View From Birmingham

 

“I can’t remember the last time we came from behind to win a game.”

“A brilliant performance. Brilliant management from Monk.”

“tbh we are not a bottom half team, this season has been a disaster from the start even pre season was a washout. As you say can`t wait now for next season and pre season.”

“not only will we be in this division next season, we will be in th Top 6”

“Great win today against a decent Blades team who had everything to play for, fair result, what was with Duffy? he didn’t cut it at Blues get over it son, you just didn’t warrant a place in the team simples.”

“Really deserved that bit of a funny game but the thing with football is it ent over till it’s over. Very soft goal to conceed and not sure why a player that a lot of blues fans wanted to see given a chance thinks there’s a vendetta against him. Looks a right **** now anyway.Great following to from UTD, and a great season after being promoted.”

“What’s Duffys problem? Apart from being ginger. And crap.Maybe he is still scarred from being unable to dislodge Lee Novak from the starting 11 during his time here”

“Duffy was the worst player I have seen this season”

“Poor man’s Jacques Maghoma.”

“our fans really were the twelfth man today as well as in other games. There is no other fans in this league like our Fans”

“..that sheff player faking injury for 6 minutes the only way to quiet us down”

Pre-Match View From Birmingham

“This is must win but a point could do (Strange football isn’t it?)

This is huge, the biggest game of the season by far. I think we are in it till the last day which worries me as surely we don’t get out of it three times with last day drama.
Difficult one to predict as I think Wolves away has really unsettled quite a few.”

“We seriously need all 3 points and I dont give a toss how we get them. If they are brinking 2.8k then the atmosphere should be good, but feck em,all I want is the 3 points. “

“I honestly think we can take Sheffield United in this match. I would maintain that, even if they are chasing a playoff place, their team is no better than ours and we are at home. The way Monk has got us playing, I think a win is definitely possible”

“No excuses for not winning this. Sheffield United are not in great form”

“They are 3 points from play offs, Villa couldn’t beat them at home could they? Donaldson!!
We will show you them it’s done Saturday”

“They may be but they are not in great form and if you remember we completely matched them earlier in the season.”

“This game will be difficult, Sheff U are still in the hunt for a play-off. However we should remember that they are in this good position because they got off to a flyer at the beginning of the season, they have come off the boil since.
I don’t think I have been to a squeaky bum game in years.”

“Anyone else as worried as me about where our goals are coming from? 1-0 would be great and if Barnsley lost I think we would be close to safety- one more point in the remaining two matches I reckon would be enough”

“Sheffield will be a tough nut to crack because they are still chasing a play off place, but we are the home team and we’ve got to want and go for a win.
Adams will be available, but Dean will be missing, which is a big blow.
However, we’ve got something else, the St Andrews crowd. The noise we made at the final match of last season was deafening and helped us to victory. I’m sure it will be the same again for this match.”

“We need goals if we are to improve our goal difference compared with Bolton, so I think Adams has to start. Davis has scored goals, but he’s not a natural goalscorer.”

“Adams has scored 3 in 27 League games this season. I know he’s been injured but he is not prolific. He’s inconsistent and can go missing in games but because he was previously with the Blades and it could be a case of ‘scoring against yer old team’ I’d start with him in a 4-4-2 and hope he get’s his head down and drills a powerful one in as he did v Cardiff. “

“I think we simply have to win
Hopefully Monk feels the same way and goes all out for the win
IF we are going to go down then lets go down the right way and not trying to defend defend defend and hope that Juke somehow manages to get one goal in the 2 or 3 chances that we may be able to give him (at home) when he usually needs 10 chances to get one goal.
So come on Blues, don’t be afraid anymore, its past that point now, just go for them from the off and get that win.
I don’t want to see Jota anywhere near our box and he should be told to go wherever he likes.”

“I have posted previously about that night game in the 70s, i said then that it was the worsy hiding i had ever seen an away following endure at st andrews.
It was sureal, the police had literally vacated the ground to take up position outside the ground, leaving 6,000 sheffield fans behind. Que groups of blues climbing the fencing that had kept us apart now minus the lines of police. The sheffield fans although in large numbers didn’t know what to do and were like sitting ducks as probably no more than a couple of hundred blues fans rained down on them.
Our away games in sheffield in the 70s were also carnage with police being pulled from there horses and the city centre shops taking a batterig. So many blues fans were arrested they had to lay on a special train to take them homeo one year and the night game when we were fighting relegation was carnage, over 10,000 travelled that night.”

“They tried to come the ‘big I am’ up there in November. I know somebody who gat smacked from behind, the bloje that did it got filled in. Wasn’t the only incident that day”

“Must have been a couple of different things going on, as I know a small group of our lot came Second, this season.”

“They got a kicking at their place earlier this season and a fairly decent scrap prior and after the 4-0 fa cup game.”

“Never really minded Sheff Utd, even when Colin W*nker was in charge, although I’m still scarred by that 0-0 draw in ’98 when we missed the playoffs on goals scored – goal difference would’ve seen us make the top 6, but the FL had changed the rules that year to supposedly inspire more attacking football – after Sasa Ilic spent 90 mins channeling his inner Lev Yashin. “

“I like Sheff Utd fans to be honest.”

View From Millwall

 

“A dramatic and exciting game which ended all square.We started off on the front foot and pressed them back from the off. Everybody looked up for it and was getting their foot in, closing down and denying them space. But they were up for it big time too. There was lots of good movement in the middle, people running off the ball, going wide and putting crosses in but we defended stoutly. They probably had slightly the better of the first half with chances. The ones of note was some close control by their 9 Clarke and a decent shot from 25yards which Archer saved well. We had a decent header from Cooper and some good attacking play but it came to nothing and ended all square at the break.The second half was a different story. They came out all guns blazing and pressed us back from the start. They stretched us this way and that and really our us under pressure. Their best chance came from a cross from the left which their bloke headed from 6 yards and Archer pushed it over for a corner. It was real Gordon Banks stuff. We had some decent movement forward with a great ball to Gregory from Morison on the right. He ran into the box and should have pulled the trigger but he squared it and it came to nothing. Then it was their turn. A good ball to their Clarke went off with a firm challenge from Hutch. It looked a goal kick but the ref deemed it to be a corner. We didn’t clear it very well and their winger swung it in from the left, it was headed back across goal and Clarke nodded it in from three yards. Their mob went nuts. But their joy didn’t last long. From the kick off it went back to Cooper who swung it forward into their box. It sailed over the head of their defended and Morison met it on the full and side footed it wide of their keeper for the equaliser. It was our turn to go nuts. We brought on Fred for a tiring Marshall but he did very little. Elliott came on for the last two minutes to replace Gregory and had a couple of touchesThere were two shouts for a penalty at each end. Their forward got booked for diving and ours could have gone either way. And so it ended an exciting draw….which I would have taken at one o’clock.Archer made three world class saves which kept us in it and got my MOM. Romeo was very strong and focussed and Meredith was his normal aggressive and energetic self. Hutch and Cooper were rocks at the back but had their work cut out all afternoon. Wallace was lively and threatening and both Saville and Wallace were busy and solid. Marshall played well but didn’t have too many opportunities to shine. Gregory had his normal busy game and one chance which he should have made more of. Morison showed his class with a deft finish for the goal.”

“Solid result. I had this down as the hardest of our games left. Need at least one win
from Fulham, Villa or Boro, though.”

“Fair result I thought.”

“A bit of frustration from a few around me during the first half. As a few away games this season we grew into the game, they still had the pressure, we still looked dangerous. To score immediately after gave us the lift, I thought we were gonna win it.”

“like most games this season…Sheffield United passing it around the back.Millwall more interested in going forward asap.”

“What character. They threw everything at us & thought they’d won it.”

“not the best performance by a long shot but I’ll take that.”

“On their forum there’s a few digs about us being ‘poor’; yet on twitter a fair few Blades say it was a fair result. I would imagine that’s probably because people that bother being on a forum are the more one-eyed fanatical type of fan. Personally, thought we sounded very good – it was a game they needed to win & we could afford to draw. So, we were a bit more cautious than usual – bar when we needed to grab a goal back & instantly went up a gear and got straight back into it.”

“Haven’t heard anybodys fans say we are any good this season , well the table and results dont lie”

“Great all round archer man of the match”

“Some Sheffield United fans may argue they deserved to win if not for Archer; but I don’t think they’ve got two legs to stand on.”

“Archer was great, the shot they had that was going in to the top corner I thought was a goal as Archer didn’t move to the very last second, almost like his hand teleported there”

“Archer MoM”

“Just got to keep going . We’ll get there for sure”

“What a ride, not sure my ticker can take much more! Amazing season, will go down as one of the best.”

“Chris Wilder has always been my favourite opposing manager. So honest. Take note, Warnock.”

Pre-Match From Millwall

“must-win for the Blades. Must-not-lose for the Lions. This is a big one.”

“Sheffield United is now a must-not-lose, rather than a must-win. That being said, a win would put us six points clear of the Blades, taking them out of it, and possibly four/five points clear of Boro with three games to go. So  tight. With so many of the top 8 playing each other, I think it’s possible, if unlikely, that we could even get in with 4/12.”

“This is the one I’m dreading the most of our games left to be honest”

“Imagine looking at them fixtures knowing we needed points to stay up Championship next season ? I will take that as a prize for losing out ”

“They are going to play 3-5-1-1 formation apparently.That would be completely insane. So lets hope thats what they play.”

“Makes no difference to us as we’re set up to cover every angle.
All our outfield players are covering each other,a sort of ‘total football’ Do you not think that our oppo have been trying to counter our set-up, and failed so far,?”

“Looks like David Brooks was on song during midweek.”

“Hope Sheffield United fans are embarrassed by their clubs ticket allocation for Millwall fans on Saturday…disgraceful but hey we’ll still make twice the noise they do as at all other grounds we go to”

“If Millwall gets promoted, I’m cancelling the kids’ season tickets. They can’t get a sniff of sporting glory at such a young age. It’ll ruin them. First they need to suffer decades of soul-crushing misery.”

 

View From Boro

Can’t find the words to correctly express my disappointment”

“Much better second half after that meltdown in the first but the damage was already done. The season isn’t over but we just aren’t good enough to beat them around us to get back in the playoffs.”

“picked up 4 points out of 12 in last 4 games and they want to go in the playoffs. Absolutely no chance this has been such a disappointing season and again proves our scouting network is dreadful. We can’t keep blaming managers and players”

“Overriding feeling – frustration. Frustration at what was a suicidal first half, giving us a mountain to climb. Frustration at a second half where it was everything for us that the first wasn’t. Big, big blow is that result.”

“By far the better team second half and you couldn’t fault their effort. With a bit of luck we might have got the unlikely draw”

“Very impressed with the second half, hopefully we can use that to kick on.Sheff Utd won’t end up in the play offs if the have second halfs at home to 10 men like that, they were muck.”

“Have another look at what you’ve just written bearing in mind our performance against 9 men a week ago!!”

“Their first goal was a wonder strike really early and the sending off was harsh, it’s hard not to get demoralised after that. Fair play to them coming back like this, must have been one hell of a half time team talk.”

“that first half was completely unacceptable.When two teams go toe to toe and one team comes out on top, someone has to come out second best and sometimes you just hold you hands up and say that’s football, but that first half wasn’t toe to toe. It was short of work rate, people shying away from graft, hiding from responsibility.Second half the team worked so so hard, so pats on the back for that. They really stood up for the team, man for man, in the second half, but where was that in the first?Still only 11 points from teams in the top half all season. Awful record.”

“I don’t want to hear about how well Boro played 2nd half. Amazing what you can do with pressure off and nothing to lose. But at 0-0 and pressure on, bottlers. Lazy, uninterested, no energy. Pathetic. And Leadbitter…..great servant but no thank you any more.”

“Do you earn points for playing “well” in the 2nd half.
We didnt play well. We competed in the 2nd half.”

“who cares, battled to what… only just losing against a team who’s entire squad costs less than one of our subs. And that isn’t meant to sound arrogant and disrespectful towards the opponents at all, just proof that once again we’re outfought and out thought by a team on a shoestring budget.”

“They could have 9 men and we woudnt have broke them down”

“We were absolutely awful first half. Much better in the second half but unfortunately the damage was done. Second half showed the fight and spirit the fans want and if we carry on like that we’ll be fine. Pretty sure the ref was a sufc fan though”

“We weren’t very good, but; Leadbitter – that is a harsh red. No malice in either booking, no final warning, both in quick succession? Sheff Utd players rolling about all over the shop, he’s failed to be equal handed in handing out cards to their players, and how is Clarke allowed to stay on the field for the second goal? Should he not have to leave the field of play after rolling around feigning injury, leading to a stoppage?”

“United were falling over at every opportunity demanding a yellow and the ref has fallen for it. Game over, but it’s only football.”

“Assombalonga got nowt out of the referee, and was pulled all over the place. Felt like 10 vs 12 at times. Still a crap result like. A draw would’ve been fine.”

“Well we pulled a goal back with 10 men. We would not have done any worse with 11 men. So perhaps the ref is not blameless”

 

Pre-Match View From Boro

“Well, well, well. Boro got out of their mini slump and beat Karankas toothless troops 2-0 thanks to goals from Daniel “CR7” Ayala and Downing. We keep our place in the play offs but Milwall are somehow keeping up the pressure. Our next game is already on tuesday night as we go to fellow play off contenders Sheffield United in the first of a number of “6 pointers”. United lost their last game 2-3 away at Barnsley despite leading 2-1 with 25 minutes to go. United are in bad shape at the moment and have only won 1 game in 7 which was at home againt the mighty Burton 5 games ago. They are trailing Boro by 4 points so the onus is on them to attack us. That might free up some space for Traore, Downing, Howson and Bamford on the break which is likely the tactics Pulis will employ.They seem a bit nervous about the game knowing that a loss or maybe even a draw could end their season. They know they are not in great form and their defence isn’t getting much praise. If the players are thinking along those lines too I predict a very tactical game and probably only one goal in it. We really need to get at them and not let their confidence grow. They are in a bad shape and we need to rattle them from kick off.”

“Apart from Millwall all of the other contenders are as equally as bad as Boro in terms of results however looking at the fixtures it would seem likely that all should pick up 3 points though Millwall might not get the 3 points as I feel Bolton desperately need something to maintain their own precarious position.. Absolutely a massive game for both Boro and Sheffield United and falls into the category of THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THE SEASON………….so far! Definitely a “must not” lose game for both teams. Think it is within us to get 3 points but I suspect a draw will be the outcome”

“It’s a case of an in form team against a struggling one, so of course Boro will reverse the Blades fortunes as we do against any team low on confidence…I’d go with the same Lineup, it seems like Sheffield United’s momentum from their terrific promotion season is finally slowing down. Their left wing back Stevens has looked a bit dodgy in the games I’ve seen him, he wont be looking forward to matching up against Traore.”

“I watched Sheffield United against Cardiff live on Sky the other night and they were very, very good. If we are not at the races here we could get beat which would be a big blow. I’ve seen some calls for Adama Traore to be rested but we cannot afford to do that under any circumstances until a top 6 position is confirmed. Hard to predict the outcome until we know which Boro turn up!”

“This one has got nil nil written all over it as far as I can see. I think both teams will be trying to keep things tight and snatch a single goal, I can’t see either side being particularly adventurous. ”

“I have a feeling we’ll lose this one, our away performances against top half teams have been poor and we aren’t good enough on the counter-attack. Think TP would snap your hand off for a draw and will start too cautious with Bamford isolated. Can see us going behind by 1 then huffing and puffing like we tend to. We’re really not good at chasing games, look at Burton. Best case scenario Boro score first from a set piece or Adama/Bamford does something magic and then have something to defend, as that’s when the team looks happiest (although it is torture to watch as fans). Not trying to be negative just think this is a fair reflection of how we’ve played recently and the likely outcome.”

“Sheff Utd’s last 6 games W1 D4 L1, hard to beat on their own ground as Cardiff found out”

“Sheffield Utd will think themselves unlucky first game of the season which may turn to our advantage on Tuesday.”

“I can’t believe they’re still hanging on in there – especially as Leon Clarke’s goals have all but dried up.”

“Derby and Sheff Utd for me are the two games I worry about. Although Sheff Utd, Bristol and Millwall will have to come at us and try and beat us just because of the state of the table, which opens them up to Adama more.”

“The league been very average has worked well in our favour so we’re 6th on merit at the end of the season your league position is were you deserve to be. I think what’s mainly rattled the majority of fans is that given our resources we should have been up there not worrying about the play offs but if we could manage to get one of the automatic promotion spots, its bloody annoying.”

View From Barnsley

“Shitfield United played like we normally do. And got the same result we normally do. We were best side in first half apart from a 10 minute spell in the middle, second half united came out to batter us and did for half a hour.”

“Best side first half could easily have been 3-0 up….second half deedars improved but talking like it was a massive burglary lol!…..We … are still suffering from having our team ripped apart…that side would have walked this IMO ….still they had a decent season and not over yet”

“feel we got what we deserved in the end, despite us looking out of it for 10 minutes after their second! Sheffield United were a well organised side with half decent players playing a particular system that suits them collectively. They are definitely over achieving, and i think they will struggle next season.”

“1st time we have won from a losing position this season”

“So unlike us.. its that, more than say winning 1 or 2-0. That restores a hope we can actually pull it round and stay up.. ”

“Massive win and a massive performance. ”

“delighted that chubby boy Billy didn’t bring his shooting boots today, he normally does against us.”

“Clarke was real handful”

“Always is against us, going all the way back to when he was at wednesday as a young ‘un, sithi.”

“He was on his arse knackered that last twenty minutes.”

“1-2 – Sheff Utd fans “We’re sending you down, we’re sending you down, we’re Sheff Utd, we’re sending you down”
3-2 -Barnsley fans “You’re keeping us up, you’re keeping us, you’re Sheff Utd, you’re keeping us up”. Its S**t like that makes me love us even more.”

“Good chant.Even saw a few of their fans clapping it so I’m guessing they appreciated it too.”

Pre-Match View From Barnsley

“Remember when we sent the blunts down at their place… oh how we laughed..
Well I hope our skin is on the collective thick side this Saturday .. may need to be”

“If being taunted at the game isn’t going to be bad enough, Reds supporting Radio Dee Darr listeners are in for even more. The presenters will already be salivating at the prospect of this. I certainly won’t be tuning in for the foreseeable. “

“they could get revenge for the season we sent them down and put a huge nail in our coffin.” “I think we will do really well just to get a point against a decent blunts side at the weekend but after that it’s **** or bust time….”

“I can’t see us getting anything against the Blunts on Saturday”

“we will suffer a humiliating defeat.”

“If we go 2 down on Saturday I’ll be walking out.
Of all the supporters in England they are the ones I’d least like to be facing in our situation. I can just see it now.
Could even be the last action I see this season.”

“I’m seriously worried about Saturday, I absolutely detest them as a club but unfortunately can’t see anything other than a defeat for us. To have them gloating and taking the piss will be too much especially if it gets to 2 or 3 nil.”

“If Sheff U play anything like they did against Cardiff then we’re in trouble. There energy and pressing alone will cause us major problems. Here’s hoping they have an off day. “

“They looked pretty useful against Cardiff. Have a job on to get 3 points on Saturday. Nowt new there tho”

“Cardiff were hardly impressive at oakwell. Just a thought.”

“they play the energy and pressing game that we had so much success with. Dread to think how whoever plays at left back copes with young Brookes. “

“No doubt Billy Blunt will get his annual goal against us . “

“Two wins in 25 games, both away from home, were doomed I tell you, doomed.”

“If we can get players around Kieffer Moore and he plays like he did on Friday we can win on Saturday….Its a massive game where only 3 points will do. “

“They`ll know what they`re up against and tek him art of equation early doors I would imagine.”

“My Sheffield United supporting Brother says they are more than capable of defending against players like Kieffer Moore, so the route 1 tactics probably won’t work on Saturday.”

“be a tough game Saturday , but just like a few years back , a result against the blades could turn our season”

“When we have lost to the Blunts in recent times it’s because McCabe has been paying big wages.
I think the last time we lost at home to them their centre forward was on £39.000 per week.
That’s not the case now. They have players of lesser quality than us now – if they beat us it will because they were either better organised or worked harder or both.
This game is there for Barnsley to win.”

“The only thing that gives me a bit of hope is that they need to win too and if they go for it there’s a possibility it could be an open game. I’m clutching I know.”

“Even if we were to go down anyway how desperate are we for just a little cheer, a win would be a massive lift to everyone And at least leave is with a positive memory for this season and a home win in 2018.”

“Saturdays game reminds me of when we played Hull City not so many seasons ago (was it the great escape season)? I went down to Oakwell fully expecting to lose and be put out of our misery but low and behold we beat them and there 6 thousand following 2-0.Lets hope for the same at the weekend.” “We’ve wasted gilt edged opportunities to build a gap or pull away. Only in the last few months we failed to beat a dreadful Wednesday team, failed to hold onto a lead at Hull, lost to Burton, failed to beat Norwich and Bristol at home, not to mention all the other 20 odd games before it when we haven’t gained maximum points.
I’m not sure we have 5 points left in us. And it’s unlikely Reading, Bolton and Brum will fail to pick up any more points.
We’ve been saying must win for over a month. The blunts is an absolute must win, if we don’t close that gap Saturday, i can see the last vestiges of hope leaving even the most optimistic. “

“It will be a long time before i forgive the club for the events of January 17 and this season. All that hard work 3 years ago pissed down the drain. And all the while clubs like Sheffield United & Millwall are thriving after their promotions.”

“Sheffield United spent six seasons in League 1. Do we expect to improve on their performance, especially as they had Brian the Blade?”

“I got punched in the head walking back to the train station the day we relegated them….. I didn’t have colours on and never even spoke to the bloke responsible so Christ knows why he picked on me!”

“If they go 2 0 up I’m going to put some ear plugs in and stay until the end to see if we pull it back. If we don’t I’m going to set fire to the Curry Mahal, where some of the waiters are Blunts.
After we beat Leeds in the famous January 2017 match I went in there for a curry, still on a high from the match. One of the waiters told me to stop going on about Barnsley in the presence of Blunts fans. I told him I was in my home village in my home town and I’ll celebrate what I want, and it was him who was on “away” territory. One of two other customers who were Reds fans backed me up. The t**t (there, I’ve said it) asked me to leave. His boss (Ash, for those who know him) intervened and the knob got a right telling off. My meal was free and the Blunt never bothered me again.
Might pop in on Saturday night if we win… “

“Even if we’re 5-0 down I won’t leave early, even if it means having to go home on the same train as them. After 50 years of watching us I’m immune to bad results. There are still people on here gloating about how we sent them down a few years ago when we drew 2-2 at their place even though they’d have still gone down with a win. So if they do help send us down this season they’ll just think that what comes around goes around. Call it korma. “

Loan Update: Shrewsbury Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“yet to establish themselves as a regular starter”

“Thomas came on and made an immediate impact”

“A reliable source tells me Hurst wanted to buy Thomas and take Bogle on loan. When Sheffield United wouldn’t sell Thomas, that p**sed on the chips.”

“after thomas went off we looked disjointed and the midfield looked shattered”

“He had his marker on toast”

“Great pace indeed”

“after the goal Thomas flattered to deceive”

Loan Update: Rotherham Fans Views On Caolan Lavery

“I was quite happy when we signed Palmer but not that bothered about Lavery tbh
On what I’ve seen so far I’m still happy about Palmer and think he’ll fit in nicely when he’s gets a regular 90mins (not sure if that’ll happen this season though, who do we leave out for him?)
I’ve slightly changed my mind on Lavery, he does seem hungry and does well when he comes on but can he do that for 90mins?”

“maybe its time to start with Lavery.”

“When we brought Lavery into the club I thought he was a bigger bloke, but he is the same size has Ball, but less skillful.”

“I’m not 100% convinced on Lavery yet but I think that’s just a game time issue.”

“Good player but can’t get in the team”

“Lavery was ineffective but had little service all game. Can’t remember him doing anything other than win the header that led to the goal”

“Palmer and Taylor made the most of their opportunity to play, unlike Cummings, and probably Lavery too”

“Dropping Lavery made good sense”

“Good to see Lavery get his first Millers goal, and that should boost his confidence”

“He ain’t good enough and I wouldn’t take him on a free.”