Blades 1-0 Brentford
“Out-clogged today by an agricultural set-piece team. Even first half in which SUFC looked threatening from corners but struggled to string three passes together, whilst we swanned all over the pitch knowing we were the better side but not really showing it – a lingering habit from our games against lower half opposition last season. Conceded from one such set piece and looked vulnerable to the hoof.
Second half we were camped in their half but SUFC are a well organised team and defended manfully. We hit the underside of the bar and then missed the 2 yard follow up, they hit the post from free kick and the scored follow up was offside.
Ultimately we had two and and half times the amount of shots on target and 60% of the possession, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Nine times out of ten we win that game, but this was the one we lost.
Good luck for the rest of the season SUFC fans – until we meet again – but playing a little actual football wouldn’t hurt, would it.”
“that was kind of poor – too many hopeful forward balls for my liking. Not helped by a referee who enabled all their niggly pushing and shoving. Guess we need to bed all these new players in. SU not the footballing side they pretend to be, and I believe will struggle.”
“we got a little bullied out of the game between 20 and 60 mins, ref should have stepped in but didn’t.”
“Feck me that ref was awful! Sheff U allowed to tackle and niggle like a div 2 team. Their keeper taking the piss from goal kicks.
Game one – big occasion for the Blades – always going to be a tough one. Frustrating but when we play we really play some nice stuff. Another day our chances go in. We played a little deep at times. Their baldy head Macca lookalike did well for large spells.”
“Sheffield United were well organised and physical…and got relatively lucky with their goal.”
“Probably the toughest game we could have had on opening day. Shame we couldn’t get a point, but Sheffield United worked hard and put 9 men behind the ball for the last 10 minutes and we couldn’t break them down.”
“That wasn’t great but it wasn’t all bad either. I thought we started okay but they had tremendous commitment and endeavour and bossed much of the first-half. Vibe, although he had a couple of decent efforts, hardly got a look in and Jozefzoon was very disappointing. O’Connell looked a bit of a donkey at the centre of their defence but he won pretty much every challenge. We could have been dead and buried early in the second half, especially when Egan sliced that clearance halfway across the pitch and almost gifted them a chance, but once the substitutions had been made (Watkins and Yennaris), there was only really one team in it. Sheffield just huffed and puffed and looked what we should have made them look earlier on. The missed chances were scandalous but another day they go in and you come away with a win.. I reckon Sheffield will be okay, but no more than that. The less than cultured teams rarely prosper at a higher level of football and I think they’ll find their level once the promotion euphoria has finally worn off.”
“A frantic and frenetic 90 minutes with both sides pressing hard. Not too much quality on show. SU were stronger and steadier in defence and took their chance when it came. We lacked a cutting edge up front but still could have taken a point but for a remarkable open goal miss. My impression was of two mid-table teams with not much to choose between them. I can’t see either team getting promoted – but equally both looked capable of comfortable survival.”
“Let them enjoy theitr big day and lets see where we both are when we meet again later in the season” “I was a little disappointed in a 26,000 Bramall Lane atmosphere, more lively with 16,000 in it”
“Lacklustre and lethargic support again on opening day”
“how pointless was their new screen that they banged on about before kick-off? Didn’t show any kind of time or score at any point in the game, just irrelevant adverts for 90 minutes!”