“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? “
“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 “
“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. “
SPURS 1-0 BLADES
“I am guessing McEveley hasn’t been watching highlights of Soldado’s finishing”
“I think the problem isn’t with a poor performance is with the stupid unrealistic expectations of some on here. They reached the semi finals FFS they’re no pushovers.”
“People were shitting it pre-game. We won to nil.
Take it. One foot in the final.”
“Well, on the basis of that performance everyone from Levy down should be fired.
I never know quite how to react to these games….
Sheffield United parked the bus and tried to hit us on the right wing, they never got a shot on target but successfully stifled us. we were too narrow at times and missed Chadli and neither Kane or Eriksen were in their most effective positions, we did enough to win it, it wasn’t pretty but it was never going to be.”
“Yeah, they didn’t really threaten at all. I know that they’d be expected to do better at their place, but their shots were woeful, many going hugely wide or high”
“they did not manage a single shot on target, we could have put Friedel in and it would make not an iota of difference.”
“what happened outside in the Park Lane after the game…? All got a bit ’70s nawty with some of the Yorkshire types didn’t it… Most surprising!!”
“Fuck it, still in the tie, they get an early goal next week and things will get a wee bit sweaty”
“They had 0 attempts on target today”
“Townsend = Ben Eltons love child.”
“Fuck ’em. We played badly and won. At this point in the competition, it’s all about winning. Couldn’t give a shit if we have another stinker next leg but draw/scrape a win, then have a stinker in the final and scrape that too.”
“Sheffiel was very organized and we played very poorly. Decent result.”
“Astonishingly poor performance. I’m embarrassed.”
“Glad we won, but thats the only postive that can be taken from today. Absolute shit.”
“Sad thing is the media will only concentrate on the ‘great’ perfomance by them not the shit one by us”
“Pochettino is actually performing a mastery of the act of trolling. First leg only 1-0. Sheffield think they have a chance, but no, second leg, we time waste the fuck out of them. FT: 0-0 and Pochettino gives Clough a smile and a big thumbs up.”
“This is Spurs, the club that manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
if they score 1 goal against us, we’ll implode and panic. Nearly there, but could quite easily be nearly out, knowing us.”
“Great cup tie. We weren’t brilliant but dominated for the most part. Sheffield Utd raised their game & matched us in parts. It’s the perfect result for sky in both matches. One dead level between “2 giants” (as the commentator said in the opening few seconds) & this one finely balanced. Narrow advantage, but playing away against a side who have taken a few scalps. It’s almost scripted”
“Sheff United had nothing to lose tonight except the game which they did and get lost in traffic.”
“Not the game I expected. We didnt reach top gear, and they were no threat in attack whatsoever. Thought the ref was shocking, didnt give us a single thing, just lucky their were no bid decision momements. Penalty was impossible for him not to give thankfully.
I thought we were very professional, Poch basically treating it like a normal tie rather than a potential banana skin. I think he is probably happy with the advantage we have. Taking a goal with us to theirs, I’d be surprised if they could overturn us. They need two goals do they, because of away goals?
They have to attack us now and that means we counter them. Also, they have a game at the weekend too, but our fitness level is clearly higher than theirs.”
“So as long as they don’t get crazy luck…you know, against Spurs…then we should be alright”
“Poor poor game from us.”
“Bramhall Lane a proper stadium? Hillsborough yes…..not Bramhall lane, shot ground and the Blades have a much higher than average ratio of pikey supporters making it a shit place to visit.”
“Only 2 teams worth mentioning in Sheffield.
Sheffield Wednesday, and Sheffield Wednesday reserves”
“Win’s a win, but that was awful. Pretty worrying considering we have another 3 games in 10 days.”
“We play better away so we will smash them “UP NORTH”!”
“The thing is, speaking to Sheffeld United fans in person they’re not that bad, on twitter and forums they’re some the biggest drips, weapons and troglodytes going.”
“Awful performance and only just got there with the result.”
“important thing is we didn’t concede.”
“I hope their not referring to Bramall Lane as a ‘proper ground’…fucking shit hole piss toilet”
“Clough just looks like a whiney cunt”
“Take that you steel bothering flat caps”
“Expecting Townsend to do a tep over before the pen”
“I expect to see that Blades corner tactic sweep the top flight. Take note Stoke”
“Nigel Clough can fuck off as well, the smirking giggling wee cunt.”
“Nigel Clough looks like the type of guy who is a real cunt to his wife and shouts at her in public.”
“Our fitness has to show in this”
“Fuck sake, embarrassing.”
“Eriksen played like a League One player.”
“3-0 is the least we should be getting against a League One team. Fuck who they’ve beaten before. They got beat by MK Dons a few days ago.”
“Crowd sounded good”
“Why would you believe we’d get 3-0 against them? I think we’re underrating them, they know how to play and beat prem teams.”
“Townsend stepover drinking game…….”
“An insipid performance”
“They really are a bunch of pansies for all the big talk.”
“Townsaid plays football in real life like how i play fifa.”
“They played like warrior poets from Braveheatt.”
“I think we all knew how they would play and it’s all about taking advantage next week when they try and attack us, leaving themselves more open over the pitch. They worked their arses off tonight and made it very difficult for us.”
“For me, It was a really good match up tonight & showed that there are no “favourites” to go through in any cup competition. I would show the opposition some respect for that.”
“Some credit needs to go to Sheffield.
Were people really expecting us to spank them. They gave it all, were very organised and set their team up to stop us scoring. We dominated possession and didn’t let them have a shot on target. Started Ade aswell which did us no favours”
“We were not playing Sheffield! We were playing the small team from Sheffield, the Blades, United, not bloody Sheffield”
“I honestly didn’t hear their fans at all during the game… apart from the flare, and a bit of rowdiness outside afterwards, I genuinely forgot they were there!”
“I thought Sheffield Utd played a very good game. They didn’t play scared at all. They were committed to challenging knowing Spurs can turn it down the pitch quickly. They simply expected it.”
“If you were watching that as a neutral, you would have come away entertained. That makes it a great cup tie in my book. Not a great result or performance from a Spurs point of view, but I think to say “we were shit” actually does a disservice to how well Clough’s lads played tonight.”
“It wasn’t the prettiest, but I think deep down we knew it was going to be difficult. It will be another hard slog at their place, but we can do it! COYS!”
“In all honesty, two Championship teams, a Championship level match… A step up for Utd and a big one down for us.
The commentator was saying that there is a 46 position difference between the two teams but it didn’t look like that”
“Absolutely pathetic. Bill Shankley said of one of his players” can’t tackle, can’t head, can’t dribble, can’t pass, can’t shoot, apart from that he is great ” just about sums us up tonight”
“Next weeks game is going to be interesting, we know we can play better, and blades cant sit back so there is a good chance we can take this, but why have I that feeling that its going to go to penalty’s”
“Fair play to Utd, they worked their socks off and deserve to only be a goal behind.”
“Anyone who thought this would be a comfortable win must have not seen us play at Home this season and must have not seen the Blades’ performances in the Cup so far.”
“Think a bit of respect is due to Blades rather than knocking the Spurs players performance. Wasn’t the best game from Tottenham but certainly wasn’t the worst, Sheffield United on the other hand played like Premier League opposition. They defended diligently and with great organisation to limit chances for the likes of Kane, Eriksen and Ade but also attacked with a lot of energy and endeavour which made it hard for the full backs to send our team into full on bombardment mentality. I think the bigger question from it is how are Sheffield United 7th in League one, rather than how are Spurs 6th in the Prem”
“Shefield United were very good.”
“We were awful, that was one of the most boring games I have ever watched, we cant create chance against a team who are struggling to win a game in league 1, “
“Sheffield United: 10 out of 10. Completely surprised me”
“They were ok for a League 1 team, nothing special. Even a midtable EPL side like Spurs should win this one pretty easy.”
“Painful to watch”
“All credit to United,. They were fantastic”
“Another embarrassing perfomance”
“kudos to Utd.”
“Walker is just getting worse and worse with every game. More than willing to allow him time but we can’t afford these declining performances”
“At home against Sheff Utd and we are talking about our centre havles and our limited deep lying water carrier all having decent games! Says it all”
“Walker was awful”
“That was just an awful, lacklustre preformance, no pressing, poor passing and zero creativity, Kane and Eriksen were poor, but Walker, Davies, Ade and Townsend were atrocious. Erase that game from memory and move on.”
“Complete crap performance all round.”
“Fantastic result. Earlier in the season we were losing to bus parkers -now we are winning. 4 home wins in a row scoring 12 goals-it’s all about Andros.”
“One of those nights where I don’t think anyone came out with any credit really, particularly Poch. From a tactical perspective I was totally unimpressed, bored even.”
“If the blades play like that next week we win, no contest. They came for a draw, they fucked up, they are 1-0 down. Now they have to score 2, they didn’t even have a shot on target, the couple of shots they did have showed us how shit they are, there is absolutely now threat at all, none, nothing.
Absolute piece of piss to put 11 men behind the ball any good manager can organise his team to do that. different ball game altogether to set your team up to win a game. If thier shitehouse of a team had any quality in it they would have set up to play football, they didn’t set up like that because they are shit.”
“Honestly terrible night out. Nothing to do with the football either, though it wasn’t sparkling. The negativity where I was sat in the Park Lane was unbelievable.
One guy shaking with rage yelling at Walker that he was a wanker all game. Some guys behind me yelling constantly, “it’s all fucking sideways passes” then when we play a ball long, “WHY ARE WE PLAYING LONG BALL AGAINST THESE MUGS”. I’ll never forget that Sheffield United are in League one considering how the guys around me carried on continually about how we couldn’t handle a facking league one side.
It was honestly an exhausting experience. I think I’m going to put a hot towel on my head and have a lie down. I actually have to write an essay now and think I’ll enjoy it more than the game.”
“Time to get my ‘capital one cup winners 2015’ tattoo done then… “
“Might be a bananna skin if it were just the single game, but this is over two legs so I think we’ll easily be too much for SU in the semis. Wembley here we come, and it ought to be an entertaining final. “
“I’m normally a very vey pessimistic spurs fan. But on this occason, hotel at Wembley BOOKED!!!!! “
“Gonna be fucking hilarious looking back through these comments when they knock us out “
“If u knew anything about Spurs & Spurs fans then you know that most of us expect the worst. That said , you are 5th in the 3rd tier of english football, to hope or dare to think that we should win is no biggie .”
“Southampton was a big scalp, they are a decent team, but it was at your place so you had that advantage over them. The West Ham one wasn’t when they were in the top half of the table far as I remember. They are having a good blip but they aren’t a top seven side are they. They could go on to get relegated next year. My point is that you haven’t faced the likes of us in a fair matchup. I think we’ll be far too much for you. But I also think we need to take it very seriously and not think we’ve already won it. “
“Went to the West Ham vs Sheffield game and West Ham had a reserve team / boarder first team players playing alongside a few first team regulars. Doesn’t really tell us anything. “
“How many yids do we reckon will be in Sheffield at a guess then ? Heard quite a few will be sitting in there end “
“Not sure if the Spam and the Saints took the game against you for granted but believe me every Spurs fan is not underestimating the challenge and knows your boys will be up for it big time, we want our full sqaud playing against you. “
“I really hope that we prove too much for them at WHL and just close the tie down in the first leg. Even at their place, if they are three goals down their confidence will be erroded. Two goals down and we’d only need a goal more I think, but we might struggle if we conceeded first. Although they have beaten a number of prem teams, they have been struggling teams who have gone on to get relegated, and finished mid table or below. There is a big difference in class between such teams and a top six or seven side. There is no doubt that we will prove a much sterner test than what they have faced previously. Kane recently destroyed one of the best defences in the country pretty much on his own, Eriksen is different class, as is Lloris. We should win this comfortably, but it is all important to make the most of the advantage of being at home, not underestimate them, but to begin with the right attitude and get a decent result. They are in league 1 for a reason and we are a prem league top six side for a reason, let’s go out there and show them that. “
“They comfortably beat Southampton. “
“Here is a roundup of who they’ve beaten.
Fulham, who in the same season got relegated, and are now a mid-to-bottom half team in the Championship. None of their players would make it into our squad.
Aston Villa, currently 14th which is their level. Benteke would make it into our squad, but would anyone else?
West Ham, who they beat on penalties – current form notwithstanding, they are a bottom-half of the prem team, and have even spent some time in the Championship in recent years.
Southampton under Koeman – this is the only one where you can say that some of their players would make it into our squad. This was a decent result for the Blades. But they were at home at Bramall Lane.
Oh yeah, and QPR. You know, the team that everyman and has dog has beaten. They’re bottom of the Prem and will be playing in the Championship next season.
They haven’t won all the premier league ties either though. They failed to beat Hull at Wembley, losing 5-3. We just beat English football’s league leaders 5-3. Hull were better than them, and we are better than them too. Hull are currently sitting in the relegation zone as well.
So I think we have every reason to be confident about this tie, we are definately better than them by some way, and this is an even tie, not a single game at their place as Southampton had. But they are a decent league one side, they have belief, and will give it a real go, so we need to be ready, take it seriously, and take the game too them and win the tie.”
“It’s a game we should win easily on paper. But that’s all it is. On paper. The reality is that the blades are as close to a cup final as we are & probably think they got the best draw they could too. I’m sure that over two legs we have enough in the tank to do the job, but to Have an eye on cup final day is a fucking big mistake “
“We need to take a 3 goal lead to Bramall lane otherwise it could be a bad night..
They have this unbelievable belief against prem clubs in the cup and will make it very difficult. “
“This Is a league one side we’re talking about here. Take a 2 goal lead to theirs, score 1 away goal and they’d have to score 4? “
“Can’t wait for this, it will be rocking. “
“Difference being, we will not underestimate them as others have to their peril. It’s a semi final, both teams will be up for it, both team will give it all. This is normally a nutraliser and the games of this nature are normally close. The difference will be quality of some players and Im sure we have far more quality players than them and should over two legs get the result we desire and if we play well, deserve. “
“Our players have a great chance of getting to Wembley for a major cup final, but if they don’t succeed the chance will possibly come again. For Sheff Utd players this is probably the only chance they will have in their career so you would assume they will give beyond everything.
All I am saying is this is not the Gimme that people are saying. if we win 1-0 or 2-1 then I would watch the 2nd leg from behind the sofa and expect the worst. “
“Wow, by the looks of it they are bringing 19 coaches full of their fans down to WHL. “
“Buzzing for this let’s hope the yids take over Sheffield ! “
“4000 Yids in Sheffield on a Wednesday night with no trains back to London, love it! “
“Losing to sheffield would be so spursy”
“The same club who allowed a convicted rapist to train with them, whose owners described the public outrage about this decision as ‘mob justice’, whose fans made threats to rape Jessica Ennis (a national icon, who no longer wanted to be associated with you, because of Ched Evans) and were heard chanting:
‘CHED EVANS HE DOES WHAT HE WANTS’
I cannot respect any club or its fans that have this sort of mentality, you are down there with anti-sematic, racist & cunty West Spam supporters, as being the lowest of the low.
I hope we thrash your lot at least 7-0 on aggregate. #COYS #YIDARMY “
“when we lost to Pompey a few years ago, they were a premier league team, they now play in the same league as Sheffield United having lost every good player they had, so there is a huge gap in quality. I have respect for Sheffield United, they have knocked out two prem league teams – albeit ones that have finished lower than us for the last five, ten, years – but still, it’s a fabulous achievement for a small club having already knocked out two prem league teams already. But, we are a bigger club than Wet Spam and Southampton. This is over two legs. I just don’t see us losing, and there is nothing wrong with that. You can still respect a club while acknowledging the gap in quality. Why should we think a team two leagues below us has any chance over two legs? We have a lot more quality than they do. Would any of their squad make it into ours? Even on the bench? The two legs protects against freak results. I think over two legs we’ll win by 3 or 4 goals. Sorry if Sheffield United fans don’t like it, it’s nothing personal, just realism.”
“ Can’t wait to smash these whippet walking, flat cap wearing, Carlos Tevez blaming, rapist supporting, third rate shysters. COYS!
( no offence to Yorkshire, Yorkshire_Spurs, you’re mint)”
“LOL at Bramall Lane terrifying us. We’ve been to Besiktas, Istanbul and Partizan, Belgrade away already this season.
Sheffield will be the one to terrify us doe”
“We’re off to Wembley for sure. Sheffield can do nothing but cutlery. “
“If the players are as over-confident as many of you lot are then I fear for the worst. But I believe that Poch will make sure they aren’t and that they will go into the these 2 games with the “proper” attitude… “
Where is all this overconfidence/arrogance coming from?
It’s almost like we’ve never seen Spurs fuck something up before…. “
“They hammered QPR at Loftus Road the other day, and have taken quite a few PL scalps over the last couple years. Clough has made a proper cup team out of Sheffield United, and I have every expectation that we’ll see a strong performance from them come the day. Unless we’re on form, there’s every reason to believe they could make the tie very interesting. “
“Sheffield is probably not much worse than Milan. Apart from the very centre Milan is a shit hole! “
“Bramall Lane’s a shabby stadium but has a great atmosphere “
“That’s what I like about both Sheffield stadiums. They’re old, got character but they’re also big. With Tottenham in town and a sensible ticket price, it should be a decent crowd in there in terms of numbers, unless we batter them 6-0 in the first leg!”
“ Smash em at home, reserve side 2nd leg assuming we have enough of a lead. If we can get 3 goals up in the first leg, there is no way in hell our 2nd side would lose by that many in the return leg. “
“Think the first leg at home will be a tricky one if Sheffield sit back – likely result is a small win so we’ll need to score goals in the 2nd leg when I expect Sheffield to go all out to win, they’ve nothing to loose then. “
“If Mason is available I think I’d still leave him out of the starting XI as Sheff Utd will be physical.”
“Sheffield United will work tirelessly, be combative and look to disrupt our play. We need to impose ourselves from the first whistle and take a healthy lead to Bramall Lane. I would not want to head there in a week’s time with a slender lead. “
“Personally I would play the first team get a big lead”
“Sheffield have nothing to lose, everything to gain . They will be up for it and want to surprise us.”
“Looking at their forums it took me a while to realise that UTB didnt mean Up The Bum”
“All those Blades fans calling us cocky for simply acknowledging that they are the rank outsiders to win the thing based on league level/form and then using outdated cliches and stereotypes to dismiss us such as the notion that we’re crap away from home and are just a bunch of Johnny Foreigners (even though our top scorer is English and 2 of our Englishmen came through THEIR academy).
Hmm, I know which sounds more cocky to me. “
“It’s just fans isn’t it? If we were playing Real madrid, we’d probably be critical of their ‘arrogance’ if they were equally as dismissive of us.
Nobody really likes to believe that their team is set for a pounding, expecially if they have decent recent history of beating PL teams in the cup.”
“I’m not taking them lightly but the teams they have beaten have been reserve teams of poor sides.
We will cruise through and face Chelsea in the final, repeat of 08?”
“ I don’t think it matters which league they are in, this is death or glory for them, there will be no prisoners taken and if we switch off we could get penetrated up the tradesman’s entrance with no lube and definitely no reach round!
The Blades have already knocked out 2 Premiership sides from cup competitions this year, they beat QPR to get to this semi-final and Southampton to progress in the FA Cup, anyone thinking this will be an easy games is a numpty of the highest order. “
“Sheffield United head to White Hart Lane hoping to claim their sixth Premier League scalp in the space of 12 months “
“Whats not to like about United?
They hate West Ham as much or even more than we do. Chalk one up in the plus column. “
“Just out of interest I checked the League One form guide.
Surprisingly Sheffield United are currently 19th out of 24 over the last 10 games. Obviously doesn’t count for much given how much of a charity we are to any out of form team, but it undermines the notion that they are in a good patch of form (which I also believed). “
MK Dons 1-0 Blades
“This is our year…..I believe !!!”
“Great to beat Sheffield United AGAIN after their fans arrogance on their forum”
“Very happy not the best game but didn’t expect it to be – good 3 points against a rival – we looked fairky solid other than a moment of deano falling asleep in the first half – these are the games we will look back on at the end of the season hopefully !!!”
“Sheff U are our personal biatches now. We ALWAYS beat the cheating scrotes so I don’t see why their verminous fans could ever go into a game against us with any degree of confidence at all. Makes it all the sweeter anyway.”
“Except for the fact that before today they won in their last 2 visits here…”
“Great battling performance. Two good teams. Clough and his red clad cronies were less obnoxious than normal. I really enjoyed it.”
“I still can’t get over how funny they are jumping up on masse whenever a decision goes against them.”
“I especially enjoyed some of the fans (who we outsung tremendously I thought) leaving early. I joined in with a heart ‘cheerio’.
I posted yesterday I’d have taken a point.
Now I taking a pint!”
“Anyone heard Cloughs interview on BBC?
Completely hung out their striker McNulty out to dry, saying “he should of ran around more like their striker” and saying that’s why he doesn’t start etc. I find this astonishing and so glad Robbo doesn’t criticise players in public. Jumping up and down from the bench every time they didn’t get a decision their way, the bloke annoys me. Im going to say it first, I much prefer Wednesday, and I thought their support was pretty shocking in terms of atmosphere.”
“Just sums up why Clough is a complete fucking idiot. Seems since he left Derby he’s desperately trying to be his Dad.”
“I really hope he heard our ‘constructive comments’ directed towards him today loudly and clearly.
Heh heh F- heh.”
“Sheffield United have only scored 30 goals this season compared to our 51”
“Thanks for the six points Sheff U”
“They attacked us in the air a lot. Our centre halves can cope with that.”
“JCR gave Lewington a tough time and he coped pretty well.”
“Not many teams do the double over Sheff Utd!”
“What a game! End to end stuff!”
“What a result and what a game!”
“Passionate physical game. Awesome double over Sheffield united!!!”
“Nigel, whats the score?”
Blades 2-1 Preston
“Ref was the biggest homer I have ever come across”
“Got sympathy for Koeman now with the way their bench reacts”
“Our players are dirty? They seem to forget Morgan nearly killed Hume! At least we are still above them”
“We were shit today but so was the ref”
“Time to stop being nice. Unacceptable today. “
“Joke of a ref”
“Definitely disappointing to come away from that… Ref absolutely mugged us but more importantly, we need new players and fast!!! “
“Just sack Grayson”
“That’s our first league defeat in quite a while. We were obviously deflated after our poor JPT exploits. “
“SG has just said on Radio Lancs that we were unlucky to loose today & that he felt that we were in the game until they scored a lucky 1st goal? “
“Negative Grayson costs us again. “
“it will be interesting to see what happened when Kennedy slid in on Ebanks-Blake ball across the box and colided with the post. Has our luck run out? “
“We need a striker”
“O’Grady would be a great signing for us”
“Sounds like the referee was a homer but a second second half where we’ve turned down the gas. “
“Ref cost us the game”
“I do hate all that “fill up my senses” rubbish. Heard it too often at that place. Lets just hope it is not another 30+ years until we win there again. “
“Sheff settled for 2 “
“Knocked out in the play-offs again is what’s going to happen. Bottle every single big game we play…. Pathetic. Just puts fans off going on… That’s why the crowds dwindle. “
“Something of a typical day at Bramhall Lane. “
“I’m sick to fucking death of Sheffield fucking United.
Just fuck off. “
“Agreed. It was laughable how many people who said the FA cup draw was a good one and slated anyone who said otherwise!! “
“We had the wind first half and should have ripped into them, thrown everything at them. Cautious dross though and we go in at half time having let them off the hook through trying not to lose the game instead of winning it.
They came out and battered us with the wind and strolled to victory. “
“One Lack of consistency today was the referee, than man in black today should have worn a blades home shirt he was so keen to do what the home fans wanted.
Totally out of his depth “
“Sheffield United supporters are not exactly famous for objectivity when it comes to appraising officials. Contrast their constant berating of the man in black for not booking north end players with what happens at Deepdale. “
“Well that was disappointing but as the North End fans were singing towards the end “2-1 to the referee” says it all. I’ll give you a few examples, Humphrey attacks their defenders, their player moves into his path and takes him out no foul given, play goes down our end and they get their 2 nd. Ball is kicked in to our half, we appeal for offside linesman keeps his fag down, shot come in but misses and goes out of play linesman then flags for offside. Their player jumps into KD ref waves play on, KD tussles for a ball but is stronger than their player and wins the ball foul given. At the end of the game we are on the attack, ref blows for pushing by KD but no one else saw the push, Sheffield Utd players don’t appeal for foul and pressure is received from Sheffield Utd box. I could go on but I don’t have enough time.
A point would have been a fair result! “
“It did sound like the ref had an awful game.”
“We gave away 21 fouls…………that’s a foul every 4.5 minutes. “
“But in most games over half of those would not have been given as a foul, you only had to breath on one of their players and they fell over and the ref gave them a free kick “
“Go to an away match and the referee more often than not,show’s an obvious bias to the home team.Get back to Deepdale and that bias mysteriously disappear’s.The last ‘homer’ I can remember was Uriah Rennie,when he set up Ryan Kidd for the winning goal against Barnet about 20 year’s ago “