Pre-Match View From Preston

“I honestly couldn’t give a shite about the FA Cup now, i’m certainly not taking time off work for this one.
Comfortable 2 or 3-0 win for Sheff Utd.”

“I had booked the afternoon off, I have since cancelled the holiday. Fuck that for a laugh. I also have no-one to go with. Plus I’ve been to Bramall Lane 6 times and seen us score once (and that was 3 weeks ago)”

“Despite the recent dross served up by the shirts I’m strangely looking forward to this – who wouldn’t be given we’ve a chance to play the biggest team in the world should we progress. “

“Not going but praying every night for a win. Would be amazing to host Man U”

“Im going to stay at home and build and watch a safety match burn, thats what will happen in sheffield”

“Football has a habit of throwing up mad results. That’s why I’m confident we will win this game 1-0 with a goal from Sylvan Eubanks Blake in the 79th minute, an overhead kick in front of 312 PNE fans”

“I’m going!
Sickened by recent results but this is one of the biggest matches of the season, so I had to go.”

“I fear a cricket score on Tuesday
Having witnessed the inept performances in January coupled with lack of strengthening I fear a real hiding on Tuesday that will totally derail us if it happens.We couldn’t beat sheff Utd who had some reserves in and they will be at full strength Tuesday but that said they could field a few with wooden legs and they would still beat us.”

“Sheff utd will only be 3 points behind us should they win their games in hand and with the signings they’ve made and are making, they’ll stand a better chance than us at getting promotion”

“Think we will Finnish around 8th 9th , i honestly can’t see were our next win is coming from , at the moment we are the worst team in the division and deserve to be .”

“Sounds like we are officially out of the race for Doyle too”

“Hopefully a couple of new faces in today, but I suspect we ll get the usual statement that any deal has fallen through.”

“Really hope we don’t sign Doyle… Sheff United you have him.”

“Deadline day my ass, we will get the usual “There is no rush, the loan window opens in five weeks time” and don’t forget FFP.”

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Pre-Match View From Swindon

“786 sold for Sheffield Utd. Still all ticket fixture. “

“Bristol City took 888. If we take 889 does that make us massive? “

“Just out of interest, what’s the price on the train?
Had a quick look and it was £92!”

“Looking at the news reports on Sky this morning, I wouldn’t bother. If the pitch is fine, the surrounding area won’t be so it will be off for H & S reasons. “

“how luckey was the spurs in the end on Wednesday
Plased for the united youngster who got the 2 goals,it appears not long ago he was in the non league. “

“I have always rated The Yids as a very lucky team, not a good one… That’s the second semi final they have fluked their way through ..”

“Will not be happy if Sheffield is called off “

“If i do go Sat looks like i will have to go in home end again like last time in the eighties was for safety reasons lost 3-0 & on MOD”

“Fair play to Sheff Utd. Gave Spurs a good run for there money! Hope they don’t play like that on Saturday against us! “

“Could of done with Sheff Utd going to extra time although got every faith in boys that Coops selects for Sat getting positive result “

“would take a point now but capable of getting win keep the pressure on”

“Fair play to Sheffield Utd, gave that a really good go against Spurs. Need a good performance from Town to get 3 points on Saturday! “

“ Sheffield United were unlucky and did well!”

“What the hell is it with Sheffield United in cup competitions”

“Got a feeling we will slip up against Sheffield United”

“Hope theyre emotionally drained and physically exhausted for us on saturday.”

“ On the back of their impressive cup games what can we expect from the blades on Saturday? 
1-1 is my guess. “

“another ground where we’ve got sod all from historically”

“Otherwise known as the underachievers vs the overachievers. Tough game, this. I’d have fancied our chances at Brammall lane earlier in the season but Sheffield United’s form has picked up recently and and they’ve added three Championship players to an already above average League 1 squad. I just get the feeling that, much like last year, they’ll have a strong second half to the season and make a late surge to the play-offs and above. “

“Do you not think it’s ‘weird’ spending all that dosh on a FB? We’ve done it twice – David Peach and Jason Drysdale – both of which were horrendous buys. “

“Brammall Lane worries me a bit after we got steamrolled there two seasons back. Though we are full of character this season and have already shown our young side can bring home 3 points from tough looking away days. 
Hopefully they haven’t even thought about the weekend yet and we can take advantage. We’ve had a week off, hopefully we go for it early doors, and don’t suffer from the lethargy that often follows a break. “

“The reverse fixture was the best home performance of the season when we scored five and it could have been ten, I am worried about this one though this could be one game too many for our young lads who I think will be bullied especially without are 2 star players. I will be happy with a draw so I am going 1 – 1. “

“ I wonder what sort of mind set the Sheffield United players will have on Saturday, I really fancy our chances here, could be a lot of goals again , but I think we will Nick it by the odd goal COYR”

“We’re playing in the purple kit tomorrow. Noooooooooooooo! (not that I’m superstitious or anything) “

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Pre-match View From Spurs

“MUST WIN. END OF. NO EXCUSES.
Sheffield Utd have a LEAGUE 1 promotion push to concentrate on… not the mickey mouse League Cup… that’s OUR priority now!! “

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre-match view from Preston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre Match View From Spurs

“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… “

“Wooahh…
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). “

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