Pre-Match View From Bristol City

“Massive game this one for both sides. Get that shithouse of out net and I don’t really mind the rest of the side. Johnson actually matched Sheffield United’s 3 atb at our place and we beat them so we might do the same but I personally wouldn’t.”

“even the good teams have struggled to contain United at home playing convential 442 it more modern 433 formations. “

“if we play like we against Ipswich, and play that keeper, 3 easy points for Utd, hope I’m wrong”

“I have to say how impressed I have been Sheffield Utd over the past 2 seasons. They haven’t broken the bank and play with a real unity. Will take something special to stop them going up.”

“Sheffield Utd are on a roll and i fancy them to go up. If we go up there and perform like we have lately it could be bad!”

“They were shite at ours this season. Think they only had one shot on target, can see them scoring 2/3 Saturday though without reply.”

“cant play the kiwi keeper. we need to play max or search out a keeper who is not contracted to a club. god knows who”

“Blades have won 6 and drawn 1 in their last 7”

“And by all accounts not conceded at home since Dec 26th! Oh dear. Oh very dear”

“In the league….but the mighty Barnet stuffed them at Bramall Lane in the cup in January….so all is not lost…”.

“A record like that can’t last forever and is there to be shot at. Johnson should inspire the players to raise their game and be the team that breaks the run. Highly unlikely of course, but it can be done.”

“got a great result at leeds. got lucky at times. luck will run out soon . going to put both teams to score in my bet for our game with them.”

“I’m going up and for some reason am confident of a point”

“they are due a loss”

“Got a feeling we are going to win at sheff united.”

“I think the break will certainly help us. It may not Sheff U who certainly are on a god run. If we turn up we have a good chance of getting something, Our team is set up well for playing away from home. “

“We’re poor after international breaks.”

“to be honest this season has been a record breaking season in a way with wins at Brentford/Ipswich etc so perhaps we can shock them and score a goal in our 4-1 defeat”

“if we get a corner I expect on recent performances, forget a goal.”

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Republic Of Ireland Fans Views On McGoldrick and Stevens against Georgia

Ireland Fans On McGoldrick

“McGoldrick brilliant tonight. Irish players usually only get standing ovations like that when they are retiring.”

“Can’t remember the last time a player got an ovation like that leaving the field at Lansdowne. Brilliant stuff from McGoldrick”

“Impressive performance by mcgoldrick tonight. Can’t remember the last time we said that about an Ireland player”

“Billy Joel didn’t getting the standing ovation at the Aviva that Big Dave McGoldrick got.”

“Superb performance from David McGoldrick! Looks a class above everyone else.”

“Man of the match has to be McGoldrick, really looking forward to seeing more him!”

“mcgoldrick > long”

“David McGoldrick is the best striker in the world”

“David McGoldrick best player on the pitch tonight, unreal performance up front on his own.”

“McGoldrick a cult hero in the making”

“McGoldrick was excellent”

“McGoldrick’s was outstanding”

“Mcgoldrick is a great player.”

“Much improved”

“McGoldrick deserved a goal. Worked his socks off”

“Some performance from mcgoldrick”

“McGoldrick plays for Sheffield United and uses his body better than Lukaku”

“A whiff of Firmino from McGoldrick’s performance; where he picked the ball up, how he used it, how hard he worked. Knitted the whole thing together”

“If Ireland can get Bamford in, him and McGoldrick will be class together”

“McGoldrick was sensational.. It’s like what would happen if Ronaldo and Caleb Folan had a baby”

“why is McGoldrick getting his arse licked? Absolute wank”

“HITNOF can McGoldrick be MOTM ??? He was dismal.”

“How McGoldrick was man of the match there is beyond me. Useless”

“David McGoldrick leaves the field to a standing ovation, crowd must have missed him basically showing all the striking capabilities of a donkey tonight”

“Can’t fault him for effort but McGoldrick is a shit Jon Walters.”

“Who the fuck is McGoldrick? He is utterly mince. Constantly caught offside and shoots from anywhere, usually hitting the corner flag.”

“How does McGoldrick hold down a place in Sheffield Utd team?”

“How many chances does McGoldrick need”

“McGoldrick’s shite”

“Mcgoldrick is a donkey”

“McGoldrick wouldn’t score in a massive barrel of wet fannies”

“McGoldrick is non league quality”

Ireland Fans Views On Enda Stevens

“Stevens and McGoldrick were very very good.”

“Stevens and McGoldrick were the stand outs”

“Enda Stevens is some upgrade from Stephen ward, very tidy player”

“Stevens brilliant”

“Was great, really grabbed his chance”

“Enda Stevens brilliant at left back”

“Class performance!”

“Thought Enda Stevens was the excellent.”

“Impressive”

“Had a great game tonight”

“Enda Stevens and Coleman very good again would be nice to see Doherty fit into the system some way though.”

“Some of Stevens cross field balls are questionable.”

“Not sure about Enda Stevens”

“he doesn’t make a lot of runs down the wing or get involved too much.”

“I can’t understand why they don’t play Doherty at left back. Had played there many times for Wolves and is a much better player than Enda Stevens.”

“Most unconvincing McClean/Stevens partnership since Don McClean and Shaking Stevens did that American Pie/Green Door mash up.”

“It’ll be 20 past 10 and Enda Stevens will still be running by McClean expecting a pass and not getting one”

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Republic Of Ireland Fans Views On McGoldrick and Stevens against Gibraltar

Ireland Fans On McGoldrick

“Was a strong option for Ireland up front, consistently making himself available to be found down the flanks. Was unlucky when his goal-bound flick from a Coleman cross was blocked by a defender.He provided the assist for the opener, finding Hendrick well with a tidy pullback. A decent reintroduction to the international scene.”

“McGoldrick was excellent for the goal, tidy player”

“Brilliant play from McGoldrick & good finish Hendrick!”

“Was decent today” “Mcgoldrick > Ozil”

“looked decent on the ball tonight”

“I thought Hourihane was our best player, McGoldrick was alright. Nobody else offered anything”

“He set up our goal. Been busy. Decent enuf today i think”

“McGoldrick is like Bobby Firmino. Needs quality round him. People know fuck all about football man”

“Chris Wilder must have David McGoldrick gumming coke constantly when he’s playing for blades, looked shite here “

“Mcgoldrick and a football is a miserable combination!”

“McGoldrick is a pile of Shit seriously”
“He’s actually muck”

“David McGoldrick being allowed to call himself a striker is injustice to strikers and the sport of football as a whole. Absolute joke”

“mcgoldrick, rubbish isnt the word”

“David McGoldrick is the worst football player that’s ever played for Ireland.”

“David Mcgoldrick isn’t even related to a footballer”

“Surely McGoldricks last cap, nowhere near the level required”

“Anna McGoldrick would make more of an impression than her namesake”

“McGoldrick, Stevens and McClean looked dire


Ireland Fans Views On Stevens

“With Stephen Ward retiring, there is a big opportunity for him to nail down the left-back berth. Picked up silly booking for kicking the ball away.” “Stevens a rare positive tonight”

“He reminds of one of the great left backs of international football at the time that got his career ended so quickly by a criminal kick. JIM BEGLIN.”

“Had nothing to do defensively, but did not really display that trademark cavalier style we have become accustomed to seeing at Sheffield United. Gibraltar got some space down the left in the closing stages, which was not helped by McClean’s uncharacteristically porous nature in front of him.”

“Stevens’ use of the ball was terrible.”

“Stevens didn’t complete one successful pass id say. Either a hoof up the line or out of play.” Was rubbish like the rest of our outfield.”

“Gotta give credit to Wilder. He gets the best out of his players like Stevens and McGoldrick”

“Sheffield United’s style does suit having a wing-back in a back three though. It is quite cavalier.”

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Loan Updates

Ricky Holmes, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Caolan Lavery have all been out injured for the majority of the month whilst Samir Carruthers has only made a few substitute appearances.

Wigan Fans Views On Leon Clarke

“Despite what the Sheffield United fans may have told us Leon Clarke is still one of the worst players to have played for Wigan in recent times. Donkey doesn’t even come close.”

“How does Clarke get a start?”

“He’s fucking thick Clarke”

“He was terrible”

“Sure we bought Clarke and not bogle ffs. Learn the offside rule”

“When will Clarke get onside?”

“Has Leon Clarke been onside once yet?”
“clarke is shocking wow”

“Clarke as much use as a ripped Johnny”

“Jurassic Clarke was absolute garbage today”

“Anyone who turned up for free yesterday to watch Leon Clarke got ripped off”

“Poor game or not, the amount of abuse Clarke took from our fans today was fucking embarrassing. Had to be dragged away from smacking a Latics fan who was abusing him today. Scored more goals from open play than Grigg this season.”

“5-2 even Leon Clarke scored ”

“One of the signs of the apocalypse: Leon Clarke scores”

Fleetwood Town Fans Views On Ched Evans



“Another quiet afternoon for Evans but not through fault of trying”

“Held the ball up well but had limited service and supply. Could have done better with header from Rydel cross and for once a bit too static in the box defensively. Goals came from the zones he was marking – could he have stopped them?”

“Fleetwood’s best player on the night. A real captain’s performance. Could have done better with some of his chances but lead from the front well”

“Back in a front two and the switch suited him. Lead the line well, asked questions of Plymouth’s defence and put a real shift in.”

“Led the line superbly tonight, I thought he was the talisman for the team and obviously, he got his goal.”

“About time hes been shite last 3 games”

“does this mean he’s signing for us seems a bit odd to have a loanee as captain otherwise”

Guiseley Fans Views On Marcus Dewhurst

“Made an excellent stop from a powerful header.”

“I felt really sorry for Marcus Dewhurst – he has been brilliant for us since his arrival .”

“can we stop lavishing praise on Dewhurst? He is so obviously better than this level that if we keep drawing attention to it some bugger with more money than us will sign him. We know he’s a great keeper now let’s keep that to ourselves!”

“Dewhurst the exception on last nights performance, two top saves and another decent one.”

“Made some great saves”

“Dewhurst gifted them the goal.”

“Can blame Marcus Dewhurst for their goal but his overall game is way ahead of our other two keepers and how many times has he saved us from a tonking?”

Guiseley Fans Views On George Cantrill

“Did well”

“Cantrill broke things up well”

“had a particularly good game last night.”

“He was great last night”

Doncaster Fans Views Tyler Smith

“caused problems immediately when he come on”

“He lacks game time”

“Only in the last 5 minutes did we realise that he needs the ball playing to feet”

“After those 2 goals, not much to write home about”

“Added pace when Rovers desperately needed to relieve pressure but lost concentration close to the end when he allowed the ball to run out when he could have played to the free Marquis. ”

Carlisle United Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“quality player but either not yet fit or not quite at it at the moment.”

“Doubt he.ll even get a start try asking the Sheff Utd fans why hes playing for his career at Carlisle.”

“Thomas looks dangerous”

“Thomas certainly has something about him.”

“at times, superb”

“My kind of player. I grew up on Coppell, John Robertson and the peerless Davie Cooper at Celtic.
He is a real handful. Pacy, great drop of the shoulder an quick feet. Can imagine him playing much higher up than Div 4 if he could somehow bottle the magic moments and produce them more often.
He controlled the ball a couple of times today when I thought that no other player on the pitch could have managed.
You can imagine being a fullback and being concerned about the afternoon ahead.
He should really have scored a hat-trick. A centre forward may have done but that’s what you get from wingers.”

“Looked sharp and was unlucky not to score more.

Carlisle United Fans Views On Regan Slater

“I think in recent games has improved as he’s getting more game time but again looks better further forward.”

“too light weight”

“once again a weak link”

“another largely anonymous day”

“Slater was decent, midfield not as strong at the minute.”

“Slater seems to be more comfortable now with the ugly side of things and like on Saturday started really well.”

“Works hard to get back, as well as find space up front.”

“learning all the time”

Blackpool Fans Views On Ben Heneghan

“Aerially dominant and produced some impressive last-ditch blocks” “Impressed again”

“Stepped up in Curtis Tilts absence and produced some vital blocks and clearances to deal with a dangerous Doncaster side.”

“Utterly dominant in the air and produced some heroic blocks late on”

“Ran ragged by Bristol Rovers strikers and showed up for his lack of pace. Also committed some needless fouls”

“Pulled out of position to cover for others, which opened up gaps elsewhere. Came close to pulling one back at the death.”

Peterborough United Fans Views On Daniel Lafferty

“did OK and had a lot of space to work in”

“Lafferty was reliable”

“Lafferty was turned inside out as was Naismith.”

“Lafferty is not a centre half and we paid the penalty for playing him there”

“Truly awful today”

“Lafferty must the worst loan signing since Simon Gillett & Kenny McAvoy.”

“showed why he is a league one player tonight at most, no right foot and very little tricks in the locker.”

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View From Leeds

“Gutted isn’t a strong enough description but we’ve played well today, freak results will happen we’re virtually guaranteed a play off spot so the first time in years our season is going to run until the end”

“I know we can’t let this game define our season but feels crushing, physically and mentally. Big 9 games to follow and no longer in our hands. Let’s hope this game isn’t the difference between automatic and play offs. I don’t think I could deal with play offs!”

“It feels a lot better having played well. Had a bad feeling at half time we had missed The boat. We’re at the point now though where we can’t afford to drop many if any more points. Seven clean sheets in a row for Sheffield is terrific form”

“I think Wilder got it spot on, which really pains me to say…. they didn’t press us…. just let us have the ball in our own half… and kept it tight in their half…. Wilder sussed out that we get anxious if we don’t score…. they had 30% and 10 shots compared to our 70 % and 17 shots…. this really worries me…. it’s the blueprint of how to beat us…”

“At least we played well Sheffield can’t defend like that for what’s left of the season they’ll drop points”

“Sums up most of our losses this season. Don’t take chances, killed by individual errors.Bit more composure and we’d be as good as up all ready.
Don’t feel we’ve had the breaks and Got mugged today.We dust ourselves off and go again. One of Norwich or the blunts will blink in the run in. , need to make sure we we don’t too. “

“Gutted for the lads cos Sheffield United did not deserve 3 points but when you don’t put your chances away then you can get punished.”

“Dominated game. Couldn’t finish.”

“they mugged us – as we mugged them at their place in December, two draws would have been about right – so we both gain 3 points each instead of two!…. Hows that for a positive slant?
Stop moaning we played well, missed a couple of golden opportunities to go ahead and generally were the better team. We will beat most teams in this division. “

“We can also say that SU had a great chance before half time but fluffed it. It’s about scoring goals not if’s and maybe’s. The fact is SU have a better defence and score more goals and sit above Leeds in the league. Leeds might play some very attractive football and have most possession but unless they convert chances and stop making mistakes at the back it’ll be playoffs. “

“They’ve scored one more goal and they’ve had far more penalties than we have.”

“We were unlucky in some respects but eventually just have to admit some teams are more consistent.”

“They didn’t make the mistake we did. They scored we didn’t. That’s what will take them up.”

“Their defence will get them up. Ours is shaky and I just wish they’d stop jumping in trying to win the ball first when it’s obvious the attacker has it”

“Forget top 2. SU aren’t going anywhere but up. Their defence is immense and hardly any team will score against them the rest of the season. “

“Sheffield utd defended excellently.”

“We were the better side by far but didn’t take our chances”

“Nothing in today’s performance that was bad apart from the usual failure to convert chances. Harrison’s volley, Roberts hitting the post, Jannson’s miss were all great chances so all the praise for Sheff Utd’s defence doesn’t really sit well with me. On another day they concede 3 or more. 17 shots we had 0 on target that is the crux of today’s performance. Sheff Utd had less chances, only had 1 on target but scored. They didn’t even create the goal we gifted it to them.”

“The pressure’s now off us and on them, let’s see how they handle it. Alioski was also pushed in the back in the box by Baldock second half, not even considered by the ref. We’ve had sh it refs all season.”

“baldock should of seen red first half, we hit the post and gifted them there goal. We were unlucky.”

“Alioski knocked down in their box no foul seconds later Sharpe knocked down in Leeds half ref gives a foul for similar contact. if there is any luck in game it rarely falls to Leeds. “

“Alioski is an olympic class diver. “

“Basham shouldn’t have been on the pitch. Hate Sheffield Utd, always have.”

“Refs have bottled sending players us off against us v Brentford, Nottingham Forest (away), Blunts (2 away, 1 at home), that’s 5 red cards off the top of my head. We’ve had one red card against us in two seasons, Bristol City at home which Johnson cried about even though it was blatant. Promotions are won and lost on these things. ”

“Just one of those days. Blunts came with a plan and it worked. They defend as a team. We rarely do. No point blaming the subs either when they came on we had a couple of golden chances. They didn’t go in.”

“One of those days when you outclass the opponent and lose ..Poor reffing hasn’t helped”

“Rank bad result, got beat by a team that just came to rough us up and hoped for 0-0.Very unjust result, but yet again we failed to take our chances.
Still 8 games to go and we’re only a point behind them. They mugged us today – w**kers”

“Sheffield united had a bit of luck, defended well and everything that could go wrong for ys did.”

“Unfortunately promotions are won on luck and we’ve had none all season while Blunts and Norwich have had so much. Another ref bottling a red card against us, these things cost promotions.”

“we’ve had no luck when blunts and Norwich have had it in spades.”
“Blades are jammy bastards who deserved nothing today.
Hopefully Norwich and SU’s luck runs out and we start getting it all.
What I saw today we are a miles better football team than Sheffield United”

“They got all the luck and we got nothing. “

“they are due to lose a bit of luck at some point”

“They are on a great run at the moment, as are Norwich. We had ours coming up to the new year. Theirs will end at some point, whether we are breathing down their necks when it happens is entirely up to us.
was all set up for a Leeds win and we got mugged.
Sheff UTD have a few tricky games to come (as do we) so its still all up for grabs.”

“Some blades fans think they are already there..we’ll see.”

“Just don’t want to think of another season in this shitty league. Sky moving all our games, Keith Andrews talking bollocks, losing our best players, 10 men behind the ball every game. Not going up after the way we’ve played would be both disastrous and unfair”

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Pre-Match View From Leeds

“A win here would be a huge boost for us and open a small gap between the clubs, a draw is not the worst result we could have but a loss would make them jump above us in the table.
We have only beaten them twice in the last 12 league and cup meetings.
Those stats are not in our favour but if we can get our act together on the day we can get a result, expect it to be tight and not many goals.
I’m expecting a hard fought draw to be honest but my heart always believes the best and we can nick it late for the win.”

“What an important game this is, at this point in the season. A win, and we’re 5 points ahead of3rd place with 8 games to go, a defeat and we’re down to 3rd, and hoping for the teams above us to drop points!
If we play like we did against WBA, we’ll be fine. If we don’t, we could get turned over by a resilient opponent. If you offered me a draw now, I think I’d take it!”

“We’re in absolutely tip top form at the moment playing some lovely stuff. If we continue in the same vein we will win the game and that would be just fantastic. A draw isn’t a disaster at this stage of the season, let’s just make sure we don’t lose. It should be an absolute cracker”

“Even thinking about this one is giving me palpitations. Was discussing with my dad last night and he reckons this is the biggest game we’ve had in about 15 years – I struggled to think of a bigger one. Same starting line-up for the 50th game in a row, for me.
The main challenge I can see is that nobody really understands Shef Utd’s tactics. They play a really weird form of pressing/counter-football that teams just haven’t been able to nullify. I’m praying Bielsa will pull a tactical masterclass and we can keep these amazing stylish wins going.”

“I havent been able to concentrate at work thinking about this game, Ill be worse tomorrow, I keep telling myself its 3 points at stake just like any other game but thats not working, will relax a bit if we win but would be happy with a draw to keep that gap”

“Sheffield United on a great run at the moment, something like 33 points in their last 14 games – This would be a massive win for us, I’ll take a draw”

“One things for certain, Sheff Utd will attack, and attack again. They don’t concede many. We have to score first, that’s been the trend for the most part this season. On Saturday it’s imperative. “

“Sheffield United have not conceded a goal in 6 matches. Good defence or mediocre opposition? A little of both maybe? “

“We haven’t conceded in 3”

“Surely the pressure is more on Sheff Utd? They lose its a 5 point gap. We lose its 1 point. I know it’s stating the bleeding obvious but I’m as nervous as hell already”

“If we are ‘on it’, we will win. But if we show even the slightest weakness, then they will take us.
It will require a fair and strong referee.
I think we will win.”

“Cant see Sheffield United winning tbh.”

“Do Norwich or Sheffield Utd actually ever lose a game?”

“Massive advantage for Norwich and Sheff Utd that apart from Ipswich and Sheff Weds no one gives a toss about playing them”

“Seriously what is with every other team rolling over for Norwich and Sheffield United?”

“Villa eventually drew with Sheff U after they had trailed 3-0 til the 82nd min Wilder said that Villas first 82 min goal got the crowd whipped up and Villa ended drawing. Crowd impact he said. That’s precisely what ER will deliver Sat. but our noise will wake the Gods !”

“Let’s invoke the spirit of 1990. Same opponents and similar situation. One of my most favourite matches I ever attended.”

“Wilder’s done a very decent job there. He’s also bought well. Norwood and McGoldrick have done well for them. However, I really disliked the way they set up when we played them. Clear instructions to “get into” us. Some appalling challenges. Lost my respect.”

“The blades were pretty dirty our last game.”

“They will do the same again because clubs are aware you give leeds space and they do tend to tear you a new one”

“Got a LOT of time for Wilder. Probs most under-rated coach in EFL” “Difficult not to admire Wilder. Speaks s lot of sense and from what I’ve seen/read always complementary about rivals.”

“Although I hope we smash them at the weekend I don’t mind Sheff U or Chris Wilder, would be good if we both went up!”

“The championship is tight, yet us, Norwich and Sheff Utd are so much better than the rest of the league. Not one of us deserves to miss out.If any of those teams don’t make it, but a team that finished 10 points below 3rd that’s a joke. Evil format. ”

“Whatever happens this season, fair fucking play to whoever gets autos this season. If (god forbid) it’s both Norwich and Sheffield United, they’ve played magnificently all season. May the best two win”

“know this is not the done thing before a Yorkshire derby, but I quite like Sheffield United. A real football club, a good, and respectful manager, who has class when he talks. Hope we both go up tbh”

“Be nice to see Sheffield utd go up with us perfect scenario”

“Hope us and sheff u go up no ones gives a shit about Norwich shit club with shit fans just fuck off you twats”

“I don’t care who gets the second automatic promotion spot with us… so long as it’s Sheff U”

“Would like to see Sheffield United promoted but it’s gotta be through the play offs it seems lads”

“There is no need for an outbreak of reasonableness”

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View From Brentford

Blades 2-0 Brentford

“We deserved nothing out of that game – created so little against 10 men. Well played Sheffield Utd. Thoroughly deserved the win.”

“Shows the strength of their squad and the limitations of ours tbh. They are a well drilled team, we play some brilliant football but are sometimes open to a rolling over. Good luck to them”

“Credit where it’s due, Sheffield United’s defending was impressive. Lots of bodies thrown in front of shots. Still can’t believe we lost that game. Christ knows how their keeper got man of the match either. Opportunity wasted”

“8 clean sheets in a row. That’s what a goalkeeper and dominant centre halves bring. Couldn’t get a look in within 8 yards of their goal. “

“Fair play to Sheffield, rock solid at the back and earned their 3 points.”

“Well done lads, we battled hard but couldn’t get through, very difficult trying to pass your way through against 2 rows of 4 who know how to defend.”

“Sheffield utd have shown why they’re up there when we arnt. Solid, uncomplicated and a real grit.”

“They showed us why they are where they are, defended solidly and took their limited chances.”

“We have imo much better players than them but they have moulded a much better team, part of their dna that we don’t have is heart and balls, we would have lost at least 4-1 had we gone down to 10 men whilst a goal ahead.”

“They work hard as a team and get their rewards. I still wouldn’t swap most of their side for most of ours though.
However imo we could learn from the kind of shift they’ll be expected to put in when they don’t have the ball – that’s the aspect where they have the edge on us I think (as well as doing the simple things well rather than always trying to score an Arsenal goal). “

“It was a frustrating game. I was impressed with them first 10 mins and they looked a decent side, looking to play it in behind at every opportunity. We got into it after that and dominated rest of the half.
But as second half went on it was clear it was gonna be one of those nights, ridiculous amount of possession and I lost count of how many corners and shots we just wasted away. Trying to play intricate tippy tappy football on the edge of the box against two banks of 4 defenders and literally having no other outlet was never gonna get us anything. True on another night Mokotjos shot wound have gone in and Maupay would have converted the wonderful Barbet cross in the first half but credit to them and Wilder as they deserved it for hanging on for so long. You just knew they’d get a second as the game wore on.”

“29 shots, 70% possession. Conceded a second against the run of play. Stereotypical game. Never mind. We go again Saturday! Come on Brentford!”

“They hung on well with ten men, I don’t think they played that great with 11. They worked really hard and broke quick.”

“Beaten by a dogged, workmanlike and quite unappealing team. If they go up, us and several other clubs will see a big opportunity missed. Fair play to them. Like Cardiff last year, they just got it done.”

“they play some good football, tonight they’ve dug in because they were down to 10 men. Comparing them to Cardiff is just wrong.”

“Agree and they buy players that work for their system. They did a job on us earlier this year and thought they were impressive.”

” I thought overall Sheffield Utd were very impressive. Madine was an idiot and really gave us a chance. We didn’t really threaten enough though – I do not care what the stats say. I always felt they were likely to get a second goal but just how poor was our defending for that? Hats off to Wilder for bringing on McGoldrick and Sharp to give them a threat on the counter. We relied too much on Benrahma and tried to play into the heart of their defence which is their strength. Much to learn from tonight. Shows how much further we have to improve to become contenders.”

“Not sure they were that impressive…. before we gifted them the first they were chasing shadows and couldn’t get near us.
Having said that they defended well until we gifted them a second. “

“Franks out thought by Wilder tonight”

“Credit where it’s due clever substations by them”

“Their substitutions were made out of sheer desperation.”

“He could have bought defenders on but two experienced forwards were enough to see the game out.”

“Even a against 10 men a team in 14th shouldn’t be going away to the team in 3rd and dominating like that.”

“Leeds will beat Sheffield on Saturday, they are nothing special. Just we bottled it”

“Imagine where we’d be if we could defend like them…”

“I know. 8 behind the ball and hoof.
I would love it. “

“If only we had two CH’s like theirs ……………………………………. “

“Wish O’Connell had played like that for us!”

“Sheffield United are good as what they do. From what I saw JOC and Egan were excellent tonight for them but still don’t think our style suits either of them and they are in a team that plays to their strength.”

“As well as Egan has done since his move. We all know he turns as quick as an articulated truck. Run at him, Turn him inside out, just keep the ball out of the air.”

“Football can make you feel physically sick sometimes”

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Pre-Match View From Brentford

“Real tricky one. I think a lot will depend on the injury situation. Heart says we can get something out of it, but head says a loss.”

“More worried about this one than Middlesbrough”

“Game to far for us, injuries catch up”

“Kid in goal, kid at centre half, what could go wrong?”

“Team has to be very drilled on Utd’s set-piece routines at corners, Rovrum switched off for their 1st goal and nearly conceded another. Routine seems to involve a diagonal run from outside the D into the box to meet a flat pass from the corner kick. Also love a short corner routine.”

“Defensively … we will need to do a little better, I think and on Tuesday at Sheffield United. So many clubs in this division play boring, negative and lack lustre football … not us ! On our day, we are an absolute joy to watch.
We can still make the play offs. One game at a time and see where we stand this time next week.”

“3 or 4 points from the next two games and I think we can certainly think of a play off push. Let make no mistake Sheffield United away will be tough. They haven’t even conceded a goal in their last 7 home games. In fact I’ll put my neck out if we get 6 points from the next two games we will finish 6th. We also have the best goal difference outside the top 5 which is an extra point.”

“Last 6 in league, they conceded against Derby and lost to Barnet in the cup.
…and look at the last 6 opposition…
Blackburn (3-0 All 3 scored when 10v10)
QPR (1-0)
Bolton (2-0)
Middlesbrough (1-0 Mid 10 men for last 25min)
Reading (4-0)
Rotherham (2-0 Rot with 10 men for last hour)
Its a tall order but not as bad as their headline home form would suggest.”

“they are the best team in the league at home. No doubting they are favourites but maybe not quite as much so as their recent home form would initially suggest – and maybe they have half an eye on their match with Leeds on the following Saturday. Apologies for dealing in “maybe’s” but I guess that is the nature of this thread.In any case maybe this is one of the two or three we can afford to lose.”

“They’ve got half an eye on Leeds away on Saturday”

“Still think it’s too tall a hill…but admit I’ll start hoping in a meaningful way if we beat Utd away Tuesday.”

“I’m usually the most negative depressing person going, but I just have a feeling that we aren’t going to lose again this season.”

“We’re coming for you, we’re coming for you. Average teams in the playoffs, we’re coming for you!”

“think Utd will go up so be a good ground to tick off the list”

“3/1 away win – WOW”

“Is Mick Foley going to play ? Wouldn’t put it past SU suits their style of play.”

“I don’t think there’s any real bad feeling towards John Egan. 4 million based on his performances for us was a great deal, if he’s suddenly become Beckenbauer for them then fair enough!”

“John Egan is a player who doesn’t suit our style but suits there’s very well. Fair play, a good move for all concerned.”

“The absolute perfect fit for them. Still shaky with the ball at his feet but an absolute rock when in the air. Great business for both sides”

“he is a decent and likeable player. I hope he plays Premier League football next year, plus his Dad is a legend.”

“I hope he does well and goes up, if for no other reason than to keep Leeds down.”

“If they offered him back to us for £4m we wouldn’t want him. Not even confident we’d bother if they offered him for £2m.
Good deal for both clubs.”

“Doubtful they would get much more if they sold him now, despite their great season. Good luck to him though, I think it’s fair to say that Wilder is a much better coach of defenders than Smith, with a more suitable playing style, and they’re a very good team. Worked out for all parties.”

“to think Wilder was on our shopping list as a Manager not so long ago. Before he went to Oxford IIRC.”

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View From Rotherham

“One of the worst games I`ve ever been to….and I`ve seen some sh*t !
How on earth are they near the top of the league,truely awful team,I hope they get promoted cause it wil be hillarious next season watching them playing decent teams.
If it had stayed 11 v 11 we would have got something out of it,can someone please tell our players what colour we play,because we seem incapable of passing to a team-mate,bloody crap seats as well.”

“Frustrating game. Didn’t really create much, sat back and let them knock it around and then 10 men and a goal down, uphill task. Today was a free hit. Teams playing each other around us and sheff u are were they are. We should’ve just gone for it.”

“Did we even have a shot on goal today? I think somebody needed to tell the players it was a local derby as well, the lack of intensity was a joke today, pathetic performance”

“Weather was terrible, game was terrible, atmosphere terrible! A true non event of a day. ”

“They are Clearly 10x better than us and people just can’t accept that. wasn’t outstanding today or at our ground but 2 games isn’t a season”

” Goal down, man down against one of best teams in the league, game over. A couple of wonderful saves from Rodak the rest was boring and how quiet are their crowd? Given the numbers and league position our fans would be raising the roof, and singing songs that we hadn’t stolen. Overall got what I expected but disappointed all the same and now 3 games without our captain. “

“End of the day did what they needed to do after the sending off…..hate losing to them as much as”

“if I’d been a Blades fan, I’d be using the well worn phrase “Well, you can only play what’s put in front of you”

“It’s an insult to the fans.
Not one shot on target says it all in a local derby.
The manager is happy with losing that sums it up.”

“So let’s be right sending off changed game, whether it was red or not, we were the better team leading up to the sending off and causing them some problems but we will never know”

“Showed nothing going forward after Vaulks was sent off which is understandable, defended quite well and restricted Sheff Utd, Rodak made some great saves as well, Shame the game was over as a contest as we looked in the game with 11 men”

“Never a red that today, ruined game and they didn’t go for it but fuck me they’re average. Too many players all over pitch for us we’re poor but it’s not a game you expect points from”

“Up until Vaulks’s moment of madness we were making a decent fist of it despite conceding a sloppy early goal. After that it was just pure tedium. Not a good day to be a Miller and Sheffield United didn’t play that well either but thoroughly deserved their win. “

“Certainly a day to forget.
Understandably up against it down to 10 men.
Could have been worse.”

“Sheff u better side today but reckon they’ll have to settle for playoffs”

“The thing that riles me most was although we were 1 down prior to Vaulks being dismissed, we were steadily coming back into the game with 4 chances flashed across their goal and with two Corners back to back while applying good pressure, then Vaulks sees red.”

“We built ourselves a mountain to climb with a sloppy early goal.
Vaulks then put an extension on top of it with a moment of stupidity. “

“Vaulks challenge 100% a red card. Why wouldn’t it be, arrived late and could’ve potentially injured their man. Also very uncalled for when he could’ve took a yellow and dragged him down or just stood him up. With full 11 could’ve got a point from that unlikely but possible”

“Just had another look at the foul. Thought Vaulks had won the ball at first but he didn’t did he? He had to be sent off. Pretty clear cut in the end. Silly boy very unnecessary. “

“Thought we were holding our own despite being behind but the red card made it so much more difficult when you’re already chasing the game. From my seat, we knew what was coming but it definitely looked worse from the ref’s angle having seen a replay of it.”

“for such an important game it was pathetic what Vaulks did. No thought given before diving in like he did. I’m not surprised he’s not been sent off before now this season he’s so hot headed. How many times have we seen him being over vociferous with officials and been lucky not to get cards for it? “

“I’ve seen a few comments saying it was a 2 footed challenge, it wasn’t, his left leg is trailing.
It was dangerous play, but I’m not convinced from the replays I’ve seen that he made contact with the player, and not that the player went into the tackle.
Will RUFC try to contest on the off chance they can reduce ban?”

” Just seen the challenge of Vaulks did look clumsy but I have seen just yellows given for those. Their lad did make the most of it as well.Would the ref have given the same decision if it had been a blunt player I wonder?”

“Just seen it back and I think diff day diff ref and it’s a yellow. Hes well early for the tackle and if it had been a tackle on a Rotherham player say Taylor he would have jumped the guy but think their player plays for the foul”

“Rolled around like he had been shot, physio didn’t even come on the field and he got up straight after the red came out. “

“Not a red I don’t think, clearly jumps in before the player is even near him just to block off his path, the player then runs into Vaulks as he’s on the floor to get the free kick and makes the most of it, yellow card”

“Clumsy challenge roly
No intent just clumsy”

“They made it look very dramatic and had that tackle been from a striped shirt it would have been a yellow at best. “

“very very very harsh red card. bless robertson aswell when he was injured we basically had 9 men for 15 minutes. that ref ruined the game for me”

“The ball was there to be won. It’s a local derby”

“Looking back on when we first met, I cannot escape and I’ll never forget. Leauge One you’re the one. You still turn me on. Rotherham’s coming home again…(Although I’d like to be proved wrong.)”

“Didn’t agree with the stick some of our fans were giving Dean Henderson today. Totally uncalled for. Seems a decent guy that can take and give honest banter, but didn’t deserve the horrible chants that were thrown at him. “

“He shouldn’t be snap chatting 15 year olds then”

“Our fans aren’t exactly great but neither are any of these big clubs with quality fans tbh. These didn’t sing until 91st minute and half of their ground was leaving in 87th”

“Not too disappointed with that. We gave what we could in the circumstances and battled hard. Class response from all 4 stands for Tony’s late wife”

Sheff Utd we’re class today and it will be close at the top. Thought the reception for Mrs Stewart was brilliant from both sets of fans”

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Pre-Match View From Rotherham

“Why should we fear Sheff Utd? They were very very lucky at ours and had it not been for Henderson with outstanding worldie saves they could have lost 6-2 and could not have argued at that scoreline.
Yes they are where they are by sheer effort and determination and well done to them, unlike their poor piggy neighbours.
We are undefeated for 6 and surely must go forward with a strong mental attitude. Bring them on I say, we do not fear them.
So long as we go out with a strong and positive mental attitude, it should carry us well”

“A lot better at home but they are not a footballing side.Beatable but we’ve got to get the team selection right from the start”

“same as all theses teams in this league give the too much room and they will run straight through you as corporal Jones said they don’t like it up em bring them on when the game gets stretched I can smell our first away win this season”

“3 points coming our way Saturday.”

“I do think that we’ll battle out a draw again” “Good time to play them. Straight after a derby game. Improbable that we win but certainly not impossible. The only thing to fear is fear itself. Lets have a 1980 result lads.”

“Anything is possible in this league and if we show a bit more positive and confidence away from home then why can’t we get a result.”

“We’re 6 unbeaten lads, we should respect their position but do what we do, it’s a funny old game innit, you never know, do you…”

“expect the worst and hope for the best. I doubt we will win its not a happy hunting ground better record at the sty.But you never know we could nick a point if things go well.”

“I’m going and looking forward to the game but more in hope than expectation. Watched the blades turn west Bromwich over on sky and they were very very good, but this is a huge game for both teams with us scrapping for our lives.
I think 1-0 either way.”

“If the blunts are as shyte as they were on Monday we will be ok but I suspect they won’t be.”

“It was a bore draw that’s for sure, but maybe the Blades didn’t want to risk any injuries ahead of their real cup final on Saturday.
If the Blades play like that against us then we’ve every chance of returning home with a point or three … ha-ha”

“We could get hammered if we aren’t careful”

“We don’t have a prayer
Wilder is an excellent manager and he has said countless times since we payed them at NYS, that we were the better team. This clever management is a safeguard against complacency. Sheff united will not underperform again against us”

“A Sheffield u win looks the only outcome thought in a derby game who knows”

“I’ve been to almost all of our games at the Lane since 1980 when we lost 0-1, but later on in the same year/different season came (probably) our best performance there when we beat ’em 2-1 in our title winning season. I’ve seen us slaughtered 0-5 but for me the worst performance came on my birthday (boxing day), when we lost 0-3. Another memorable game was our 2-2 draw, but on our last visit we saw Harry Maguire score a late winner for the Blades, very frustrating as he scored right in front of our fans and pumping his fist in the air toward us, git …
This weekend’s game will be extra tough because of the fine form that the Blades are showing this season, but you never know, we’ve been known to cause an upset before, haven’t we?
Our games against the two Sheffield teams this season have ended in similar results/scores i.e. draws/ 2-2 scorelines, so why not another? … you never know ha-ha … we live in hope.”

“We need to frustrate them right from the kick off and quieten the crowd.”

“I think Taylor will keep his place and also because he had a terrific game against the Blades at NYS.
Sheffield United like to get their full backs/wing backs forward and it’s an area where teams with pace have been able to give them problems by exploiting the gaps this creates.
Taylor and Williams are both pretty quick so maybe they could be our main threat if they can deliver a decent end product”

“Taylor might not be fit enough after he had to come off last game.”

“Should be a really good atmosphere inside and outside Bramall Lane.”

“Good on Sheffield United for the Bring A Quid For Western Park Collection, I will definitely be putting more than a pound in”

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