“Here’s where our unbeaten home run ends. Two people who are very much disliked here in Duffy and Knill returning and Sharp to an extent spell disaster. Sheff United were also the last team to beat us at home so it would make sense if they did it again, not optimistic about this one.”
“The only team to put us under any significant pressure this season for large periods of a game has been Wimbledon and we stood up to that pretty well. I would say Daniels, Mirfin and Wallace are going to be put under a lot more scrutiny this weekend but I have every confidence we can come through it.Coming through unscathed, i.e a clean sheet would be a significant marker for me and would show that we can defend as well against the better teams in the league. A win really would be the cherry on the cake to top off a great start. I don’t think we have anything to fear in Sheffield United, but remembering years gone by their fans can really play a part and almost suck the ball into the net. Hopefully our fans are up for it.Really looking forward to it actually.”
“I’m over the moon with the free flowing start, better than i’d have hoped pre season,but,something has become apparent over the last two matches. Dawson and Bishop in midfield kind of hold their position and it’s almost as if Alexander has instructed the front four to do their thing and them two stay put. The problem is, when the front four are misfiring and we need a spark from one of the two central midfielders to kick start them, the problems start arising. I like Bishop don’t get me wrong,but,as soon as Mantom get’s fitter, i’d stick him in, or else what happened against the Shrews and Charlton will happen way more often.”
“Keeper and centre backs dealing with what is coming at them. The fullbacks are doing their job very effectively. Harry Toffolo not as adventurous as Conor T – yet ! But he has settled quickly.Dawson & Bishop are more of holding midfielders leaving the other 2 to get up and down with Madden & Van Veen. Prefer to see the 2 strikers closer together – more able to use
flick ons etc. But after 8 games who would have said we will be top ??
So perspective has to be maintained.”
“I think the last two games have been a little bit of a reality check. We are a good side and we will do well this season but unfortunately the expectations have been raised with those two thumping wins. We are not going to thump every team that visit Glanford Park although I’m convinced Southend and Gillingham will not be the last.When we are not quite on our game, results like last night can obviously seem a little disappointing but you have to step back and look at the bigger picture. We have picked up four points from the last two and go into a derby two points clear at the top towards the end of September . I’m sure we’d have all been delighted with if we’d have been offered that before we started, but we also have to be careful and ensure that we do not fall back into the way of playing under Robins etc. That said I don’t think Alexander will tolerate it and hopefully a win on Saturday will put a smile back on everyones faces.”
“I’m sure sheff United also line up with a 3-5-2 formation so hopefully Alexander is quick to react because billy sharp won’t need asking twice to smash one home in front of the DRE. “