Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has been named the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for February.

A frantically busy February combined four wins from five games with FA Cup progress, as United embraced their manager's principles of hard work and solidarity.

Clough's team kept four clean sheets in their four League victories and moved up from the bottom four to mid-table.

Dave Bassett, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: "Having started the month in the relegation zone, Sheffield United have surged up the table.

"Nigel's men played seven matches last month, so to maintain such consistency in the League and the FA Cup is an impressive feat."

Sky Sports' Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "It's been an almost faultless display from Sheffield United in February.

"They've turned what was a genuine relegation battle into an outside opportunity of a Play-Off spot.

"They go into tough games against Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers this month in a confident mood."

Sky Bet Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "February has been a fantastic month for Clough.

"The Blades are making a very late surge for a Play-Off place, which would be a fantastic achievement after a poor start to the 2013/14 campaign."

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