Blades 2-2 Spurs (Spurs win 3-2 on aggregate) 

“Like a cruel mistress we gave them hope and took it away at the end. That was always the plan wasn’t it?”

“Fuck me they are raving about SU’s 2 chances (apart from the goals) which all game, bar one, in the last 10/15 mins as if they should have won it.
What about the 5 shots on target Kane had, the 2 Mason had and the 3 other Eriksen had on target besides his 2 goals?
Fuck me, we also had enough chances in the first half to make them need 6 goals to force ET. They, lie theirs, never went in.
It’s like they are saying they deserved to win and if it wasn’t for Eriksen’s 2nd, Flynn – with is 5-10 min cameo – would have been MOTM, despite all the chances we had down their right?
Robinson – the one ex spurs pundit they could pick from East Yorkshire and Beagrie the North Yorkshireman and former SU player are hardly neutral are they?
When Robinson said ‘that’s the sign of a keeper low in confidence” or something to that effect when Vorm had the ball knocked out of his hand by their players arm got my nut. I thought the rules were that if a keeper has the ball in both his hands he is in control of the ball. Isn’t it then a foul if it is knocked out of his hands when challenged by an opponent?
He obviously never saw the saves the ‘out of form’ keeper made recently. “

“See you all in the Green Man. YidArrrrrrrrrrrmy. COYS”

 “we switched off collectively for 10-15mins and handed them a lifeline. I like to think we toyed with them, gave them a chance and then said “nah, you’ve had your fun, now bugger off while we nick one at the end to get to Wembley….Wembley, Wembly”

“it looked to me at least like the ENTIRE TEAM switched off for about 10 minutes there when Sheffield was running rampant.”

  “wembley here we come!!!…intense match but we did it. “

“They exposed us down our left side. Eriksen was non-existent tracking back, Davies got beat so easily on multiple occasions he might as well have not been there for those last 10 mins.”

  “Well that had something for everyone to enjoy, the trolls got to say how shite we are so they’re happy, we’re going to Wembley so we’re all happy, I got to add a couple of arseholes to my ignore list so I’m even more happy. Yay! Well done Blades you gave us two really tough games you should all be proud – except Basham you’re a kunt. “

“To be fair, it never really should have been close. The tie should have been put to bed in the first half had we just put away one or two of the multitude of wonderful chances we had. But credit to the Blades for never giving up and fighting for a full 90. “

“Sheffield Utd fighting back shows less about Dembele & more about Paulinho to be honest “

“Great sub appearance for their young lad.”

“Well done for seeing it through in the end…delighted to be in the final but we made things difficult for ourselves (of course)
I still maintain the composure in this side is horrible. Amount of wasted chances was just silly and then to very nearly chuck it all away within a few minutes of play wasn’t good enough.”

“Whew. So glad we toughed that one out.”

“Well done to survive that in the end. Scary stuff. “

“Glad we came out on top. Sheffield was never push-overs – we should have killed this match long ago though.”

  “We conceded twice within 2 minutes against a league 1 side, of course people are going to be annoyed”

“A League 1 side who has shown the capability to beat good opposition multiple times. The cup record is very good under the current manager. They were never a push over. Stop throwing that League 1 sh** out there is a League Cup semi! “

“The dive from Basham was hilarious after…what the hell. “

“What was that f**king clown doing going to ground as if he’d been punched? Good on Walker just hauling him back up.”

“ Well handled by mike dean, but their players are going down over anything. Not expected from a rough and tough lower league division team… “

“They have a good cup record, they are no push over for sure but they looked dead in the water. We were in control and threw it away. Struggling to break down a disciplined league 1 side is one thing, dropping two in the space of a couple of minutes is another. With a full strength starting XI. “

“Class pays”

“I’ve lost another 10yrs off my life! “

“Are we through? I’ve been hiding behind the sofa for twenty minutes. “

“Just want to say to any Sheffield United fans reading that you were alright, kept going, fair play. But you were up against class players like Eriksen that you didn’t face in the other PL teams you beat, it was always going to be too much for you, even though we like to give every single fucking team we play every possible opportunity to beat us. But ultimately we were too good for you, but many teams are bigger cunts than you even if a few of you did get a bit cocky with your “giant beater” BS. Good luck to you. Oh, and you’re a bunch of cunts “

“What a turnout by the travelling army. Made most of the noise until they scored.  “

“came when eriksen hit that FK, shat myself when they pulled one back, punched myself in the dick when they equalised, then came again when we got the winner”

“Until they scored, the Sheffield United fans were shit. Absolutely shit. Didn’t hear a thing all game.  “

“They had a half decent 10 mins out of the 180 and really shook us “

“thank goodness for Christian Eriksen, how many more times is he going to save our bacon? “

“Wasn’t it their lot giving it the big’un about them being harder than us.

“Bunch of diving, moaning, pussies. 
Shame one them “

“Yes! FULLY deserved over both legs”

“Fuck me. I still feel abused “

“Lovely touch by the blades to have the white confetti ready ….. Snow u say???? No idea, I live down south “

“Shefield United, Making a meal of things since 1889 “

“What a pussy that Basham is, prick. “

“THAT away support tho!!!”

 “Look at the yellows given. And then look at that. And then the playacting.
And the English Football Leagues were supposed to be for hardmen. LOL “

“Fucking nasty sliding into the keeper like that. Fuck off sheffield.”

“I love how Walker held him, that fucking diving cunt flicked his head back and tried to drop like a sack of spuds “

“There are some pretty mean spirited comments on here about United. They are two divisions below us and ran us pretty close to the wire, and I thought were a credit to themselves, their fans and certainly to their league. I really hope they go up this season, a young English manager and a team full of young British professionals is good to see, I hope they do well.
Oh – and on top of it all, all of their fans that came on here were pretty good value and added a lot to the conversation – as well as giving out help where they could.
Well done Sheffield United. “

“Have to agree about the fans, hope they beat Preston and then give Man Utd a good fight.”

“Thank fuck for that.”

  “Didn’t see Campbell-ryce do anything”

“Great drama”

“Happy that is over tbh! “

“Shows the absolute gulf in class between the teams playing in this semi compared to the niggling, backbiting scumbags that contested yesterday’s with Mauricio Pochettino congratulating all the Blades players”

“We definitely should of been a couple of goals up, even by half time. We had numerous openings that we failed to take advantage of and it nearly came back to bite us on the arse. That’s frustrating, as our play on the whole merited a more comfortable scoreline.”

“They had the upper hand for most of the second half. “

“They didn’t have a shot on goal I don’t think ? And we looked like we would create Everytime we went forward? Paulinho comes on and we go backwards in possession and everyone dropped ten yards. Criminal”

“Overall, bar a freak 6/7 minutes from Sheffield United, it was a professional performance. We kept the ball well, didn’t give them much by way of chances really, and could and probably should have been 2/3 up at half time. People will talk about how great it was for Sheffiled United to take us all the way, but they only threatened for those 6/7 minutes and odd nothing more to the game apart from that time.”

“it wasn’t a freak and it wasn’t 6-7 minutes. It was 25 minutes, 15 before their goals and 5 after. “

“Yes, we were the better team by a street until the subs, no question of that, but how many times did we seriously test Howard? “

“That was incredible. Absolutely incredible. So nearly Spursed it up at the end, “

“Walker was an idiot for the first goal. If their guy doesn’t score, it’s very possible that they get a pen and he gets sent off IMO. His positioning was bad as well. “

“Chelsea lost to League 1 Bradford at home. Stop thinking that we have the divine right to beat this teams with ease.” 
“People bitching because we struggled to get over the line against a league one outfit. People also bitching hat when our best player came off we fell to shit. People bitching because we are bailed out by the same 2 guys week in week out. Not good enough. Wake up and smell the coffee “

“Boy oh boy, that took five years away from me. Typical Spurs, we always make it so difficult.”

  “I was on the verge of tears mate, not gonna lie. I saw that Sheffield Chance and actually thought we’d lose it. I was going to watch extra time if it happened. “

“I would have simply sighed at us dropping out, not much more because it would have been unspeakable to let in 3 goals to Sheffield United after leading 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate in the last 14 minutes of an 180 minute match. Nothing needs to be said after that, no raging or despair because we’d have gone out to a League One side with 14 minutes to go. “

“Who cuts Paul Robinson’s hair? his wife?? “

“Himself without a mirror surely “

 “we destroyed the goons. “

“Ask Chelsea about playing a lower league side with nothing to loose…. Crap last 15 but we got there.  “

“Well done Sheffield Utd”

“I feel a little dirty. “

“That was nowhere near a 50:50. It was Vorm’s all the way, ridiculously dangerous tackle by the guy. Just like Hunt’s challenge on Cech. “

“Relief in the end. Should have been far more comfortable. “

“Relief in the end. Should have been far more comfortable. “

“Should have been over at half time. Dominated 70 minutes of the game and nearly blew it in 3 minutes. “

“I’m happy we have got there but that’s pathetic. When will we learn to put teams to bed? “


“Well that went a bit shit for a bit, off to Wembley thank god, lucky that eriksen lad is a bit special.”

“Delighted were through, obviously, but still feel deflated for some reason. “

“Well done Sheffield Warriors. “

“Quite the cup tie, eh?
A little drama at the end. All good.

It’s football for f***sake. Enjoy it. “

“Thank fuck for Eriksen’s class. “

“Job done…just about. “

“And breathe.”

“ Thank f*** that’s over! “

“Glad that’s over. “

“ fair play to s united they gave it everything in the end. “

“if you looked at that average life span of football fan per team, tottenham must be the lowest!!”

“nearly shit myself “

“We always knew it was going to be a tough and open game. “

“Should have been over at half time. Dominated 70 minutes of the game and nearly blew it in 3 minutes.

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Sheffield Utd have a LEAGUE 1 promotion push to concentrate on… not the mickey mouse League Cup… that’s OUR priority now!! “

“I only hope the balls-up against Leicester woke the team up and ensures they are on their toes for the full 90 minutes+ and take proper care of business.”

“maybe after saturday he’ll actually start with our strongest team”

“We’ll be focussed and well prepared come Wednesday night. Time for this squad to get properly serious. Sorry Sheff Utd but you’re going out. Well done for getting this far. “

“With away goals counting double if we score first leaving them to score 3, this will undo their game plan.”

“Not one chant of where’s your foreskin gone ???? that’s odd, their fans voted it their favourite song which was sung at the game… “

“They seem so chuffed with them selves that they sung a song that Spam fans USED to sing, even they don’t sing it anymore as it’s soooo out of date..
It’s only just reached you lot in Amish land.”

“ one nil is perfectly respectable. these guys are fighting for a place in a cup final for the first time since the seventies, of course they’re going to be hard to play against. “

“Can’t wait. Hope we make some fucking noise”

“Me too. This is the first away day I have done in about ten yrs and a cup semi final with that number of yids should create a great atmosphere “

“can’t wait. definitely will outnoise those northern bastards”

“Away fans are always louder , Can assure you that 5500 or so yids will be louder than the blades on Wednesday night “

“God imagine the atmosphere! Bet your life those buggers will be noisy and up for it, so will be great to see the fantastic away support try and drown ’em out. If that keeps up all game, it’s going to be one noisy fucking place.”

“I thought we’d beat SU when the draw was made, and I still think we will now. We’ll have a lot of support up there.  The only two home teams IN ANY competition this season to beat us by more than one goal have been City and Chelsea, it’s no wonder we are such strong favourites. Sheff U have to do what teams like West Ham, Woolwich, Swansea, Partizan and Villa have failed to do this season. “

 “The second leg will be differant especially now we are more aware of them and their strengths . “

“We can even lose 2-1 AET and still go through, we’re in a decent position here. “

“5.5k away fans,semi-final, surely its “pochettinos having a party,bring your vodka and your ch#rlie”.???”

“I expect this will the most hostile environment we play in all season. A huge moment and if we can win it then it’s really on for a trophy and top 4. If we lose I’m afraid it could cripple our season. “

“This is going to be a battle now due to the result last week
Sheff Utd fans are up for this, 25,000 fans shouting at our lily white lads, that just in the warm up
mentally we need to be strong “

“Just a draw against a League One side needed. But we have to play to win this and get an early goal. We are always capable of a total collapse. Their RW is the best player they have so give Davies some support and our offense a bit of width. ”

“We better fucking beat ’em. 
Use the same freakin’ team that beat Chelsea and the same damn line up and the same damn team press. “

“Forget beating Sheffield Utd, ain’t gonna happen, they’ll be all over us like wild eyed, manic, blue painted jocks relishing the flesh of soft, overly comfortable English royals in a one-sided battle!!”

“We don’t have to beat them. In fact, technically we don’t even have to draw.
But we will. “

“I’m sure Clough will target our LB again as they did so well down that flank at the Lane.”

Massive game, anything other than a trip to Wembley & I’ll be devastated …… COYS !!!!!!!”

“I think this last round of FA Cup matches has dispelled the myth that these sides are a pushover. After last weeks game you would have thought we had lost, such was the disappointment that we didn’t give them a hiding. This is a difficult game and despite what fat head Merson thinks, if we come through this we should get some credit. COYS”

“Call me a fool, but I think we’re going to win this tie easily. 2-0 or maybe 3-1 on the night.
They cannot play any better than they did last week, but we can. We have another few gears to move up to, especially away from home.
The frantic atmosphere at Bramall Lane shouldn’t scare us, it should spur us on and inspire us, and I think it will do both.”

“I think they should put out a weak team tomorrow night and concentrate on getting promotion and the FA Cup and beating Man U.”

“Beat Preston and they have a home tie against Man United. Season ticket holders are getting their money’s worth this season.“

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“First half today was realy good. Entertaining, some good passing and we looked bright and creative. We also closed down well (more so than usual) with both Kilkenny and Welsh limiting Sheffield Utd to hopeful strikes that sailed wide.
Second half again we started well. Right up until Grayson chose to put the slow lumbering liability that is Jack King on. From that point on we conceded central midfield, componded when Welsh was hooked off too for the lacklustre out of form Browne. King did nothing but get in the bleeding way. “

“I think they were already over running us but King is slow and offers little”

“I thoroughly enjoyed that game. A proper cup tie.”

“we had today a stinker of a referee who looked at every occasion to award Sheff Utd a free kick. the only quick free kick he allowed was there’s and he even stopped play whilst their player tied his lace up a real poor abysmal performance by the referee who ahs effectively put us out of the Fa Cup. I don’t like Sheff utd but they are a good side and capable of good results but today they fielded a weaker side and we very nearly capitalised on it.”

“the real turning point was when Clough brought on Jamie Murphy. The only time Woods got anywhere near him was the challenge that was penalised and resulted in their equaliser.”

“It might have been a different incident you saw but Huntington was definitely fouled 30 seconds or so earlier – no excuse though, the referee didn’t give it and we should have kept concentration. 
The referee was simply awful though – the worst decision by far being the booking late on for their defender for a tremendous tackle, one of the best I’ve seen for a long time. “

 “think the ref was shit but not as bad as many we have had. He stopped quick freekicks in the game as most were rolling balls or about 20-30 yards away from where the foul was committed. The one they took was in and around the area of the foul and was stationary. I wouldn’t want to get Sheff Utd over 2 legs in the playoffs. “

“Our response to them bringing on one of their best players should have been a positive one not one of surrendering the midfield battle. “

“ It seems that we just switched off for their equaliser. After that they had most of the pressure and we were probably hanging on a bit at the end. “

“We were hanging on a good while before they scored.”

“we played far better than we have done recently. Yes will be hard at Sheffield but will have Beckford back Seb getting better each game. We still have as much chance as them in my opinion . As ever though their crowd will claim for everything penalty fouls handball just hope we get a strong Ref . “

“Great cup-tie which could have gone either way. Happy to be still in the draw although chance of a big club has gone down. We were evenly matched in the league 2 weeks ago and a home victory in the replay, is by no means certain. Another match should mean £100,000 in gate money. “

“After the header that went past the post, our approach to the game was simply negative and bearing in mind the strength of the opposition team we simply voted them to put us under pressure. “

“Missed opportunity for me, Sheff Utd clearly had half an eye on their league cup game and with home advantage, we really should have pushed the boat out to win here. Bramall Lane on a Tuesday night, we’ll do very well to get the win there. “

“Not being a negative fool (well, I am but being driven to it I think) but once we lose to Shef Utd at Brammal lane, don’t make it to Wembly in the JPT AND fail to go up ….

Can’t see Grayson being here much longer. Just too negative – sure we had a spell of being able to park the bus that lasted about 5 games but that’s gone again.”

“Bad result against a very weakened Sheff Utd side. Missed an opportunity there. Can’t see us getting a result in the replay. Sheff Utd have come good recently and I fully expect them to beat us with a stronger side out. “

“No chance we are going to win at Brammal Lane. “

“we cant beat Sheffield Utd reserves”

“Sheffield Utd reserves? We also made 6 changes”

“They’ve rested their best players for their big game next week. It’s was a very weakened Blades team. “

“Says a lot this if he’s so scared of even Sheffield Utd’s second string that he has to resort to panic substitutions like he has. “

“Well we had a good run int cup, time to get back to the league and trying to keep a play off position!”

 “We allow teams a way back into games, far too easily. They bullied us these fuckers. “

“Surely a high probability we will have another TV game. Only two draws today. Another boost for the bank!”

“Bound to get Sheff Utd in the playoffs now”

“In a way it was a good game toWhach both fans were loud and Sheffield brough a lot too. good free kick and was a tight game “

“1-1 well done lads! You did us all proud! WE ARE THE INE AND ONLY NORTH END! “

“Good game today at north end. In the hat for next round. But the feckless populous still support Liverpool and man Utd. #twats”

“I thought it was a decent game ref was wrong to keep on stoping it tho but good draw win in repaly then get Bradford at home”

“Decent game and performance today. Confident we can win the replay”

“Safe trip home to all Sheffield united fans who went to Deepdale today good match in the end bring on the repaly”

“against Sheff United’s reserve team? You’re genuinely happy with that are you Grayson? Not good enough.”

“another tough game v sheff utd. They’re a top side. We shaded 1st half, they tonked us 2nd. Rested loads 2day, Clough doin well “

“Feels like an opportunity missed today, they clearly had an eye on the league cup. Should’ve gone for it more at 1-0.”

“Good end to end game today! Thought we were better side 1st half thought they stepped it up 2nd half”

“on a train full of #SUFC fans, they making a load of noise banging tables with those extra digits! #footballbanter #lancashirelalala”
“Cracking game at Deepdale today. Shame about it being a draw. We play each other too much haha. If we get them in the play offs that’ll be 6 times this season!! “

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Cardiff fans views on John Brayford

“Why the fuck are we selling Brayford?”

“Brayford is shit. League One at best”

“Russell spade has lost the plot selling Brayford who’s been 1 of our best players this season and replacing him with lee peltier “

“If Brayford/Le Fondre have to go then so be it theyve hardly set world alight have they? My worry is who Slade will replace them with! “

“We deserve to go bust if we sell John Brayford. He’s pretty much one of our top players right now”

“Brayford stay, Le Fondre go. Just my own views. Brayford is a worker and much valued at #CCFC”

“Peltier is poor but Brayford is hardly a world beater, wasteful In possession and gets lost when past the half way line. “

“Can we just sell Brayford to Sheffield United so their fans can stop stalking him, its unhealthy for them and I’m concerned “

“Brayford has been one of the few players we’ve been able to depend on this season. “

“We paid a couple of mill for Brayford and he’s playing well. Selling him in his prime for a quarter of that can’t make financial sense.”

“Well the Blades are in funds as a result of their cup run.
For me the question is would he want to go? Great cup run yes, but not so good in Div. 1 so could still be there next season. Okay so could we if the cup half empty guys are right but surely it would show greater ambition if he stayed with us. “

“Brayford going. Not a worry for me. He has not done it for me. “

“Most surprising aspect of this to me is how a division 1 side who is not in top 2 can or wants to pay 1.5 million for a right back. I’m sure even if their fans love brayford they must be curious about this as for that money they could get a decent striker who might push them towards top 2. Seems an odd one to me. “

“Brayford seems to be one of those players that runs hard, looks busy and involved, but lacks any real quality or composure. “

“I’ve been disappointed with Brayford, after the hype that he was the best full back in the division when at Derby. He has been no more than average. If the rumours are true that Sheff U have offered £1.5m he can go as far as I’m concerned. “

“Whether he is the best full-back in the league or not may be up for debate, but he is quality imo. “

“ Brayford is a competent full back, if he was the best in the league and we are prepared to sell, why is only a League 1 club bidding for him?
That says everything for me “

“Well he’s obviously going to go isn’t he. He has the choice of playing for a proper manager who appreciates him and whom he has played for before or Coco the Clown and Charlie Cairoli. Who would you choose. “

“Personally im really glad hes going and the fact that we are not losing on the transfer. Some of his defending has been laughable since returning. He doesnt want to stay at the club so lets get rid “

“You’ll get the beard you deserve. “

“I expected great things of him after the reviews he got whilst on loan last season.
But he has been poor to mediocre in what is a shocking team, so get rid and move on.
The fact that we get a fee is a REAL bonus! “

“I couldn’t understand these rumours at first because i didn’t believe Sheff Utd could find the money to make a bid. “

“Are they not owned by a Middle East consortium? I suppose that they still have to take FFP into account though! “

“Saving dosh in not paying Ched’s wages ?? “

“Get rid I say.
Nothing special.”

“Have to admit I’m not that bothered.
He bombs forward as if he is Cafu.
Wing backs like him are a dime a dozen. “

“I’m not sure what to make of this. We should never have loaned him to Sheffield United in the first place and then he’d never have developed this desire to play for them. He wants to leave though and if we can get £2m for him then even better. Sounds like it will be less. “

“If he wants to go we have to let him go, his heart is obviously there.
Anyway he could break his leg in his first game and Sheff Utd may miss out on promotion? At least he will be happy plying his trade in Div 1 “

“Slade says “he must want to leave otherwise why would he want to talk to them”. I am sorry sladey old boy but if I had to put up with your negative football and lack of motivation I too would walk to Sheffield to get away from him. “

 “I don’t mind Le Fondre going. He supposed to score goals. But its a shame with Brayford.”

“Brayford is not only our most dependable full back, but he’s up there with the best full backs in the league. Accepting only 1.5 million for him is scandalous. He’s worth at least a million more. I’m surprised nobody else is bidding the 1.5 million as he will be a bargain for any club outside the Premiership for that price.”

“I think it’s a case of he wants to play more for the manager than the club itself.”

“I can only judge from what I have seen – not very much – and I am not impressed, I’m afraid. Earlier in the season he sometimes looked good going forward, but has not impressed me recently.
He may simply be pissed off with what the club is looking like for many of the players: unstable, apparently direction-less, ill-led, with an ‘unconventional’ owner, whose mum helps him make most of his very important business decisions – etc etc. ‘LET ME OUT OF HERE – I’M ACTUALLY SANE (NOT LIKE THE OTHERS). Please believe me.”

‘”Apparently we got close to two million for him. ”

John brayford you absolute cunt “

“unfollows John Brayford”

“He plays on the left he plays on the right that boy kav mcNaughton makes john brayford look shite”

“Will not miss Brayford in the slightest, not even half the player McNaughton was and shows no ambition whatsoever dropping a league.

“So it turns out that Brayford is a bit of a classless cunt then really”

“Atleast sheffield united fans now will stop hassling us over brayford.”

“Brayford gone, good. He didn’t care anyway.

“When is John Brayford‘s open-top bus tour of Sheffield? I’m pleased for him and for Sheffield United. They deserve him, Cardiff don’t.

“Bet Sheffield United fans are crying in happiness they have Brayford back. Obsessed.”


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Derby fans view on Kieron Freeman

“Not bothered about Freeman”

“’Nigel’s Net’ still pretty limited, it seems. “

“Get rid. “

“Freeman still plays for us?”

“All yours, Nigel.”

 “Freeman going for a fee meant Florist got half the fee didn’t it?”

“Derby County fans wish you well Kieron. We hope that you do well and surprise us all. “

“Sheffield Utd fans seems got excited by the news lol. “

“Best of luck to him, shown some promise but ultimately not good enough.”

“Simon Clough still not got a driving licence.”

“clough always overpaid for players “

“Why look too far if he thinks he can get quality players locally?”

“Nigel once paid £1.2 m for Connor Sammon “

“Sheffields hardly attractive for players from abroad. Come to that neither is playing in League 1.
How many clubs outside the Prem actually sign a lot of players from outside the UK (not counting those owned by people with links to other clubs)
Its hardly unique to Clough to look locally”

 “Freeman is worth nothing.”

 “Freeman can go for me”

“Freeman isn’t good enough, simple as”

“not sure what happened with Freeman, shame, he looked alright and then just wasnt rated anymore”

“Freeman ain’t that bad”

“let him go, not bothered about a fee, especially as half goes to Forest! Needs to be given a chance to play regularly, personally I thought he was ok, certainly no worse than the Tottenham lad we had on loan in his place – League 1 probably the right level for him at the minute”

“Sheffield is really our farm team. They should change their name as well. Perhaps Sheffield Sheeps”

“Nige is doing us a favour”

“I heard that Clough’s scouting had gone up a gear because someone put some oil on the bike chain, allegedly”

.”Clough’s scouting network found those players in the first place. If they are available, it is basic common sense to go for them again. Are people so dumb as to not see the obvious, or are you so consumed with your petty hatreds?”

 “Nigel has done a great job in the time he has been at the Blades – now in the top six, some really magnificent results in both cups. I for one am really pleased for him.”

“So he’s basically saying that our team from a couple of years ago is just about good enough to challenge for promotion in League 1. I’m not really sure what to read into that? “

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Derby Fans View on Paul Coutts

“Far too slow to play winger. Can’t take a man on to save his life. Brayford made him look good.  “

“Coutts has never been and will never be a winger. I liked Clough, but that used to grind my gears.” 

“Maybe Coutts will come good in time.”

“Coutts can tackle, is strong, not afraid to put himself about, good passer of the ball etc etc PLUS for those who question his discipline to hold a position… He spent a whole season playing RM when he’s a CM by trade… when Hughes/Bryson were played out wide they kept drifting back inside… When Coutts played it he played as an actual RM… Thought he was incredibly disciplined playing the role that season…”

“did Coutts make Brayford look better by covering him when he went forward?”

 “Against Southport Coutts was in middle with Bryso. Looked very short of match fitness but showed a smattering of his talent. Had one long range shot, on target, unlike several others in the first half, that would have beaten most keepers (as we all know their keeper was immense that day)He needs game time, in the middle, in games that are less important like the cup, to see if he’s anywhere near where he could be. I won’t disagree that Brayford was the reason our right hand side worked, but it only worked because of Coutts grit and determination to cover him while he sprinted up the wing”

“I was hoping to see Coutts get some more action in the midfield,but good luck to him”

“ Coutts showed glimpses of class in the two odd minutes he has come on in the last couple of games.”

“Not Premiership Standard”

“Fans shouldn’t be scared to let players go as we need to move on and bring in better players. We are doing that slowly, but take a step back and really ask yourself if Coutts is a player good enough to win the league with.”

“Fully fit, Coutts could do a good enough job yes. The question is more if he will be fully fit before end of season”

“ I like Coutts. He carries the ball well and doesn’t lose possession easily. Right now I’d have him in the team over Hendrick.”

 “ Coutts is a funny one: Chris Martin said he was technically the best footballer at the club and a few other people have mentioned similar things about him. I have no doubt if I was to watch him in training that I, too, would probably rave about him. The corner kick challenge was ridiculous.For that reason, I’d be annoyed if we were to sell him. I do want him to be given a chance at DM to see how he does, but it’s a big risk when we can’t exactly take risks. “

“I agree with people who say Coutts is good enough for this level.I don’t think Coutts has the pace to play as one of our advanced wingers and I don’t see him in the DM role. The only way he’ll see a decent amount of football is if one of Hughes, Bryson or Hendrick were to get injured. If he’s happy to play bit parts from the bench it’s great to have him in the squad, but if he’s chomping at the bit to play it’s unfair to pretend that’s likely to happen here.  “

“he was lost without Brayford behind him. “

“He can play right wing back which is effectively what the position is.
He can play centre mid. “

“Carn’t say that I can really remember Coutts having a decent game for us without Brayford being in the side….  without Brayford he as always seemed to me, a bit off a liability”

“Coutts isn’t a liability he is possibly more suited to playing right (wing) back than he is to playing right wing. “

“He only started three games after brayford left before he suffered a serious injury”. 

“He’s not a wide player and looked lost without Brayford behind him. “

“Coutts is a good player but we managed without him for long enough”

“ The general consensus was that he was our Player of the Season up until the new year, when the hoofball took over and Brayford stopped playing behind him for a bit. Even so, people were still saying they think he’d be worth having as a squad player in the Prem. Definitely worth keeping in my opinion, regardless of division. “

“Can’t believe how much people are underrating Coutts, he’s a decent championship midfielder in my eyes, he’d be wasted in League 1. He just got seriously unlucky with injuries. I think we’re a bit spoilt when it comes to CMs, understandable mind..”

.”Coutts is a good useful player that if we let go, we would need to find a suitable replacement. “

“Is Coutts that far down the pecking order? Seems to have been subbed on at nearly every opportunity since he got back on the bench “

“Coutts was decent cover”


“Coutts will do really well at Sheff U, probably his level”

. “I think this is good for all parties. See clough has also agreed a fee for brayford”
“Mid table league 1 is his level “

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Pre-match view from Preston

“Sheffield United are as rancid to watch as we are so i’m sacking this one off. “

“Unless there are two new central midfielders signed before Saturday, I think they will be too strong across the park for us.
They will bully us in the same way they did at bramall lane and beat us I am afraid.

“I heard Jamie Hoyland say on Monday night in the football hour on Radio Lancs that PNE midfield were out thought & out bullied/ muscled by the Sheffield united Midfielder’s because our midfielder’s were too weak & lightweight? “

“I sense Sheffield will be up for it and their away form isn’t bad. It will be a tight game and a welcome distraction from the league for us too. “

“1600+ already sold in Sheffield. I bet were just above that number, in the no cash ticket only, low confidence, non attacking North End……..I’m a bit fed up today “

“I think either way we will get brushed aside. “

“I loathe Sheff Utd as much as Burnley, which is far more than Blackpool by the way. Simple reason, they’re better than us in a lot of ways. “

“I’ll tell you one way they’re not better than us. Their home ground atmosphere. One of the shittest I’ve seen and with 17000 +…… “

“Sheffield are the most overrated team in this league. Every season, every game they seem to be favourites to win but more often than not, go on to fuck it up. “

“Sheff united are everything we are not, physical, hard working, organised. Are you watching and learning Simon. Nigel Clough never shuts up, his emotion on the touchline transmits to the players. “

“ go back a few weeks and a lot Sheffield Utd fans had had enough of Clough. Negative tactics. Strange selection choices. Poor results. Ineffective signings. For a club averaging nearly double our attendances they are massively underacheiving. These cup runs have papered over the cracks. “

“Just watched the Spurs/Blades match. Sheffield have never stopped running all night. They’ll be knackered on Saturday – well in comparison with us after our night off last night”

“I just watched that game and Spurs, who are a really good footballing side, were dragged down to the 1st division level. Frankly horrible to watch. sound familiar? “

“Did you see our game at Bramall Lane? If you had you would have seen that they played like a bunch of pansies, one little knock and they fell to the ground like a bag of spuds falling off the back of a lorry! only three weeks ago the Sheff Utd fans were calling for his head and saying how poor they were playing in the league! “

“I think that tonight’s result could hardly have been better. Only a heroic fight for an hour with 10 men could have improved it!
They’ve exerted a lot of energy. Done well, but a needless late handball has deflated them. But still, at 1-0, they’re in an awkward situation. They still with a chance, but not exactly riding on a crest of confidence. It will have them a bit in two minds. “

“20000 crowds a week for them is embarrassing all of us in this division and god knows how theyre still in here turning up best part of 20 k every week. Nobody should be competing with them but we are and then some. “

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