Blades 3-2 Walsall


“Overall I thought that apart from a 10minute spell in the second half we were the better team and played the better football.
Sheffield played their 2nd 11 with Hanson up front and the defence marshalled him very well 1st half.
Although it was essentially their reserve team. It probably would have been up the top end of League 1 had they been playing there.
1st half we played really well and when Oz beat the offside trap he laid on a really good pass into the box for Ama to stroke home.
2nd half sub Ched Evans came on and changed the game. Up until that point we were holding our own and Edwards had a goalbound rocket from the edge of the box which their defender headed clear. It nearly took his head off!
Kory Roberts played a good game and was unfortunate to get in the way of a Ched Evans shot which may or may not have gone in without the deflection. That 10 minute spell we just disappeared.It was like we had just stopped playing. Baka looked like he was tiring to me and that’s why Jackson was brought on.
I was impressed by Kouhyar when he came on. Made a couple of good runs and pulled back a good cross from the line just inside the box. Despite being 3-1 down we were pressing still won the pen which Oz put away very well (as you would expect)
in all a good game spoilt by the result of a dodgy 10 minute spell in the second half.
Oldham will not be anywhere near as good a team as the Sheffield team we played tonight.”

“Bit of a strange game, felt more like a pre-season fixture especially in the first half.
We played okay, I wouldn’t go as far to say we played the better football or that we deserved something out of it, again Whitney’s post match quotes that we ‘outplayed’ them are simply inaccurate.
First half we defended on the edge of our box and scored a breakaway goal with a tidy finish from Bakayoko, the rest of the half we had maybe one deflected shot and for the rest of it we watched them pass it around in our half without any real danger.
Second half we dropped even deeper, the introduction of Evans – and United upping the tempo – eventually changed the game, 3 goals in quick succession is something all too familiar under Whitney and again we capitulated under the slightest hint of real pressure. The 91st minute penalty came about after only our 2nd shot in anger in the half as Basham handled from Kouyhar. A great pen from Oztumer.” “a good showing but not good enough”

“our first team have gone from beating their first team at every turn, and they were actually worried about playing us, to our first team losing to their reserves with an experimental team and a couple of new signings thrown in? just shows how far we have come”

“We enjoyed a great run against them, lucky or not. Pity it crashed and burned in 8 second half minutes.”

“we’ve lost and are now out of the League Cup at the first attempt against a heavily weakened Sheffield United side.”

“Enough is enough…” “We lost to their “reserves” who brought a striker off the bench who would walk into our side and is paid more than any player in our team, and who also had another striker on the bench who would do likewise. Sheffield United are now a Championship club, they’re geared up for it, they’ve got the crowds for it, they’ve got the money to go with it”

“Thank god they chose to play their reserves.”

“I still hold out hope Baka can have a decent season and get 10 + goals at least although would help if he could motivate himself to play well against others teams who aren’t called Sheffield United (probably desperate to sign him). Same as it is though, the team is just not strong enough to compete for 90 minutes imo. I presume judging that one goal was conceded from a corner that the Blades just starting lumping speculative long balls into the area and chances came as a result, it’s a massive weakness even in this apparent new improved defence. “

“Last night against a second string championship side we crumbled for 10 minutes and lost the plot (and the game..)
weve lost every one of our last 5 competitive games”

“Love Whitney’s comments “”I know they made 11 changes but thy are still championship players”
Er no they are not Jon – 4 of them were on debut from non league and league 2 clubs and several had missed pre season.
Not one of them played in their first game last weekend against Brentford, utter bollox again my man”

“current form
sheff utd away LOST
bury away LOST
mk dons home LOST
p vale home LOST
Coventry away LOST
Swindon home WON
shrews away DREW
oxford home DREW
bradford away LOST
southend away LOST
Fleetwood home LOST
Charlton away DREW”

“Current message board mood – depressed
Current message board predictions – we’re doomed
Current message board rational – off the scale”

By Roy

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