View From QPR

“Hardly forced their keeper into a save all game. Disappointing.”

“The whole performance was just drab. Limited their chances but created nothing ourselves at all. Literally nothing. Not one serious chance.”

“We were second best all day, got what we deserved. #### all. “

“We had a collective inferiority complex”

“For not one misplay, this was a nil-nil draw. Despite not getting the results, and not having any efforts upfront, there’s a lot to like about today’s performance.”

“a draw would’ve been fair, last season we would have got turned over big time, we’re improving no doubt, dust off and go again”

“Dull game. No real chances other than the goal for either side. Eze looked good but had to get the ball from his own half most of the time. “

“they were there for the taking in my opinion. We just didn’t seem to click today”

“Blades up to 2nd place now but they are not good enough to stay there… “

“We aren’t tough or robust enough. When we do put ourselves about we aren’t very good at it and get bookings for really lame fouls. At least take someone down properly if you are going in the book. Sheffield at the top and another team that look nothing like decent enough.”

“This ref was exactly what United needed to play that type of match, they really didn’t overly impress me today, we were dreadful, some of that has to do with the ref and the way United were allowed to play though!”

“United fouled us cleverly very early so we couldn’t counterattack. They did not even get yellow cards! When we did manage to break our passing was too late”

“I´m sick and tired of the fouls when a team tries to counter. Manchester City are the worst culprits in the PL, but I´m pretty sure Sheffield United have a comparable statistic in the Championship. Crap game”

“The ref was awful.”

“Funny how when we are not winning there is only 3 minutes extra-time and their keeper is aloud to take all the time in the world. “

“Shape was excellent, work-rate never dipped, defence excellent and ref did us no favours in stopping one break away to book one of theirs. He should have booked at least five Sheff Utd players for cynical pullbacks but only once our breaks had been allowed to build up (where possible). ”

“Our captain could’ve done more to get in front of McG. Beside that one effort it was a level match”

“we were facing a very solid team today. McGoldrick again showed why he’s a cut above everyone else out there. “

“It’s amazing how McGoldrick always scores against us!”

“Going down 1-0 away to Sheff Utd is not a bad result by any stretch. We were in the game for 90 minutes. I can’t believe the unbelievable season we are having considering the state our club has been in! ”

“The fact that we are disappointed we didn’t get a result away from home against a team going for automatic promotion speaks volumes… ”

“Sheffield Utd are a top side, so today was always going to be tough”

“Many a team have been ripped apart at Bramal Lane, so a 1-0 defeat isn’t that bad.
Good side playing well. ”

“No shame in losing to this lot. 2nd in the table.”

“Expect them to be in the mix for promotion”

“We were quite competitive against a good Sheff Utd side”

No shame losing to this Sheffield Utd. They really impressed today. Still we gave them a good game. “

“We weren’t at the races today but we also restricted a strong automatic promotion chasing side to very little on their own patch, so that’s a positive to take away. Really liked Bramall Lane as well. Another ground ticked off the list.”

Pre-Match View From QPR

“Sheffield United are sitting just outside the automatic promotion spots and have a number of really good looking scalps already this season. So how good are they?
We know that their second string were not good enough to beat non-league Barney. In fact they didn’t really put up much of a fight and Barney well deserved their win. But that was the second string and they will likely be well up for Saturday. I haven’t paid much attention to them this season ( or any season, TBH) so I’d be interested to hear from someone who has been paying attention as to whether they are the real deal?”

“Not good enough to beat a giant purple dinosaur!
Perhaps it was just a bad hair day – Dodgy Barnet?”

“They are a good side who should make the playoffs this season, them losing to Barnet last week won’t do us any favours as you’d expect a big reaction from them but they are not unbeatable and if we defend like we have in recent weeks then every chance we can frustrate them”

“I don’t think, reading Chris Wilder, that ANY of the 11 that played in the FA Cup will play v us.”

“I hope we get a clear offside goal and a very debatable penalty in a 2-1 win….”

“Would take a point now”

“Gonna be a real tough one this. They’re very good going forward. I fear a loss but hope for a dogged draw.”

“Tough game this and I’d take a point now all day long. Washington has gone something like 12 games for Sheffield United without a goal too so you know the inevitible game of his life is on the cards.”

“Most of Washingtons appearances have been as sub so unlikely to start. Utd have been off the boil lately”

“If Sheff Utd are off the boil I’d hate to play them when they’re bubbling!”

“Our defence are gonna play the mother of games.”

“Not so sure they’re as good as people think they are? Would like to think we’re organised to get something, but you just know Washing up is going to score, couldn’t hit a cows ar$e with a banjo for us but you know it’s coming”

“Id take a draw but certainly think weve got every chance of turning them over”

“I am baffled at where they are in the table and their position gives me hope we may indeed scrape into the play off places.
I didn’t think much to them when they beat us in that early season game. They must be doing something right but I will be disappointed if we finish below them this season.”

“A team that has Leon Clarke and Connor Washington up front. Throw in Big Pat Agyemang and they’re almost sporting the QPR fans choice of the w@nkiest attack ever… “

“They have Billy Sharpe, very successful goalscorer.
Clarke has done well for them over a couple of years.
Washington, I wouldn’t expect to start but if they are wanting a change late in the game he could come on and we will all be hoping he doesn’t make us choke on our opinions of him.
A well organised, tough battling team, not unbeatable but we will have to match their effort them to get anything.”

“Clarke has a knack for scoring against us. I remember him scoring a hat trick against us at Bramall Lane what seems like many years ago. In fact, how’s he even still playing at this level?!”

“Thought Clarke got a bum deal when down here, in a very good side but mostly played wide which didn’t suit him.”

“15-1 to us,
just for the utd fans browsing this on their forum via link”

“I actually applaud them for not being like the usual and most club forums of throwing insults about at our club and fanbase. They seem like a good bunch who are just happy to be going along for the ride and happy with how they are doing just like we are. We’ve both been good and bad in the past and it’s good to see fans happy that they are doing well, not getting too much ahead of themselves. They also recognise that anyone up there at this stage is worthy of being there and that anything can happen.”

Loan Updates

All in all, December wasn’t great month for the Blades out on loan. Sam Graham is back at United following a disappointing spell at Oldham, along with Jordan Hallam who only started 3 games for Chesterfield due to injury. Ben Heneghan has also been injured as have Ricky Holmes and Samir Carruthers at Oxford United. Regan Slater is fit but didn’t start a game over the Christmas period and he isn’t featured here either.

Fleetwood Fans Views On Ched Evans

“Did not get a sniff but like Madden worked hard and worked hard defensively too.”

“Like Madden worked his socks off and was cool as ice when it came to the penalty in front of the loud away support. Another good shift.” “Won the penalty and the coolest man in Highbury to slot home the subsequent spot-kick.”

“He will get at least 20 this season”

“16 I reckon, Madden 20”

“I actually think our front 3 are having a great season, Evans and Madden are class acts along with Hunter”

Barrow Fans Views On Rhys Norrington-Davies

“Norrington-davies was immense”

“Norrington-Davies might be more likely to break through at Sheffield United than Smith”

“He’s got a real chance of being a top, top player.”

“Man Of The Match today”

“Superb cross for the goal”

“Norrington Davies has got to stop that cross coming in, instead he gives the player space to deliver the cross”

Notts County Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“I think he’s improving every game. After showing occasional glimpses of his quality earlier in the season, he seems to be backing it up with some work ethic.”

“Possibly his best game in a Notts shirt. Big threat going forward but worked harder off the ball than I’ve seen, typified by his pressing which led to the second goal. Not been a fan but no qualms about him starting when he plays like this. Great work for the penalty.”

“Thomas closed down and harried all game which made a massive difference to his all round game and us. He’s probably on the ball for around four minutes in the game so it’s crucial to physically get in oppositions face for the other eighty six minutes and to try and have some effect with the ball for those brief moments. Today he did and if he keeps it up as part of that front three we won’t have to defend deep for large spells of the game.”

“I found Thomas to be quite frustrating at times”

“Thomas has shown flashes of skill.”

“With 1 goal from about 60 shots, he must have set a new low for chance conversion so at least he’s had an impact.”

“I sometimes wonder what would happen if we had another winger who was a better version of Thomas”

“Thomas is dreadful, he missed a one on one today that would have saved us.”

“waste of a wage. Looses the ball, hides when we are in possession.”

“Thomas in-particular endured an awful cameo, blazing one decent chance over and twice giving it away in key areas.”

“Well you might as well brought me on. A very genorous 1/10”

“Send him back”

“Frustrating as he is, I’d keep him until the end of the season”

Queen Of The South Fans Views On Callum Semple

“Came to the club when we needed a CB urgently.
Has been fantastic from his trial game against Hearts to the result of our season so far at Inverness today.
Strong, Calm, excellent in the air and on the floor.
28 appearances and over 2000 minutes played. A successful loan signing if ever there was one and let’s hope we have forged a good relationship with Sheffield United to attract further loan players.
Will follow his career with interest.”

“Absolutely, a terrific loan signing and complete success. The boy is as strong as an ox but he will need to be up against some of those giant forwards down south..Comes from Scottish parentage so might be capped for Scotland even if it’s at least the under 21’s.”

“He’s never put a single foot wrong since he’s been here. Young lad and slotted into this level looking like he’s played for years. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

“Sheffield United are third in the English Championship only 4 points off the top. This team would be extremely difficult to get into at the moment. I reckon going onto another loan at a higher level than us is probably correct”

“Both Callum and Queens certainly gained from his loan spell with us and I wish him all the best for the rest of his career wherever he may finally end up. Hopefully he does not go back to Sheffield simply to warm the bench as that would surely be a waste for this talented prospect.”

Bury Fans Views On Caolan Lavery 

“Was really good – showed intent and an eye for goal. The silver lining in today’s grey cloud!”

“Bang goes the myth that he wasn’t going to play a part thus season once back from injury.  Could be just what we need as we reach the stage where the squad needs refreshing.”

“Excellent today. “

“Really impressed with Lavery. Quickly got into the game, looked lively, found space and took his goals well. A contrast to the gutless, aimless display given by both Byron Moore and Nicky Maynard.”

“Lavery is one of those players that is in the right place at the right time. Good work rate throughout.”

“Lavery is a useful player but he does his best work on the floor. However, he is a good option in the closing stages of games.”

“Lavery is a good option and think he will be vital if we are to sustain a promotion push.”

Cardiff and Bolton Fans Views On Gary Madine

Cardiff Fans

“Would be a great move for him, us and Sheffield Utd if this came off. It hasn’t quite happened for him here as yet but I think a spell on loan would work wonders for him and if he does come back to us could prove the answer for the rest of his career. I hope so as I do like him. ”

“agree and a loan move would be spot on IMHO, as it gives the lad an opportunity to get back in the groove and any decision on his expensive future can be left to the summer when we will know in which league we will be playing in next season. Don’t recall anyone form inside the club questioning his commitment or attitude either? “

” Gary Madine would be a good signing for Sheffield United. He’s only been crap at Cardiff because Cardiff were a crap club for him. It was a terrible fit and he was doomed to fail

“would rather zohore been shipped out over madine ppl slate madine but he still outscored zohore last season”

“Outscored our top striker at club says a lot really if madine is that bad then whats zohore then apart from being overrated whats he scored 9 in about 45-50 games”

” Zohore can actually score more goals in open play than Madine. If you take away Madine’s 10 yrd penalty’s he only scored about 6 goals. I don’t disagree that Zohore has been poor over the last year but at least he’s shown potential to be a very good striker when he was ripping up championship defenders for fun. Madine has shown no potential what so ever.”

“Good luck to him, it’s not his fault we paid so much for him. “

“Im sure Sheffield United are just signing him because he won a flick on to assist Pilkington’s goal against them last season. Glad he’s going and hopefully we can recruit 1-2m”

“Can have him for free. I’ll even deliver him myself”

“Don’t tell me we’ve managed to shift Gary Madine goal machine off the payroll”

“Gary Madine………goal machine……… not, lower champ or div 1 at best”

“Been an absolute disaster never looked like scoring”

” I think Gary Madine is a striker for a lower to mid Championship side. He made nil impact for us chasing promotion last season and I would be surprised if is a much different story at Sheff U but certainly wish him well.”

“Gary Madine has scored more goals against Cardiff than for us last year”

“How the fu…. did we pay all that money for him. Got to be a confidence thing????”

“Gary Madine is the biggest waste of shit to wear a cardiff shirt send that prick back to bolton on a free”

“Bolton absolutely fleeced us for Gary Madine, right up there with the worst City signings in my lifetime”

“it seems like he was bought after a good game away to Bolton. £6M is 5.5 too much.”

“Turning down £15m for Zohore a year ago… Signing Madine for £6m in January… Not signing a striker this summer… Calamitous…”

“£2m initial fee was about right really”

“Found wanting at this level”

“Gary Madine is unfortunately not of the requisite standard to play Premier League football – not fair to ask him”

“On the evidence of what I saw last season it is questionable he is Championship standard.”

“Don’t stick him on pens”

“He’s terrible”

“He’s awful. Nothing about the guy at all”

“He’s a prick”


Bolton Fans

“As if Madine is going Sheffield United 2 years after calling Billy Sharp a fat bastard”

“Seriously? Of all the places I thought Gaz would pitch up on loan this month, Sheff Utd were pretty low on the list.”

“Big fat Billy might want a quiet word”

“going to be awkward.”

“He was different class for us in L1 promotion year & in a terrible team in the first half of last season. Is he match fit? Hardly played a game second half of last season for Cardiff and same so far this season. Good signing for Sheff Utd”

“I’m becoming a Sheffield fan fuck this”

“Sheff Utd are in/famous for bringing through jewels and selling them off (Jones, and too many others to mention) before then reclaiming discarded former rising stars who never quite made it and were cast into the waste bin, to replace the gold they’ve sold.
Time after time after time they do it. “

“He was our most important player”

“I’d take him back any day if the opportunity came for him to return to us. Maybe if we wasn’t in such a mess financially we may have been able to compete.”

“I miss Gary Madine”

“I miss watching Madine swear at any person who even looks at him”

“If we could have get Madine for the rest of the season we’re safe. A small investment compared to the cost of going down to L1.”

“Without the washing machine we would be League One without a doubt”

“Just saying we’ve been spiralling since we sold Madine”

“THANK YOU GARY MADINE. The run of form, the goals, the money we managed to get which kept us alive”

“Yes and thanks to Cardiff city being mad enough”

“Never his biggest fan but he’s knuckled down and got himself sorted.”

“Thank God we didn’t get him back”

“He’s shite”

View From Barnet

“One of the best results in the club’s history.”

“My best moment in 25 years following the bees get in there”

“Our greatest FA Cup moment. The only other 2nd division side we’ve beaten in the FA Cup was Colchester Utd in 2007 but that was at home and the Blades are a much bigger club.”

“The best experience supporting Barnet since winning the Conference in 2005. Well done the team, the management team and 996, now voiceless, members of the Beearmy. COYBs !”

“Am ecstatic !!! So happy for everyone at the club, we’ve had such a horrible few years….and now this”

“Actually crazy, like wtf. Non league beating a team that could potentially be prem next season.”

“We were composed, kept our shape superbly and attacked with no little flair. Cousins didn’t have that much to do apart from that amazing save at the end.”

“Brilliant performance. Totally matched them and kept calm and held our shape throughout. Showed great composure to keep the ball and didn’t resort to time wasting tactics. Wow. Awesome performance.”

“Just for the record, I don’t care that Chris Wilder made 10 changes for this game & that his and Sheff Utd’s priority is obviously promotion to the Premier League. Barnet are wallowing mid-table in the Conference & they are on verge of Premier League millions. AND we were away”

“84 places between us and the Blades!”

“Sheffield have only lost once to non league and that was to Altrincham so in their fans words has the potential to be the most embarrassing in their history.”

“What a fantastic performance from start to finish. So glad we came. Nice touch to see some Blades fans clapping the Barnet team off.”

“Class from the Sheffield United fans for the credit they are giving Barnet! Best of luck for the rest of the season”

“Fair play to all at Sheffield United. Just weren’t up for it on the day. All the best for the rest of the season. Hope to see them in the Prem next season. It’s just the magic of the cup”

Pre-Match View From Barnet

“A team with premiership pedigree Sheffield will present a stern challenge and it is hoped they will rest some players giving us a chance to pull off an upset.
Made famous by the film “when Saturday comes” a love letter by Sean Bean to his beloved blades. Here is hoping our Sharpe shooters are ready to take advantage of any opportunity which arises and we will not be left with a stark result.”

“Sheffield United are one of the bigger clubs in the country. Better than Fulham, Brentford away.
It’s a good tie. It’s not as if we’ve ever rubbed shoulders with them competitively.
All cup ties are winnable…there’s a chance”

“A big club who we’ve never ever played before, at their place, which is one of the big historic football grounds situated in one of our more interesting cities. Plus, there’s the Currie connection. What’s not to like?”

“The cup is all about tradition. Sheffield Utd have more Division 1 pedigree than Bournemouth, Wigan, Watford etc. and are a bigger club, but because they are not in PL fans are moaning.”

“Only a win at Sheffield United can act as a gloss on this disappointing season.”

“The good news is that very few Championship sides take the FA Cup seriously so there’s a good chance they’ll field a reserve side.”

“If Sheffield United rest a few players we might not get stuffed on Sunday.”

“Theoretically, if United were to field a weakened team, which they almost certainly will, our chances may not be so low.
The league has to be a priority for them, and this is an important stage if they want promotion. Not sure they’d fancy the extra hassle of the FA Cup, and certainly won’t be starting Billy Sharp.
So they field a weakened team and they’re left with a fairly young/unfancied squad that isn’t much better than low League One standard… a la Bristol Rovers… who we beat.”

“Their first choice strikeforce is starting to click. Basham and Sharp have been scoring in recent games.
But this is the sort of fixture where we could frustrate them even if they do field a strong XI.”

“I had a dream yesterday that we went 2-0 up and left them shell-shocked at half time. Then it was backs to the wall defending, We conceded one to set up a grandstand finish. Then the baby woke me up at 5am…

“I saw them win at reading easily so expect them to score freely against us.”

“We will do well vs sheffield, deserve better, lose”

“We’ll lose and they’re such a boring side”

“Another crap draw. No chance of getting through and no glamour or money to be made from playing Sheffield Utd. Why do we never get Arsenal, Tottenham or Chelsea?It’s always a zero interest Northern or West Country side. Boring.”

“A boring and difficult tie! Magic of the cup and all that….”

“Fantastic atmosphere at Sheffield Utd so a great day out I’m sure.” “Proper stadium with proper fans.”

“The Chip butty song is very catchy but I doubt they’ll sing it unless we can take the lead or there’s a large crowd.”

“I thought I would check their attendances & was very disappointed to see their Carabao cup attendance of 6300 vs Hull earlier this season. League attendances ranging from 23-30k though. “

“Bramall Lane is a ground with plenty of character looking at the design. Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, Leon Clarke up front………. Hillsborough was just eerie and had a horrible feeling of what had happened five years before when I went in 1994.”

“5 club coaches will be making the trip oop north for our first ever visit to Brammall Lane”

“5 coaches is quite something for us these days. Well done to all those going up there and here’s hoping we can do what we did at Bristol Rovers. Stay in the game, soak up a bit of pressure and maybe nick something we can hang on to.”

“Sheffield United have been good with the prices”

“I’m impressed that Season Ticket holders & membership holders get a discount on their matchday tickets, we should do that for our cup ties.”

“Over 500 tickets sold so far.”

View From Wigan

“Was outplayed by the best team I’ve seen at the Dw this season”

“May take some stick for this but I don’t think there was much in the two teams today (and stats agree). A few key moments and a severe lack of confidence killed us. Sheff Utd reminded me of our Roberts and Ellington days, 442 with two awesome forwards”

“glad I walked out absolutely shocking we have heavy artillery but it’s on the bench and our only defensive midfielder was taken off and from then on they ripped us apart no disrespect to sheff Utd they were a great team” “Apart from the tactics, work ethic, game plan, movement, quality and chances there was nothing between the teams.”

“Difficult to know where to start analysing that debacle. For starters I’ve experienced more atmosphere at a funeral. I guess we’ve all seen the film before and knew what was coming.”

“We can say all we want about the opposition but look at what a mess Sheffield were in 3 years ago when they were mid table in L1. They hired a lower league manager and their current squad is made up of a lot of players we could’ve potentially / realistically had on a free or for cheap over the past few years so they aren’t like a Villa or West Brom with Prem players and parachute money we can’t compete with. Sheffield just have a good positive system that plays to their strengths and they’ve recruited smartly in exactly what they needed in every position to make it all work. They aren’t a crazy expensive team filled with big name super stars we could never have hoped to get here, they are just a great example of what a club like ours can aspire to if we can get it right – especially on tge recruitment front. Easier said than done but it is proof that you don’t have to spend a kings ransom finding good players who can compete at this level if you have a good eye for talent.”

“Sheffield were hungrier, better fitness levels. solid shape, higher up the pitch and fully deserved their win. We did not create a single chance from open play. Aside from a spill from their keeper.”

“Watching Sheffield play today gives us an idea where we need to be.
I don’t think they were at their best but they were a million miles ahead of us and our bumbled efforts.”

“a team very low on confidence played a team very high on confidence the result says it all if Evans would have stuck that chance away could have been a different performance not saying we would have won like” “We should’ve had Fleck on a free when we went up under Caldwell as Sheff U were only L1 and we were Championship – he was clearly a good player worth taking on a Bosman from seeing him in L1. He was one of the lads i hoped we’d go for along with Dack. “

“The fact that Sheff Utd signed Fleck for a free transfer and Norwood for cheaper than Evans says it all about how far behind our recruitment is. “ .”A player that was promoted with Brighton, then Fulham and now pushing again with Sheffield united is surely worth more then 1 million. “

“Sheffield will pay 1.98 million for Norwood, basically 2million which is a steal for a player of his experience and quality”

“Lots of poor performances, Evans was woeful, even though he created our best two chances. Took one corner in the entire game at the 85th minute, also the chance in the first half after he won a tackle high up the pitch then reacted before 3 Sheffield defenders and put it wide from close range. With Egan most likely blocking it if it was on target, still a very poor miss. Not too mention his close range passing was very poor. Worst game for us in all of his time here. “

“If the great Lee Evans who everyone wants in the side wasn’t inept then we would have been 1 up.”

“Walton was abysmal again as was Evans and Roberts.”

“We have a lack of confidence. Its clear. Evans missing and Walton being shite are not Cooks fault.”

“They scored 1 in the first half they scored 2 in the second, it’s how football goes sometimes! Or according to some! The set up today was poor and we created fuck all bar one really bad miss from a player who was so far up the field he had a nose bleed!”

Pre-Match View From Wigan

“Sheffield United next so that will be 1 win in 14 great going the team and cook. Laugh a minute this”

“This is a must win game for Paul Cook and his coaching staff and I’d like to see us take the game to Sheffield and give them something to worry about instead of the cautious approach we’ve had of late. A loss could well see action from the owners to change the coaching set up. Ultimately its all about results and we are not winning enough to stay in this division at presents.”

“4th place up next. I’d take a point, supported by a decent performance right now. I’d also take a win, not justified by a shite performance…….. as it wouldn’t be detrimental in the long run. I’m just amazed that folk didn’t expect this season to realistically be a bit of a struggle. ”

“We did but we were all expecting our sides whoever is selected to go out and play an attacking positive game as promised by Paul Cook at the begining of the season.”

“Of course it was at times going to be a struggle thing is the majority of struggles have been self inflicted due to the negative tactics employed by the manager since the gubbing at Preston.
The change yesterday first half was a welcome last roll of the dice IMO.
Once the advantage had been gained the bottle seemed to go and was then compounded by questionable subs
Only upside is we didnt lose. If we had carried on being positive and claimed 3 points confidence and mood would have changed as it is any side who have a go at us are likely to prosper.”

“I think what is surprising is that after playing so well following our tactical switch against Derby, we haven’t carried on in the same way (with 11 players obviously). I would go the same way on Tuesday as we need to have the extra man in midfield against Sheffield to limit the supply to their lively front two”

“the Swansea manager apologised to Fans for getting his tactics wrong in the first half which played into our hands. The second half was Swanseas after he rectified his error, SU wont make the same mistake, for this one, our players will have to work their backsides off for us to get a point, there again lady luck could be on our side for this one.”

“maybe a 5-5-0 for this one. Hopefully we just sit on the nil-nil from the off, play plenty sideways and backwards passes and the big boot to no bugger up top. No doubt that would be the right way to play rather than just go at them from the off.”

“From what I’ve seen Sheffield play variation of a 3-4-3 with the wing backs attacking like wingers and the left and right centre half acting like full backs. They play a system bit like what we did in that 4 month epic spell under Roberto when we went from garbage to world beaters almost over night but instead of having the left and right of the front wide they play more of a triangle with a main pairing and one behind. So i think the 4-1-4-1 we used in the first half against Swansea would be a sensible way to go as they are very fluid in their shape so we will need to control the midfield if we want to have any hope of getting a result.”

“If the deal hasn’t gone through for Lee Evans can we pull out of the deal, save our money and get someone better.”

“I thought it was a deal worth more than a million. That said they seem delighted they’re getting that amount. Can’t say I’ve been overly impressed this season myself, no better than max power in all honesty.”

“He’s too slow”  

“It doesn’t help Evans being paired with Sam Morsy in midfield as I’ve seen oil tankers turn faster than them both.”

“Sharp to break the all time English goals record.”

“Billy Sharp will break his record on New Years Day”

“Do the Sheff Utd fans not sing Billy Sharp to the tune of Baby Shark?”

“Chris Basham being sent off for Sheff united will help us”

View From Blackburn

” On the plus side, we don’t have to play Sheffield Utd again in the league this season.. “

“Sheff utd were one of my picks to go up this season – and nothing I saw today changed my mind. And honestly, I hope they do go up. Just because if we’re gonna get dicked 3-0, at least it was to a team that got promoted…”

” At the end of the day, we’ve just played the top two in the Championship and the best team to visit Ewood this season. It was always gonna be tough. “

“They are top of the league for a reason”

” If Ben Brereton is worth £7 Million then what is Billy Sharp worth? A quality striker and the difference today. “

” Sure as the sun sets. Sharp scores”

” The one quality striker on the pitch and he makes the difference. What do we do leave our best striker on the bench, start the dud Brereton and are now playing without a striker.”

“God 3-0, that’s a drubbing from the position we were in. When I checked and saw 0-0 and an extra man, I had a feeling we would win 1-0. Christ this is getting annoying ”

“We cant defend leads in 90th min. We cant even score against 10 men, We have no ideas how to attack 10 men even when we have 11 men. The mentality in the team is so wrong. “

“We have an advantage, do nothing with it, and then everything falls apart. Our results are becoming all too predictable. “

” Today’s game in a nutshell. 11v11 comfortable. 10v11 well in control. 10v10 imploded. Serious Lack of confidence in the squad when we concede”

” I stand by mowbray did the right thing today regarding the line up. I haven’t seen the game so no comment there but players had a chance today and blew it. Whether down to tactics, substitutions, player quality or desire to surrender like that is not acceptable. A loss was virtually inevitable , to lose by that margin something drastic is wrong. “

“No team when 0-0 Against 10 men should lose by 3 goals and counting. Not even amateurs. Shocking. “

” Against 10 men again and we play for a point. Any other side would go for it. Getting boring now. Constant negative tactics.”

  “Constant passing at the back ain’t gonna worry Sheffield”

” 70 minutes of solid hard work undone in under 15 minutes. Terrifying thing about Rovers is the speed with which we collapse. “

“Pathetic, weak group of players & manager. Thick as pig shit the lot of them. “

” We had that game there for us and then we ended up bottling it. “

” Weird game. First half I thought was 1000% better than the stale old shite we’ve been watching since the QPR game. Smallwood was having a great game, Travis and Reed were providing the urgency we usually lack in midfield and Rothwell and Palmer were inventive on either flank. Without unduly threatning Brereton looked a very mobile outlet and at half time I was very happy. Second half the worst thing that could have happened was them going down to ten. We seemed to lose all our urgency and started to knock the ball out aimlessly sideways and backwards as is our wont. Still no major need to panic at that stage though. However I thought the manager got the subs completely wrong. If he was bringing  Brereton off, Graham needed to come on and taking Palmer off was really harsh as he’d had a good game I thought. Armstrong came on and started on the right wing then floated about a bit and barely touched the ball. With Dack dropping deep the changes left us a goal down and no-one up front. “

“Mowbray went with a brave team who took the game to Sheffield United and then made unnecessary changes. You would think we were at man down at some point in that game such was the capitulation. We went from being in control to an absolute hammering and it was the result of the changes. “

“We seemed to have held our own, they were down to 10 men. Smallwood, and woeful substitutions (again), have done for us. “

” Can we be anymore pedestrian in possession. Never a red card, ref was dying to even it up. “

“I’d like to see the sending off again. Smallwood may have gone in slightly studs up but it was a split second thing and the referee who’d been getting the bird off the crowd couldnt seem to wait to pull a red out and even it up. “

“Watched our red two or three times – some matches it wouldn’t even be a yellow (especially when you consider earlier Sheff Utd challenges). However Smallwood is stupid to give the referee the opportunity – which you could tell he had been waiting for by the speed he got his card out (good referees give themselves time to process what they have seen).

“He dived in to a stupid tackle that he didnt really need to make taking both one of their players and Bennett out ”

” Smallwoods ridiculous challenge was clearly meant as revenge on Sharp for his foul on Travis moments earlier. Given how Travis was banished from the team after his stupid sending off last season, I’d hope the same is applied to Smallwood. “

“Totally unbelievable.  Smallwood damn fool. “

” if Smallwood hadn’t got himself sent off today, we would have definitely only lost by 2.”

” Joe Rothwell in the last 2 games: Leeds away – His lazy clearance invited more unnecessary pressure which led to the winner Sheff Utd away – Dived in the box which allowed them to counter and score their second Can’t say I’m a huge fan yet “

” Dean Henderson’s still a monumental bellend”

” Thinking of the two Sheffields, I much prefer the Wednesday one… “

Forest and Everton Fans Views On Kieran Dowell

Forest Fans

“Looked so disinterested and half arsed…kid thought he made it in half a season in the Championship”

” Perhaps ran out of steam was to be expected the championship is a hard slog “

“The kid clearly has something I’m not disputing that but I guess his attitude isn’t all what it’s made out to be comes across that he’s sulking cause his name isn’t first on the team sheet any more if that’s the case he won’t go far”

” Not really good enough for a PL or upper CH club really. He has talent, but not the physicality or pace to be able to use it really. No use being able to pass the ball like a machine or do 54 kickups in a minute if you’re going to get muscled out by a danny shittu type centre back. “

” He goes against everything we’ve changed for the better, he didnt press from the front, weak mentally & physically & disappeared consistently in the latter stages of his time here. He’s not a Karanka player. “

“Poor mans Carvalho, without the proactivity & work rate. Think we’ve moved on a level from Dowell”

” Not convinced. Carvalho might look busy but Dowell, despite looking clunky, was good where it mattered most.I’d take him back”

“Did nothing after Warburton went – maybe he just can’t click under Karanka? It’s unfortunate but it happens sometimes ”

“We have struggled all season to get out when pinned in, the best ways to get out are a wide player carry the ball 50 yards or you win cheap freekicks that allow you to get out. Like him or loath him, he would be useful for the final 5 months of the season. “

” His languid play will suit a team who play around him, much like Wigan for example, who will carry a player like Nick Powell. Carry is perhaps the wrong term. But they will play around him and let him coast with the knowledge he can produce moments.”

“He looks like a quality player from 20 years ago, not sure you can get away with his current lack off aggression and phsyicality in the top leagues now”

” Enitrely disagree. Best player on the park in Engerland U21’s recent 5-1 win over Denmark. He was surrounded by dirge when he was here, most of whom were not on his wavelength. Admittedly his form dipped when things got toxic and he was seen as a luxury player but the lads class. “

“last season he was burnt out by the end of January as he played far too much football and for the full 90”

“he was the bees knees not long ago”

“I think Dowell’s first few months at Forest were much more impressive than Carvalho’s, plus he was a year younger. Got turned into a scapegoat in the 2nd half of the season a bit prematurely when he had his first wobble.”

“extremely talented and if he gets back to his best he would be brilliant”

“Good player is Dowell”

“If I had to pick one of the McKay, Tomlin and Dowell triumvirate to have back it would be Dowell as I think the raw talent is there with him”


Everton Fans

“Seen little-to-nothing to suggest he’s good enough for the Premier League and Silva hasn’t used him since he stunk the gaff out in the League Cup.
Championship looked to be his level last year.”

“He hasn’t taken his chances. In fact he froze last time against Southampton. He needs to be moved on.”

” It is annoying, he will probs do well, get loads of goals and assists but too young to do it here yet. Will leave and then either disappear into the league or come back to haunt us. “

“Good move, decent team challenging for promotion who play attacking football. “

“Good move. If he impresses there, he might have the confidence to trouble our first team next year. Alternatively, if he does well and they get promoted, they can loan him for next year too and he gets a year of PL experience.
If neither happens and he’s garbage, probably get rid. “

“Along with Holgate and Calvart-Lewin, not good enough for this level”

“Last year at Forest he was shunted onto the left and the goals dried up and performances dipped. “

“To be fair to the lad, he slotted 10 in 43 for Nottingham Forest.
That’s not too far away from James Maddison’s record for Norwich. “

“i’m a huge fan but I have no qualms if he is moved on. Ultimately, these lads have to force their way into the managers thoughts. Lookman has, Dowell hasn’t. It’s the way things work. “

“I like the lad, I think he’s got plenty of talent it’s just a matter of fitting him in at the right time”

“such a bizarre case dowell, the first 6 months at forest last season he was arguably the championships best player, scoring loads of goals, fans loved him then karanka goes in charge and changes the football to ultra defensive leaving no room for dowell ( luxury player in he ) could have kicked on so much if that blurt karanka never took over he probably would have finished the season on 20 goals last season and got a premiership loan move”

“Odd one because I think he’s got the talent but he just doesn’t seem to want to get involved in games when he does feature. “

“He seems lost mentally. Sometimes when players get discouraged they never recover. Let’s hope that is not the case”