutes to climb above Paul Cook’s side in the League One table.

“We don’t give up,” Clough said. “We keep going right until the death. We demand that as a staff and our fans demand it too. No matter what the situation is, you can never afford to ease up.

“I think the number of late goals we’ve got 
recently is an indication, hopefully, of the character we’re getting into the squad.”

Wade Elliott has spoken of the growing belief inside Ashton Gate that this could be Bristol City’s season.

Unbeaten in their opening ten games, the in-form Robins have surged to the top of the League One table and are enjoying their best start to a campaign in more than half-a-century.

Last weekend’s 3-2 home win over MK Dons saw Steve Cotterill’s team establish a five-point lead over second-placed Peterborough United.

Now City fans are allowing themselves to contemplate the possibility of promotion back to the Championship after an absence of two seasons.

Appointed captain following the departure of Sam Baldock to Brighton last month, ex-Burnley midfielder Elliott claims there is a growing sense that City can achieve “something special” between now and the end of the season next May.

He said: “You come into the ground now and you can sense there is a good feeling about the place. It has been building for a little while now.

“We had a good crowd on Saturday, they created a good atmosphere and we were able to give them a win to cheer.”

Kevin Nugent has been offered the Leyton Orient job following the departure of Russell Slade.

Nugent was placed in temporary charge following Slade’s decision to leave the east London club last week following an approach from Championship club Cardiff. Despite suffering a 3-2 defeat against Rochdale last Saturday, the former Orient striker is believed to be a popular choice with the players following his role as assistant coach under Slade and his work as youth team manager.

Nugent will now consider the offer and will let Orient owner Francesco Becchetti know if he wants the role on a permanent basis.