Pre-Match View From Scunthorpe

“Van Veen is an odd one. Seems to look absolutely amazing one moment and then horrible the next.
He is really struggling as a lone striker, he needs Madden up top alongside him but Robins is so against playing 4-4-2 for some reason. I think Sheff United will do us over here, we look absolutely horrible currently.”

“The lads have the week off, so if they put on a good show this Saturday, (winning might be a bit much to ask), “

“We’ve no chance of winning on saturday”

“Let’s say this dire run continues and more people want robins out, do you really think we could afford to get rid of him?”

“I would love Adkins back though that would get the attendances up!”

“Been a bit disappointed with our management team this last few games,whether it is because of playing two games a week for a fair while I do not know,but the playing formation or tactics are poor and we are getting back to the old ways and strangely enough it is the games that the prices have been reduced to try to bring supporters back have been the worst.”

“Marcus Williams could be back for saturday….”

“Weve had 95 attempts in the last six matches according to Scunthorpe Telegraph – that’s 16 on average every match- one every 5.5 minutes- the fans will flock back with these statistics!!”

“that is certainly not at home,unless that means clearing the ball out of our penalty area.”

“I think they’ve counted every time we passed the ball forward as an attempt on goal. I wonder what the “on target” count is according to them?”

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Pre-Match View From Fleetwood

” Like Graham Alexander said, Its fantastic for our Club to be playing opponents like Sheffield United at the same level.”

“We have so many poor away showings this season”

“If we lose expect League 1’s Mourinho to continue his blaming it all on referees, as he does every time we lose a game. Clearly he believes that is a bizarre vendetta against Fleetwood Town.”

“I have never liked GA from his first appearance, and nothing he has done since has changed that opinion, his brand of football is abject shite, a lot of the players are not up to this league, and I wonder how they keep their shirt week in week out “

“We’ve got 44 points or whatever it is and they’ve been earned by these players by and large, so they’re not a bad bunch . What we do have however is a manager who is too defensive in his mindset unfortunately, and I cant see that changing any time soon. If you go out with the attitude of “don’t lose” as your target, if you go behind you make it doubly difficult for yourselves.”

“I do wonder what GA does in training as it never changes, if he could get away with it we would be the first team to play a 6-4-0 formation.”

“I expect a big clear out at the end of the season”

“Coach ticket bought, match ticket bought, injections taken and looking forward to our biggest league game yet. Unfortunately I think we’ll lose the match but it should be a great experience.”

“I think the Sheffield attendance will be more than the Preston one”

“Daunting trip to Bramhall Lane this weekend. Outside of Wembley, this will be the biggest ground we have ever played at so a good test for the lads. Even though Posh got a good result in mid week against the Blades afraid cant see us getting anything. We edge closer to a minimum 50 point mark for safety but nothing this Saturday 2-0 defeat”

“there is a lot of excitement about the trip over to the Penines for this game , as its not too far away would like to think around 200-250. If you think thats small, bear in mind that not more than 10 years or so ago, that was the size of home crowd the team were getting. ust being in this league and playing the likes of Sheffield United is fantastic. “

“2-0 defeat on Saturday”

“3-0 I reckon”

“Must be the biggest stadium/club we have a had a fixture against as a League fixture.”

“Apart from Wembley, it will be the biggest ground we have been to. Only just though, it has around 100 seats more than Coventry.”

“I used to frequent Bramall Lane every other Saturday when I was at Sheffield University. Went in the away end of course. Managed to avoid the Blades Business Crew, they aren’t to be messed with !”

“One of the cheaper away games as well with Adults under £20. We need to take as many as we can to this one in my mind. Even some of the other closer games, we need to step up our away attendance. “

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Pre-Match View From Peterborough

“Reckon we’ll take around 400”

“Saturday was a breath of fresh air, after the atmosphere we have been in, and I got home before it was dark, must be a new spring.”

“Nigel should be wary on Tuesday, he has to outsmart Robbo (and his team)……not an easy thing to do.”

” A great start for Robbo and the team, a point or three at Bramall Lane to break our Tuesday night hoodoo will do for me.”

“looking forward to Tuesday night for a repeat performance.”

“This will be a lot tougher than against a poor, tired Bradford side.
Still, judging by our exploits against t’Bantams, we’re unlikely to be the soft touch we became under Fergie v t’Blades.
On the flip side we need to overcome our Tuesday hoodoo and the fact we haven’t seemed to have matched up as well against this lot as we have against Bradford in recent times.
Will settle for another 0-0 at half-time, then see if we can nick something. Actually, would happily settle for 0-0 at full-time.”

“Under Ferguson we would definitely have lost this fixture, now I have a bit of hope. Go Robbo go.”

“I know you didn’t expect us to keep a clean sheet against Bradford but I think we’re less likely to do it against Sheffield United. Maybe 1-1.”

“This may not be a “must win” game and it will be a tough game.
I hope and even believe that we’ll get at least one point from it.”

“Bramall Lane is a fantastic ground”

“A trip to another team best suited to cup competitions on Tuesday. AWAY WIN “

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Pre-Match View From Crawley

“Can we make it 3 victories in a row? Not sure when we last did that in the league.
This is likely to be our largest crowd of the season although that isn’t a very high bar!!
Hopefully the amount of games United have had in the last few weeks will catch up on them and we’ll be able to secure a dodgy 2-1 win.”

“Cant see us getting much”

“i am predicting an amazing game where we will win and send 800 Chefs home hungry for a winner crying into their soup
i could be in a bit of a stew with this one but its time we pulled a plum out instewad of constant rotten apples”

“Prediction
Tin Pot League 1 club 1
Big Time League 1 club 0 “

“No reason we can’t win it – I’m going for a 1-1 draw though. That would still be a decent result.”

“Sheffield United are superb against top quality players and useless against teams of cloggers.
Home win “

“If we don’t concede early on I think we can get at least a point.
The longer it stays level I think Sheff Utd will push for a winner and we may get lucky for a break-away goal for the 3 points.”
“As they did well in both cups they’ve been playing twice a week for a few weeks now, so hopefully they might be getting a bit fatigued, and again hopefully a long trip South will wear them out even more.
They’re also without one of their better players in Jose Baxter (3 game ban for getting sent off at home last Saturday) although they have a good squad. “

“This should be the largest crowd of the season”

“Obviously within the rules of the ground but can not wait to express my delight at Clough being back at the Broadfield on Saturday. He really thought when he left the conference he would never have to come back to such a hostile tin pot ground like ours. It may have been years ago and his brought teams back and lost since but I can not let it go. Would love it for us to beat them”

“Let’s be honest. The table doesn’t lie. They should win this one.
Come on football, make a fool of me again. “

“They also have Matty Done who caused us no end of problems for Rochdale twice this season.”

“Matty Done is as good a player as I’ve seen at this level this season”

“Ditto. Took us to the cleaners at the Broadfield.”

“Swindon should have won last Saturday too. We can make fools of Sheffield Utd as well. It’s not like we haven’t beaten them before”
“Having watched us being consistently outplayed this season, often by equally lower ranked teams, I think our prospects of surviving at this level are quite slim.
OK, a couple of good wins keeps us interested and no doubt has a great effect on team spirit and the general moral of the supporters, but the bottom line is regrettably, from all that we have seen, that we are one of the four worst teams in the Division. “

“let’s try and be positive as we have only had majority of possesion once this season it is unlikely to be pretty.But defensively we look strong “

“Big crowd expected tomorrow. Make sure you’re here to get behind Dean and the lads”

“Its now time to have our own defined terrace song and identity.
The TIN POT Flag ( sorry I don’t know how to insert picture ) and the new chant, we’re tin pot Crawley we know who we are, should form our own self mocking identity.
Millwall have the “no one likes us” theme and I think the lads with the tin pot flag have just created a good fun identity that we should all adopt.
Well done to them ( please insert the pic here for anyone who has not seen it The flag pic )
There should be car stickers, tee shirts, more flags, even more songs etc etc etc.
So here’s to tin pot Crawley , at last we have our own song and identity. “

“‘We’ve got less fans than you’
‘We’re supposed to be at home’
And many more…”

“We are the TIN POT MEN and we come from the town of Crawley “

“We know who are, we know who we ararre, we’re tinpot Crawley, we know who we are.”

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Pre-Match View From Rochdale

1200 tickets sold – at least we shouldn’t have the embarrassment of being outnumbered at home! Man City v Barcelona on ITV so we
wont have any casual fans coming tomorrow. Real shame the original date clashed with FA Cup 4th round weekend where we could have
expected 7000ish.”

“I have heard this morning, off one of my Shef Utd supporting mates, that Doney has a suspected fractured wrist.”

“Only until Wednesday”

“Must have done it when picking his pay cheque up”

“”You could see on highlights one chance he missed as the ball is cleared he is bent over in pain. Played on during the game and
set up the equaliser though. I fractured my wrist years ago and played with a lightweight cast on it. Cant see it stopping Done
playing tomorrow as long as its just a basic fracture.”

“Done was £450k extremely well spent. Can’t seem them finishing outside the playoffs now.”

“To be honest, they would have finished in the top six with or without him.”

“Imagine they’ll all be saying what a bargain they’ve got! Worth over a million already I presume! They’ve improved him so much
as a player in 3 games. Never mind – at least we’ve got a chance of a few more quid in the pot when he takes them up (bloody
single handedly at the minute).”

“He was clearly worth that before the transfer, no wonder he was offered silly wage increases they’ve saved that on the transfer
fee alone”

“No Probs, Daws will break the Judas’s legs in the first minute.”

“Judas? Get a grip ffs. How can you stop a player who’s been probably seen his wage at least doubled be a Judas? Get over it.
What would’ve you done in that situation, said no?”

“It’s football pal, he’s gone to the other side. He’s the enemy now. Get over it.”

“Exactly, it’s football – a sport – not a f*cking war”

“I hope Done gets a hat-trick if we get four.”

“Letting him go was the biggest mistake in the clubs modern history. Disgraceful.”

“Calling him Judas is utterly ridiculous. There isn’t a genuine Dale fan anywhere who wouldn’t wish him well. “

“I’ve just finished writing Sheffield United’s pen pics
. Every player they’ve bought in the last couple of years has been ‘undisclosed’.”

“Do they have a closet instead of a dressing room?”

“Done is disappointingly predictable in the shallow world of football. If he turns up at Spotland he’ll get grief, for letting
himself down.”

“Rochdale sold Ricky Lambert to Brizzle Rovers who were in direct playoff spot competition with us.
He went on to gain them promotion via the playoffs.
He then went on to sign for Southampton and help them towards the Premiership
He then went on to get his first touch as an England player and score the winner v Scotland.
He then went onto signing for Liverpool
He then got on a plane, flew to Brazil and played for England v Italy
Matt Done has scored 4 goals in L1 for Sheff U.
Go Compare.”

“I really enjoyed watching Done, he was part of the senior team. He could have waited until he’d given it a go with Hendo and
Vince and co until the end of the season. I’m disappointed he decided to go for the break now. Difficult decision I know, but
still I’m a Dale fan, so I think its a shame he cut and ran now. Done leaving hurts, I think he could have stuck with it. He was
going nowhere when we rescued him……
It’s frustrating we don’t know how much we got for him. If we knew, I’d maybe understand.
It’s the timing that gets me, and the fact he’s going well now. He doesn’t need my best wishes, his bank account gives him the
satisfaction he needs. I’ll boo him next Tuesday. For bailing early. He’ll be the adversary, the opposition. “

“We will lose to Sheff Utd on Tues I’m afraid. Matt Done will score. Deep down we all know this will happen.”

“you can forget sell on fees. If the Blades go up and he is still banging them in, why would they want to sell one of their top
strikers? Unless they offloaded him to the Wendies for a pound down and a penny a week, to help them in their promotion push.”

“At least we’ll have a new song to sing next Tues
“Done, Done will tear us apart ,for them”
“Done, Done will tear us apart, for them””

“Whether we care to admit it or not, Matt Done has bettered himself both professionally and financially by moving to Bramall
Lane. “

“I’d be very surprised if Matt Done plays”

“I wouldn’t. He is in scorching form and any “gentleman’s agreement” will be negated by Nigel Clough being a prize nob! Unless
such an agreement was made at a higher level I can’t see any way he won’t line up against us”

“Gut feeling tells me Clough would honour any agreement”

“Sheff Utd have paid (500k rumoured)for Done and still could get automatic promotion. Besides we need them to go up to get more
cash in the pot so best he scores to help their cause.”

“Glad he’s doing well , seems like a nice lad. Thing is, it’s incredibly important that he hit the ground running or else he
could have easily been plucking splinters out of his arse and tbh he may still have to get used to doing that if he dries up –
those massive clubs over the border are fickle bunch at the best of times.”

“Its the stuff of dreams for Matt Done. 4 games, 4 goals and scoring the winning goals away at Bristol City and Notts County. If
they had bought Aguero for 50 million they might have expected a start like that! Brilliant move for him – he is flying at the
minute. Nigel Clough must think all his Christmas’s have come at once.”

” I’m pleased Done is doing so well, especially after reading some of the derogatory comments on one of their boards when they
signed him. “

“It’ll be very disappointing if he does get booed
And Chris Basham better get a welcome back if Done does. He did contribute a little bit more than David Buchanan.”

“Yeah, but Basham’s nobody’s matey”

“I don’t believe for a second that Blades slammed down 400K considering the money they’ve got it could of been our record
transfer fee broken by a stone mile because it’s “undisclosed” we’ll never know”

“I feel it was not close to £500k , thats why it was undisclosed, record steal maybe!”

“Personally speaking, I believe Matt Done was worth more than £500,000 more like £750,000 with add ons, only going off other
known amounts in the crazy world of football transfers, even in the bottom two leagues, of the glorious football league.”

“Keith in his post match interview after Chesterfield was going on about Matt Done again. It’s still a hot, raw, topic and to me
it really shows he reads this message board in order to get the fan’s vibe.”

“Just heard him say “If we want to keep the Matty Done’s of this world and challenge for the play offs we need a rich benefactor
to put in 2 million per season” blimey! Done is on good wages at Sheff Utd!”

“In Dale Player interview:
Keith said ” Matty Done wanted to leave and we couldn’t stand in his way of possibly becoming a millionaire”.
He went on to say ” Doney was like a son to me at times. I’ve been through a lot with Doney. I couldn’t seriously look him in the eye and say you’re not going”. “

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Pre-Match View From Coventry


“ I think we are in serious danger of relegation. Why ? We are not winning. No other team in league 1 has only one win . Can’t win at home . “

“Our form is currently the worst in league 1.
With Pressley at the helm we are fucked. “

“It feels like a relegation season at the moment, only worse. “

“The way we’re playing, lack of attacking threat, shoddy defending etc, it certainly feels like we’re in the shite. Add to this we have the worst owners that have ever graced a football club. Then yep it’s not looking great. “

“I don’t think we are going to stop up and I can only see a struggle next year as well. “

“Over the last 10 games we are the only club in the whole of league 1 with only 1 win. “

“Another game, another loss. I don’t care anymore. “

“3-0. We’re shit. This may finally be the weekend we drop into the bottom four.”

“ Sold about 700 so far. Odelusi is back which (should) be a good thing. I feel we may play better against better sides (Preston) than relegation threatened sides (Scunthorpe). Not beyond the realms of possibility us getting a surprise result here.”

“Think we can get something out of this to be honest would be big points if we could. Always like Brammel Lane always a good atmosphere.”

“What on earth makes you think we can get something out of this? They have been on a great run in the league and beat Bristol City away last weekend. Plus we’re shit! “

“Probably the fact that they are only another league 1 team and an inconsistent one at that “
“Can’t believe 700 are going. Surprised it’s not less than 500. “

“Shaun Miller hasnt been given a chance”

“Cannot see us winning. Really cannot see us scoring. A lot depends on whether SP has successfully converted Odelusi and Samuel to non-goalscorers yet. I think we may score one or two but Sheffield will probably get two or three. “

“They will love tugay there ex sheff Wednesday player should be well motivated and will be booed a lot but hopefully not by the CCFC fans this time  “

“Heavy home win. And i think it will be SPs last game before the sack. “

 “As ever going to Sheffield is more about decent pubs and beer than football. “

“It will be by no means full but we will only have the lower tier I guess, which will be well populated…
Love it as an away day… great city, ground is close to the centre, and the lower tier is a carbon copy of the west terrace…. that Friday night game a couple of years ago with our last minute winner was awesome..!! “
“I remember that game well. Great Friday night game. I think kitson scored for them and Leon Clarke bagged a brace. I seem to remember who else but Connor Thomas missing a sitter in injury time to secure the victory quicker which really annoyed me at the time “

“We’ve got the upper tier. Looking forward to it. Always have a good /night up there. “

“1-1 would be a good result. “

“We are going but only because I want to go to Meadowhall before the game. “

“Be very surprised if we get anything there. “

“I think we’re down. We simply don’t have enough goals in the team, are suspect at the back & poor at home. “

“I agree, we are going down. We do not deserve to stay up.”

“even if things changed its to late, we have lost to many fans to be a big club again. “

“6 points against Sheffield utd & mk dons and we’ll be fine, had this feeling twice before “

“a point at Blades and a better show against MKD will help. “

“The Sky Blues have lost only one of their last seven league duels against Sheffield United.the Blades have proved on several occasions, they possess an obdurate streak,  “

“Remember that Sheff Utd game was the quarter final. Would have got Newcastle in the semi. We would have done ’em too “

“Had won 7 games on the bounce and then drew at home in the first game with Dublin at centre half and Moldovan up front with Huckerby – the pair of them barely got a kick. Although the Utd keeper (Alan Kelly I think) had a blinder. Couldn’t get to replay (thank God). It was a massive opportunity – convinced we would have beaten Newcastle and given Arsenal a game in the final. Hey ho “

“Was absolutely gutted with that game.
The worst was before the game, going along the wrong row to get to my seat in the next block(had too much to drink), when couldn’t get past one guy who had his head slumped down, said “excuse me mate” a couple of times(thought he might be worse for wear a bit like I was), but no joy, then realised something more serious was up, his son(I think), noticed and tried to rouse him, but his lips were blue and didn’t look like he was breathing.
Stewards were called over, then St Johns Ambulance guys came and got him and carried him away down the stairs. Think it was a heart attack and he died, but didn’t know that til after the game.
Obviously the game was gutting(will never forget Moldovan faking injury after that horrible miss and going off), but things a lot worse for that bloke and his family. “

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Pre Match View From Notts County

“Was hoping Sheffield Utd would get a drubbing on saturday – they will really be up for it on Tuesday night after their result”

“We will thrash them…”

“I admire the optmimism”

“One very average team will make the play-offs, unfortunately it won’t be us. The points needed to avoid relegation will possibly be quite high this season, maybe 51 or 52. By no means out of the woods on that front yet. “

 “The likes of Oldham and Chesterfield were 5th and 6th and have lost at home to Orient and Colchester today, regarding the former quite a few were saying on here that it wasn’t supposedly much of an achievement to beat them last week and didn’t mean anything. The likes of Doncaster, Gillingham, Scunthorpe and Crewe have been woeful all season, arguably a lot worse than us at out worst (the latter three for sure) and now their fans have their tails up and are talking about maybe nicking a play-off place. It’s a weird league and how good you are and what your previous form has been seems to count for absolutely nothing most weeks. “

“Great win for Sheff Utd ton Saturday I think a point would be a very decent result on Tuesday. “

“After their convincing win at Bristol City today, I expect there to be more Sheff Utd fans at Meadow Lane than our faithful. Shame the match was rescheduled for midweek as this could have been a real money spinner for Notts – regardless of the result.
I feel home defeat number 9 coming on BUT you never know, a Bonkers-Bajner-Party moment might see us scrape a draw !!”  “

“Possible – but unlikely. Hopefully, we’ll top 5,000 for a midweek game tho’.”

“Think we’ll outnumber them…just!”

“We’ve not had the best of luck with our home fixtures against them … it should be our big money spinner and best atmosphere of the season at ML. Thinking back to night game 11/12, barely survived the weather 12/13, awful home form and freezing weather 13/14 (but finally a cracking win for those of us who were there! ), night game again this year “
“2800 Blades, 4000 Magpies I reckon”

“ Should be a decent game tuesday, depends if we have finally stopped the rot with that win last week – or was it a flash in the pan!.
I see they have have dropped Campbell-Ryce…part of me wants him to play so we can give him stick and part of me thinks that it’s the kind of game he will fancy doing his party tricks and skinning us. I’m sure Derry will have a plan for someone to ‘upset’ him “

“If it was a Saturday match Blades would bring about 3500-4000 but with it being Tuesday night I reckon about 2800 as well. “

“It truly is wide open for that 6th play-off spot.
If only, and I know it is a BIG if, we can beat Sheff Utd on Tuesday, then I honestly think SD and GA can pull off a spectacular end of season run-in.
Unfortunately a loss on Tuesday, and our “make-up” game being against Preston, could mean we end up looking behind us rather than above us! “

“Massive win for Sheff Utd, which suggests that they should win at Meadow Lane on Tuesday but they are very inconsistent. “

“If Che Adams scores I’ll chuck myself head-first into the Trent.  I’ve had mates who played for Ilkeston in recent years so I knew about him ages ago obviously because they all raved about him being in the yoofs and training with the first-team, so I rather relentlessly hounded Notts in a one-man campaign to sign him (they could have got him for a nominal fee in the summer) – to me it was kind of like unearthing a gem but when he scored against Spurs and my Twitter mentions and phone went a bit mad I realised it was probably closer to a weird obsession with an 18 year old boy.
When he signed for Sheff Utd I was in a car crossing the Channel tunnel on the way to Belgium and I think I spent a solid 5 minutes having a rant telling Notts to fuck off and ‘we’ll never learn’.
The moral of the story is, as ever, listen to me.
We’ll lose this comfortably. Although our record against Sheff Utd isn’t the worst and there’s no Harry Maguire to score his obligatory goal either – remember when we beat them last season with Showunmi and Fotheringham scoring?! – I’d be embarrassed if that happened to my powerleague team. “

“Sheffield United watched Adams several times before they eventually made their move, which left Notts County fans asking how this talent had slipped through their grasp. Notts were certainly aware of the Ilkeston striker’s availability but the transfer fee, which was around £150,000, was way out of their reach.”

“We’ll probably lose, hopefully United’s win at Bristol means Tues might be a bit of after the Lord Mayor’s show? He says.
Don’t they have a few injuries? JCR’s reception will be ‘interesting’ “

 “a piss poor team beat them last year and a piss poor team got a draw at their place this year. They even struggled to beat us last season on opening day when we had 10 men for 81 minutes or whatever it was. We always seem to play better against them than the other ‘big teams’ in the division. “

“I’d take a draw now”

“My affliction with Sheffield United since going to uni up here continues and me and a couple of flatmates are going in the Blades end
Baxter and Murphy always stand out as United’s star players for me”

“I Personally think we miss JCR more than anyone else who left last summer. As poor as he was for 18 months, the last few months of last season he was absolutely brilliant.
As with Sheehan, though, deserves a shit reception after being a bellend at the end of last season. “

“Unchanged team? Not sure our management team know the word “unchanged” surely if we were it would be the first time this season it has happened ? “

 “Sheff Utd seem to switch things up more than we do so no use over-thinking it. “

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Pre-Match View From Bristol City

“Another big game beckons for City this Saturday and game which we should look to win seeing as we our the home side. The Blades are very good at home but have struggled a little bit away from home this season, however they’re in the top 6 and I will expect a tough, tough game.
Could see a couple changes for City as we’re playing Saturday/Tuesday up until the JPT final at the end of March!
Change of subject a little, I really want to watch the game but seeing as its already sold out I’m thinking of buying one in the away end? I certainly won’t celebrate or cause aggro but just want to watch the game. Is this a stupid idea? “

“If they arent going to sell out, why not? It would be very strange though, watching us from the away end.
2-0 city. “

“They’re still in the playoffs with games in hand and I for one am expecting a tough game. They also seem to step their game up against better sides. “

“On their day they can beat anyone, as they showed the other week by beating Swindon. can’t see it being comfortable at all. “

“They are a good side and will give us a tough game but we are on such a roll that id back us to beat anyone at the moment. Wouldnt be overly surprised (or dissapointed) with a draw though. “

“Almost a bonus game for us having built a steady lead. A win would be fantastic but a draw at the end of a good game wouldn’t be a disaster. Sheff Utd have got to be the weirdest side in the league. Pre season favourities, beaten some good teams but so inconsistent.
Can’t sell their allocation? Sheffield men under the thumb on V Day? Or symptomatic of them never bringing anyone here? “

“Won’t be an easy game but I do feel Sheff Utd get overestimated a lot based on the fact they’re Sheff Utd rather than their team and performances this season. Draw wouldn’t be a disaster but I’d be disappointed if we don’t get the win “

“If the Blades don’t sell all their tickets, won’t City move the segregation barrier and make more home tickets available again? They’ve done it before. “

“I wonder if there will be any more released , I see on SU site they’ve only sold 600 odd ! “

“Not like them? Perhaps they have picked up our soft southern ways and are taking their WAG’s out on Sat night as well? “

“When have Sheff Utd ever brought 1000+ at AG?
They’ve never come down here in numbers. “

“Maybe I am getting mixed up with Wednesday? My daughter always used to go on about the amazing support one of them brought to the East End a few years back.”

“That would have been Wednesday no doubt.”

 “Very poor from Sheff u, they should easily be selling their allocation, especially being in the play-off hunt!”

 “Probably thinking it will be POTD more fool them. “

“They certainly brought a lot in the 1988 play offs and in May 1989 when there was fighting on the pitch.
Sheff U travel in numbers….  “

“To be fair, those were the only times in BIG numbers, yes they bring larger numbers than a lot/most  but not a patch on Wendy for continuous high support .”

“ I’ve always been impressed by Wednesday’s consistently good away support…”

“Yep you had to go back to the 80s for the last time The Blades brough lots of fans. Proves my point! “

“Think they had all been looking forward to a nice home game against Man Utd this weekend. This must feel like quite an unwelcome come down.”

 “Sheff utd bought 900 just over last year”

“Point proven.”

“Which is about 300 more than we took to them for the opener this season, that was piss poor.”

  “I’m sure we’d take a lot more now.”

 “That was a midday kick off, live on Sky. 
If that had been a normal 3pm KO then we would likely have taken 2k to that game. 
If it was being played now, we would probably be taking 4k. “

“I have to say I’m a little underwhelmed by the number of Blades heading down for this one as they’re the biggest club in this league by some way but, after a little bit of checking, I’m surprised by their numbers at our place. I appreciate it’s one of their longest trips but I would have put my house on them selling out given it’s just 1100 seats.
Narrow home win (gulps!). “

“The fountain of knowledge that is Peter Beagrie said “We’re going off the boil a bit”.. Have I been dreaming or haven’t we lost a game in near 3 months? “

“cotterill has certainly ‘ clicked ‘ with our club….. 
As with all reasonable managers, ….. Much to my surprise, was not enamoured with his appointment to start with – like many city fans initially……
But sometimes some managers are just the right fit at certain clubs at just the right time “

“we have 5 more games in the next 3 weeks with a small squad.”

“its good having Tavernier and Saville around as they can fill in where necessary against the lower ranked teams. Otherwise, I agree we go with the same team as smhbcfc suggests. I doubt we will play for a draw or a 1-0 win. Our style is to attack this season. If you score 3, you rarely get beaten. COYR “
“ I’m worried about this. I know they have had some poor results against the likes of Gillingham but then their cup form has been class. Odd side.
A draw wouldn’t be a disaster if we follow it up by beating Peterborough. “

“I know we have to earn a result no matter which team we play, but the table shows BCFC as being the best team in the league at the moment. Let’s let other teams worry about us. “

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Pre-Match View From Colchester

“Looking ahead what team would you put out on Tuesday night versus Sheffield United? “

“Swindon’s “

“Not many options for us”

“Bizarrely for someone who hates it, I would have no problem if we played a very tight, very solid 4-5-1 formation at Bramall Lane. Three central midfielders in a line together with the two wide just a little advanced of that…for that reason, I’d keep Watt in the side as he as Massey are vital to getting up to Porter to give him a hand playing on his own front. Szmodics to join in when he can”

“Does anyone get the feeling that Porter is the sort of striker who only scores spectacular goals?”

“ The whole team was crap on Saturday because Crewe effectively nullified us and we resorted long ball hoofs to Porter, who won nothing “

“we have young players all over the pitch and they are doing well in the most part, but while we have fox knitting together the midfield, and now porter providing experience with the attacking side of things, we have little experience at the back. clohessy isnt a natural defender”

“ It doesn’t help that Porter is isolated up front. I don’t think its lack of effort. “

“ Porter has done well upfront but has no support. “

“Since Chris Porter has come into the side in the last two games it sounds like the team has another dimension. “

“Great start from Porter”

 “With Porter’s physicality we looked a much more solid outfit and harder to beat “

“Nice to have a forward in Porter who can win flick-ons, but held the ball up well and brought other players in”

“Porter Could make a huge difference to our attacking play. Better for us than Sears in many respects. “

“A good player is Porter at this level, experienced and able to score different types of goals that will fit into our formation and “philosophy” rather well I think. “

“Chris Porter. Proper striker! “

“He does seem to have a reputation for being very hard working and always giving 100% on the pitch, which is exactly what we need in our current predicament. “

“i was just reading some Sheff Utd forums and nearly all of the commented on his great work rate and what i really liked was that someone described him as ‘having ince in his veins’. Could be out injured for ages, come back, get one chance and score. Composure in front of goal is one thing we have really been missig.”

“Very excited by Porter signing. Hopefully it might attract a few more to the WHCS”

“At last, Porter is someone who looks old enough to play mens football. He will feel like a grandad in that changing room! “

“Porter Seemed to score a lot of important goals for Sheff utd. I think any goal he scores for us will be vital. Never been the quickest, but certainly tormented us in the past.  Happy days”

“ Chris Porter is quite evidently good enough to score a wonder goal in consecutive weeks whilst on the SOLO ‘break’; so frankly we don’t have to over commit the midfield forward in order to score goals. Stopping goals is just as important as scoring them.  “
“I am hopeful that at Bramall Lane and Boundary Park I will witness a dogged performance that grinds out a vital four points from six. Then on our return to WHCS we similarly put nine or ten men behind the ball to grind out boring 0-0 draws against MK Dons and Bristol City; which is achievable; but not if we go gung-ho. So Tony, let’s please stick to WHAT has worked away from home not WATT hasn’t worked when at home.”

  “ The next four games look terribly tough.”

“If we go their defensive and for a point I think we might get slapped. They’ve been good at home this season and in this instance I would go at them, put them on the back foot early against a team their expected to beat. High pressure and high intense, winning the ball back early and high up the pitch. If we concede early then we can drop off…no harm done. We have to get points from these next four fixtures and would see this as a good opportunity. Perhaps their legs are tired from their cup exploits. “

“Oh dear didn’t realise its Sheffield United away on Tuesday. Hmm just what we need. At least not at fortress WHCS “

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Pre-Match View From Gillingham

“Gills are back at home this Saturday as we take on Sheffield Utd.Utd are in the Play off zone and their last League result was a good 2-0 win against promotion rivals Swindon.They lost an FA Cup replay yesterday to Preston for a chance to play Man Utd at home.We`re unbeaten in 4 games in all competitions so confidence should be quite high.A point wouldn`t be bad against Sheffield Utd,and a win would be brilliant.
If we`re lucky we might have our new Manager before this game “

“Five weeks and still no sign of a permanent manager.
Still, the Gang of 4 seem to be keeping everything afloat.
Gills have been doing ok lately and playing nice attacking football at home. I’m punting for a Gillingham win
2-1 with Cody Mac to score one of them. “

“The one thing we can guarantee is that the Gills will not keep a clean sheet! 
GFC 1 Blades 2 “

“Mark Patterson says Gillingham’s four-man caretaker team have been unaffected by reports that Justin Edinburgh could be appointed as Gillingham Manager. “

“Looks like Justin Edinburgh is going to be the next Gills boss by the looks of it, really happy with that tbh! “

“Not sure what to expect from Sheff U, brilliant in the cups (until PNE the other night), not so consistent in the league. We’ve gone four without defeat at the moment, which is amazing considering our pre Christmas form. Hope for a win, settle for a draw. “

“A tough game against a decent side.I would take a point to keep our unbeaten run going.I guess the gang of four will still be in charge and for probably their last game. “

“Like most will take a point,
Hopefully we will put in a decent performance for Justin Edinburgh who will more than likely be in the stand watching his new team.”

“We can beat them.
3-1 gills. “

“Hopefully the manager situation won’t affect us to much, ( I reckon Edinburgh will be at the club by Saturday whether he will be in charge or not is another matter)
1-1 “

“If we can play in the manner that we have of late we can definitely get something out of this. “

“I cannot believe there is a manager of Gary Megson’s caliber on the market and he hasn’t been linked with job. “

“No, no, no, no, no
No charisma, no flair, no record of achievement – ask the fans of any club he’s ever managed. They’ll tell you he’s a disaster. “

“not sure if im missing a joke here but im not sure why megson is such a bad suggestion. 2 promotioms to the premier league. a number of seasons of survival in the premiership is surely a pretty good calibure of a manager for a club like us? “

“Megson is Useless. Can’t stand the twerp. “

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