“Sheff Utd game is massive, so many clubs picking up points around us as we slowly move downward. We need to sort ourselves out and quick or we will be mid table at best”
“Very tough game first up for the new regime, definitely take a point, but really want to see a decent setup and attitude.”
“I know Bruce is not renowned for attractive football, so I’m not expecting Brazil, I think it will be quite industrial, but it has to suit the squad better.
Think a win might be too much to ask for, after all that’s happened, but would take a score draw.”
“I know Bruce doesn’t play like Pep but is anyone else excited to see a few passes in midfield and getting people like Grady into good positions rather than the hoofball we have seen over the last few months”
“I’m not expecting to see a great upturn in fortune and performance, they will take a little more time.
So, for me, the best we can hope for is a draw, but I’d be over the moon with a win”
“I think we’ll see a lot more measured approach. Hopefully 5 across the middle to dominate the ball”
“I would have thought that even with a new manager, most of these players have played together pre-Valball so I’m sure they will be delighted now they can put the ball on the ground and pass to their own players.
To know the shackles are off now and they can play a bit of football might see them get the job done.
I won’t hold my breath though.”
“I think a draw is 2 points dropped for them and a point gained for us”
“Sheffield Utd are now 3 points behind us with 2 games in hand.
- Puts more pressure on us not to lose next Wednesday.
- They have won 3 in a row.
-We have lost the last 3 Away + scored in 1 of our last 8 Away games.
I am more optimistic though now changes have been made.”
“Bruce does seem quite conservative in his playing style and selections but still think he will manage to get a tune out of this group of players and have the nous not to just stick rigidly to one plan. Actually looking forward to the game!”
“We beat then 4-0 at home, and we have been above them in the table all season. I think we can be a little more ambitious than playing for a point.”
“Beat them and we will halt their momentum. Massive game.”
“Birmingham v Sheff Utd was really poor football. A mistake every 10 seconds. We should have too much for this lot. “
“I can’t imagine the depths this forum would be in if we were like Sheffield United and ever dropped to mid and lower table in the championship.”
“I did fancy Sheff Utd to come good at some stage, they have a talented squad and still some money in the bank in terms of parachute payments having had the 2 year spell.”
“There are one or two on here who insist that the division is weak and our squad should be capable of a top 6 place while at the same time saying several of them are useless.
Disregarding Ismael does anyone think we have a nailed on squad for promotion even with a different manager? Not to be exhaustive but just taking the engine room position of central midfield compare our lot with the competition:-
Fulham: Harrison Reed; Cavaleiro, Tom Cairney; Loftus Cheek, Lemina
QPR: Johansen; Field; Ilias Chair; Albert Adomah
Sheffield Utd: Sander Berge, Oliver Norwood, Gibbs_White; Hourihane”
“Ismael certainly has to take a fair chunk of the blame, things have been getting worse. The insane pressing dropped off, whether that was unsustainable for fitness, teams simply working it out, or players unwilling I don’t know, but we never saw the Ismael style of the Sheffield United game again, and that is a shame.”