“After a disappointing result there is only one solution. And that solution is to be mind blowingly optimistic.
Sheff Utd 1 – 5 Rovers”
“They’re a strong solid organised side who are dangerous on set pieces.
We are quite a weak side atm with a sprinkling of quality but need hard work and intensity every game to cover the weakness. I think this one is all wrong for us coming off the back of Wednesday”
“I hate to be a pessimist, but can’t see us getting anything from this. Hope I’m wrong, but see at least a 2 goal defeat. “
“I think we will get thumped here, something like 4-1! Really hope I am wrong”
“Reading players really stepped up their game after the weekends mauling.
Have our players got it in them?
Probably not, a 2-0 loss.”
“This may be our toughest road game of the season. I feared it going into the season, and fear it more after the wipeout in Reading.”
“I thought this match would be the first defeat, sadly now I think it’ll be the second defeat.”
“Its got a second heavy defeat written all over it”
“Watched part of their game on Wednesday and they were very good albeit against a 10 man Sunderland. Berge is better than Championship level, and (unfortunately) Ahmedhodzic was immense, though still trying to figure out where he played. Seemed to be anywhere but cb!.”
“One things for sure; their Bosnian centre half will put on an absolute masterclass.”
” I believe there is a big bid in for Berge and he could be gone anytime, from abroad I think.
I listened to the first half on the radio, Sunderland were the better team until the red card on 33 mins. “
“Tough game…still haunted by this fixture last season”
“Heckingbottom will have seen how our lot couldn’t handle aggression and pressure last night and will get his team to play the same way. Expect them to play a high tempo game that will pin us on the back foot and expose the flaws in our fragile team.
Another reality check I’m afraid”
“Turn up like we did last night and this could be embarrassing, never been sure about there manager but he’s got some very good players at his disposal.”
“Our only hope is that heckingbottom is a terrible manager. They’ve got by far the better squad.”
“The Blades have been a team of kickers ever since Wilder arrived, Heckingbottom just follows the same template.
They will rough us up in a man’s game.
Let’s see if we are up to the task.”
“Sheffield Utd have played three at the back all this season, and like under Mowbray I can see playing teams in 343 or 352 is going to be a big issue for us. We tend to be very top heavy with a lot of attackers, and what Reading did so well was strangling us in midfield and across the back line. The players up front were isolated, and not physical enough to retain the ball the few times they got it. It will be more of the same by Sheffield Utd I think….”
“Really need a reaction, otherwise we’re in for a Fulham esk result. Cmon lads!!”
“After last night’s debacle, hopefully this is the jolt the players (and me!) needed to bring us back down to earth.
The players need to react like Reading did to their heavy defeat, just like they did last season after the 7-0 v Fulham. Interestingly it’s against the same opponents, so hopefully that’s a good omen…”
“I’m still haunted by last season game at Bramall Lane, Khadra, who now plays for them, missing that penalty, Brereton injury, we should have stuffed them on the night
I’d be happy with a draw”
“Need a reaction but I trust in JDT and well punish Khadra”
“Khadra to miss a penalty.”