“didnt quite look up to speed”
“Liked look of Lavery when he came on, you could see when he got better of there defender he didn’t have that match fitness to take him clear.”
“I thought he did ok for a first appearance.
Looks like a footballer and not tired old journeyman”
“Lavery looked keen to impress but boy is he out of condition. Understandably though considering he hasn’t been playing.
A good stint of exercise under Warne will soon have him firing on all cylinders.Apparently there is talk of Lavery signing perm at the end of the season if all goes to plan”
“Yes I’ve heard Lavery on a perm too.
Indirect info but from bluntie official”
“Looked good. just match sharpness being the issue”
“Laverty played well when he came on. He did a bit of ball holding in the corner just befor the goal and had the p1ss took out of him by a team mate. I’ve been told that we have signed a great player in the making. If he fits into the squad and does well let’s hope we do sign him on a decent contract.”
“Although I like the look of Lavery I was hoping to get a striker with sheer pace,although not fully up to speed it was a shock when their centre half run past him, we gonna need that extra pace in the championship”
“I too thought Lavery would be quicker”
“Lavery did well in his cameo appearance and looks to have quick feet. He certainly played his part in the second goal.
He looks well short of the required level of fitness at the moment and hopefully that’s the only reason the centre half caught up with him when he was put through in a decent position. He looks to have a lot of promise though and could well become an integral part of the attack in the latter part of the season.”
“Only teams in the top 4 have conceded less than us. Someone is doing something right and it’s not all George Long.”
“Throw the cash to get Long”
“Will be rough next season if we have to replace Long”
“He made two tremendous saves today”
“Long was superb at the back”
“George Long is too good for us.”
“Let’s get this down right away, Sheff Utd are no mugs but we made them look very very average. Wolves never GOT out of fust gear and we strolled it from the first minute. Both opening goals were as good as I’ve seen well erm since Neves or Jota against Hull and Millwall. We are going up and nobody is touching us, there I’ve said it.”
“Great win, thought we were a class above, against a very good team. Once we went 1-0 up so early, think that set the tone for the rest of the game. Sheffield United had lots of the ball, but only when we let them, in areas they weren’t gonna hurt us, as soon as they got near our goal, we got it back, and always looked a danger on the break.
Shocking challenge from their keeper on Jota, deserves a lot longer than 3 games as a ban. Could have done serious damage.”
“I don’t think Sheffield United we bad, I just though we turned it on tonight. The few times we have played at that capacity this season (Villa, Leeds, Bolton etc) I think we are simply unstoppable. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, because there are some very good sides and players at this level. Sheff Utd shouldn’t get to disheartened though, they won’t play many teams like the one they did tonight, and they already took 3 points from us. “
“The thing is though that Sheffield United played well, and certainly caused us some problems. They are a good team who are a credit to their manager. Hopefully Chris Wilder gets funds in the summer to push the Blades on.”
“Thought that Sheff Utd were better than many we have played this season, but if we are on it then no one is living with us”
“This was a top quality game for the Championship and kudos to Sheff. Utd. for coming to play.
As Wilder said, they couldn’t ‘get a glove’ on us as we were so good. We definitely turned up for this one, and as a team we were superb. “
“I wouldn’t say Sheff Utd were a poor side but Wolves just seemed to brush them aside as if swatting a fly away from the food table. Wolves allowed them to have possesion in their own half and play pass it among yourselves stuff but once in Wolves half they closed them down, harried them and broke with such ease it seemed as if Wolves were playing against a side that started the game 3 players light.”
“Sheff Utd played well, not often you can be 2-0 so early on and literally not blame anyone or feel disappointed.”
“A truly comprehensive victory against a decent Blades team.” “nice to see a team come to the Mol and give it a go rather than parking the bus.
However. Totally outclassed by a team which wouldn’t look a miss in the Champions league .”
“Hopefully not. Hope they go back to Div 1…quickly. “
“We are just too good for this league. Neves and Jota play for Wolves. It’s bizarre”
“Half the Prem couldn’t have lived with us tonight, on to the next one!”
“Destroyed Sheffield United, that football we played was some of the filthiest stuff I’ve watched since a drunken night in Bangkok many moons ago.
“Total dominance, in complete control from start to finish, never in doubt, Sheff Utd came to have a go and only mustered 1 weak effort on target. We looked dangerous everytime going forward.”
“Sheffield came out to have a go, but Neves settled my nerves with that sublime goal, and there was no looking back. Can not fault anyone tonight. Totally in control, even when letting Sheffield play with the ball. Extra points as Clarke looked sick as a parrot at the end after his deflection helped the Cav shot in.”
“We swatted them away like an irritating bluebottle”
“Basically bossed them off the park within the first 10 mins Sheffield gave up after the second goal.Overall an easy win. Thought they was dirty and Lee Evans is a terrible player tried fouling us didn’t work. “
“thought Evans acted like a real asshole against Costa in particular.”
“As soon as Wilder talked pre-match about playing someone behind the forwards and going for it, the game was over. Every single team that has had a go this season has been dispatched with ease. It really isn’t the way to set up against us. “ “Very respectful post match from Wilder – fair play to him.”
“kudos to Sheffield Utd’s boss, Chris Wilder, for his generous praise of Wolves after the match with the grace of acknowledging his team were well beaten (and as others have said they are are a pretty good Championship side who will be close to the play-offs when the season concludes).”
“Gotta love Blades fans:
“Am I the only one who thinks Wolves defence isn’t all that? Fair enough if we lose the game but for all the talk about attacking them pre game we don’ seem to have really had a pop at them and put their defence under any sort of pressure. Their defence could each have rolled up a fag and had a cup of tea tonight.”
“Wolves look classy. You’ve still got to build a team but it’s obvious you need a hundred million Chinese quids and a blind eye to FFP rules to succeed now.”
Sour grapes much.”
“I’ve been respectful to all fans of other teams this season, but these lot, this was a sweet victory. “
“I thought their fans were awful, I expected much more from them.”
“Really good match write up on the Sheffield UTD forum really bigging us up and no sour grapes l,which is nice to see. “
“We are definitely going to be on it for this one and I can see them suffering.”
“We need to win by two to show the villa they are not wolves yet”
“Wolves should be on a real high. Sheff U have just been knocked out of the Cup and lost in mid-week. Not much to play for. “
“Sheff Utd will have to go for it. They could drop another couple of places by the time the 3pm’s are over they will need to go gung ho. We will soak up the early onslaught and pick them off at will.”
“I think the general feeling in our home games is they’ll be 0-0 unless we have a moment of magic…like a Neves or Douglas free kick…and then we punish our opponents about 3-0 who have to open up”.
“This is was posted on a Sheffield Forum today, and their not talking about us lol
“We are one of if not the best footballing sides in this division.””
“Deluded was the first word that came to mind.”
“They’ve got Evans, Clarke and Stearman which should just about say it all. Decent pros but so far away from where we are and where we’re aiming for now it’s laughable.
Look forward to showing them exactly what 11 on 11 can do as they’ve been giving it all that ever since the Brammal Lane game.”
“Revenge over Sheffield United in particular would be sweet.
But let’s not forget they’ll be thinking: “we can be the first to do the double over the mighty Wolves this season””
“If I’m honest, the way they spoke about Wolves on their forums etc after they beat us and ever since… I hope we ****ing stuff them.
As for QPR, meh, we’ll beat them. Sheff Utd one feels much bigger and they will be up for it. I know their fans are reading this, enjoy your cup final lads. We’ll be ready.”
“Gone right off the Blades… reading there Forum after they beat us! Really hope we win this and play them off the park whilst doing it.”
“In fairness we wouldn’t have lost to Sheffield United if Coady hadn’t have walked. Even at 10 men we had moments (the penalty for example). All in all it wasn’t our day, but they were just organised. They’ve lost a lot of momentum over the last 2 months.”
“Have a few blade friends who were giving it large earlier in the season but have spent the last few months in a massive retreat. As a result, I have a unique insight into the psyche of the average blade and so here’s their standard excuses for when they get beat:
1. They would have beaten us if they’d had their first choice midfield available. Whenever they lose it’s always down to them being one or more short in midfield. Admittedly, this argument is going to be more difficult to pull-off now they’ve signed a few. Their first choice midfield are: coutts, some bloke who isn’t coutts, another bloke who isn’t coutts, and another bloke who I’ve never heard of but definitely isn’t as good as coutts. By the way coutts is the best player in the championship and is highly rated by all SU fans. P.S. Coutts suffered a broken leg in a match against Burton literally ages ago but this doesn’t stop SU fans constantly harping on about him. As an update, SU fans are currently petitioning the EFL to get Burton’s villain of the piece banned for life despite the fact that said villain merely attempted to block coutts’ shot and the referee didn’t see the challenge as a foul never mind a booking.
2. Their entire squad, training ground, & stadium, cost less than Neves. They’re very fond of proclaiming that they have the smallest budget in the championship (except they don’t) and will be quick to point this out when they get stuffed. There’s nothing at all ironic in this position despite the fact that they bought promotion from league 1 with the largest budget of all competing clubs and posted a thumping £6 million loss last year. As an aside, Neves isn’t fit to lace Coutts’ boots.
3. Undoubtedly our win will be down to us scoring a worldy. Whenever SU lose it’s because the opposition either: a) score a worldy; b) played out of their skins, e.g. Fulham; c) got lucky, as in, Fulham scored 5 lucky goals.
4. SU got a player undeservedly sent off. As in, since when did a two footed studs up leg breaking lunge 1ft off the ground warrant a red card??? Flecks’ perfectly legitimate well timed tackle was deemed worthy of a red by the overly officious referee of their encounter with Bristol City. Korey Smith, the villain of the piece for successfully influencing the referee due to his theatrics, stupidly took things way too far by actually going off injured. Yes, he went off injured and the knuckle draggers still say he was a play acting wimp. Football is now played by pansies. BC went on to beat SU but only because Fleck was undeservedly sent off and BC got extremely lucky. BC definitely didn’t deserve to win and Wilder definitely didn’t **** things up with his tactics and substitutions. P.S. Wilder is God since achieving promotion from league 1 despite his hands being tied and forced to work miracles with the largest budget in the division.
5. We were nothing special and they battered us at their place. They won’t mention us being a man down for 80 minutes.
Don’t forget: you heard them here first. “
“this is all spot on and is exactly what I have had to put up with all season! Although some of them have actually started to question Wilder now that they are off the pace. Not so many blindly using the phrase “in Wilder we trust” now.” “
At least they’ve quietened down a bit now though. Don’t hear too much about them going up automatically but they’re soooo unlucky. There’s a post on their forum whining on about how every time the opposition shoots they score. They’ve backed-up this ridiculous statement with statistics! “
“A very tough match in prospect.”
“It’ll be tough but I reckon we’ll clinch it.”
“Think this’ll be a really tough game. One of the faster, fitter teams in the division and Leon, Donaldson and Wilson will be a handful.”
“Lee Evans to of course have a blinder. Stearman to score from a corner. Obviously Clarke will score, and if memory serves me correctly Billy Sharp likes to get on the scoresheet against us.”
“After Forest, visiting teams will fancy their chances now.”
“Sheffield united didn’t deserve that. These are the kind of games that get you promoted. We’ve come on so much lately. Great result.”
“Smash and grab. Sheffield united were great have to say harsh on them but moment of magic.”
“Their having a great season and play some great football, they will be pushing”
“They are still the best side to watch in this league & our keeper was comfortably motm for me. Hope we get 2nd and they win the play offs, Wilder deserves to mix it with the best”
“They are a very good side”
“Sheff Utd were a credit to their manager and on the balance of play probably dominated. They closed us down everywhere. Doubled up (sometimes 3 on him) on Grealish
” “Sheffield Utd will beat wolves on saturday and we’ll be 9 points off the top”
“I’d be **** fuming if I were a Sheffield fan. Get in”
“Sheff Utd will definately be wondering how they have not came aeay from that game with something.”
“a great result against a very decent Sheff Utd who worked very hard.”
“Let’s face it we played like shit, but won anyway. I can live with that.”
“Sheffield should have won it, we were very poor, I thought, but who gives a shit – we are 1 point off automatic.”
“Thought, as they were at villa, that Utd are a good strong physical team, but we have that touch of class. We could have lost it, and we will lose games before the end of the season.”
“Johnstone kept us in it again – fantastic keeper”
“Johnstone was the best player. Daylight robbery really”
“Sheffield deserve credit for their aggression because that’s what stopped us from finding a rhythm, but we kept at it and our defence looked solid meaning we were always in with a shout. Scoring in the last minute is so beautiful! Well played lads…”
“overall I though Sheffield united wanted it more but I think they went off the boil the longer the game went on, their subs didnt work “
“United were the better team in the first half, we were better in the second. Johnstone saves were on the way to earning us a point until a moment of magic from Snodgrass. We can’t rely on that type of individual brilliance to bail us out all the time”
“As a Villa fan listening to Chris Wilder after the game you have to say what a top guy and a top manager. Not enough people who are honest and say it how it is in football these days. Sheff Utd are a class act too, definitely be in the playoffs this season! Personally think Bristol City and Cardiff will fall away, especially Cardiff. They def have a lot going for them and think they’ll be one of favourites next season, hopefully we’ll be gone by then!”
“The Sheff Utd manager Chris Wilding is a class act. Smashed it this year for them and if we’re honest, probably should’ve beaten us. Would’ve taken a draw there all day, so the win is flattering but we’ll take it”
“Fair do’s to Chris Wilder there’s a way to react to a loss. I don’t think they deserved to lose. Likeable fella”
“The post match interview of Chris Wilder compared to that Lee Johnston pillock of Bristol City. Wilder oozes grace and humility whilst Johnson was just bitter and jealous. Sheff Utd have gone up a lot in my estimations tonight”
“Can somebody explain why there are loads of Norwich fans replying to Sheffield United official tweets yesterdays? They seem obsessed for some reason”
“If AVFC win and Derby lose their match, then AVFC will go 2nd if the GD and Goals Scored are in our favour.
There is no double pending for AVFC this time, nevertheless, let it be 5 wins in a row !”
“It’ll be a difficult game but I’d take a draw which will bring us nicely into two very easy home games against Burton and Blues.”
“Winning this will be the sweetest one yet. Will be absolutely massive, 5 in a row with Burton and Small Heath round the corner. ITS HAPPENING”
“It just hit me how good our team is for this league. I know I’ve been banging about it all season, but actually seeing it on paper really drives it home. “
“Our team is premier league quality. We really need to be winning most matches in this league.”
“We should fear nobody at the moment.”
“Could be a battle royale this one couldn’t it? Massive game – or should that be another massive game!?”
“will be our hardest game of this set of 5 fixtures. Although in isolation a draw would be a good result it will also be a disappointment, need to keep the pressure on and own this league now.”
“The Sheff United game is the tricky one but i think they are in a false position too. We should beat them.”
“Sheff Utd only know one way to play and that should play into our hands. We just need to keep them out at the other end.”
“They will be tired after the game on Saturday, and the reason I believe we will beat them. “
“They didn’t play a full strength side. Basham, Stevens, O’Connell all on the bench”
“This is a win. I believe in us. Unbelievable. “
“Ok so Alex wasn’t really taking this game seriously with 8
changes but I feel hes cheated the 2500 or so die hard supporters who would only have gone if they expected something out of the game”
“I disagree. Neil did take it seriously but the players didn’t perform. I’m told he was not a happy bunny on that touchline.”
“Since the draw was made for this round I have been saying to my lad that I would take fringe players and reserves today and give them a run out, so I’m definitely not going to start having a moan about AN for making changes. Fair enough, we didn’t create much which is disappointing, but neither did Sheff United. It was two poor teams on the day out there today.”
“We need at our level a strong team core and to make small but meaningful changes to it.
Not 8 at once! The level of players we have are just not good enough for wholesale messing about.”
“We didn’t lose because of the changes so stop using that pathetic excuse. The team was good enough (as a lot of people said before the match) so they didn’t do enough to win end of.” “the team was good enough to win. It’s just we didn’t do enough in the game to do that. And as mentioned before – 6 of the players have been first teamers this season and moult, bodin and rudd could be as well so that’s 9 potentially.” “we were on course for a replay if it wasnt for some stupidity by Clarke, Sheff Utd are a solid side. “
“we were very unlucky to lose today poor performance by both teams set for a draw until Clark mistake we should still be in the draw for 5th round… but we are still having a good season get a grip!! Agree that we are not playing well at moment but things are not as bad as many are saying”
“I thought we were the far better team – it wasn’t a penalty- the referee was shite – we were unlucky – some (if not all) of the squad were suffering from upset tummies – the grass was too long – the Yorkshire air was smelly – the manager knows nothing about football – the lads are tired etc etc
1001 excuses for why are now playing a lot less attractive football to what was served up for the first few weeks of the season. THIS IS PRESTON NORTH END what do you expect?”
“out of the cup, going backwards in the league this the life of the PNE fan.
I really should be used to this after all this years. Nothing ever changes.”
“Another case of a big away follwing with high expectations only to be let down by a poor performance”
“Another dire performance from PNE.”
“Absolutely shocking. Woeful performance.”
“as exciting as every Prseton and Sheff Utd fan had predicted when the draw was made”
“Mate from work has just text me saying a rumour doing the rounds on the way home is there has been a fall out.
Few things thrown and a few players spitting their dummies out”
“I think Clarke got the ball, without much touch to player.
Absolute stupid challenge though.”
“Even if it was a bit harsh, so what? It was given. We need to get over it and stop blaming refs. Todays performance was woefully inept.”
“I’d rather be out than have a replay”
“Lad stood in front of us today gave Clayton Donaldson stick for the whole game as he thought he was Nile Ranger. ‘When’s your next prison sentence Ranger?’ Unbelievable stuff ahaha “
“winnable I wouldnt think theyll fancy playing us”
“we have already beaten them once this season. Whoever does win this one could have affect on confidence when we meet in the league at Bramall Lane”
“Winnable but hardly a pulse raiser”
“For me, the Cup is about something different than the league. So, we either wanted the excitement of playing a Prem team or a should win match against a lower team.
Sheff Utd is a tough draw in football terms and is just simply not that interesting. It’s like adding one more league fixture to the season.”
“I fancy a draw, would be typical.”
“Someone challenged people to name a worse possible draw. I could easily name loads. Sheff United away obviously wasn’t the big plum, but it’s a really interesting game.” “I wonder how many ‘top’ teams millwall and Cardiff faced on their way to semi finals and finals.
I’m pretty sure we have only played Sheffield Utd a couple of times recently in the cup and both occasions got a big draw in the next round.
So either we take this game as a chance to progress further and unexpectedly get really far depending on the next round draw or we get a decent chance of progressing and getting a big team in the next round.”
“It’s a great draw if we have any designs on progressing in the competition and for the coffers
Beat Sheffield which is well within our ability. Get a few pounds for the pleasure then the chances of a “bigger” team and even more money are a possibility”
“The Sheffield United forum is almost a mirror image of this.
Lots of ‘winnable’ comments as the main positives above it simply being a boring draw.
Both sides deserve chucking out of the tournament for the fans being ungrateful bastards.
Both are good proper football teams, and whichever progresses to the next round will probably be deserving of the honour.
Why losing against a giant is somehow more satisfying is a mystery. It just reinforces the idea that we are small and poor and should be grateful for the big boys attracting a large crowd to see us battered. The FA cup is arguably the best competition in English football, given the number of teams that enter, we should aspire to get as far as possible to prove that we aren’t just a small team with a nice history.
Sheffield United are almost identical to us as a club in terms of infrastructure and fans. We should have the utmost respect for them and hope that when the teams meet, our team edges it, because there is no automatic right for us to beat them and it will be a respectable achievement if we better them on the day.”
“let’s face it Sheffield United are a much bigger team fans-wise than North End.
Avg home attendance this season of Sheff Utd is 26.647, which is almost double PNEs 13.811.
I have never liked Sheff Utd (always preferred Wednesday) but I agree with you that they are a proper football club (whatever that means), with passionate local supporters.”
“sold out now and we have asked for an extra 500 tickets”
“Imagine if every English football game was a tenner… “
“It just shows what decent pricing can do to an away following numbers wise.” “United have used some common sense though and charged decent prices for the fans, had they charged £25 we’d have probably had 1k fans at Bramall Lane if that.”
“Been there about 4 times but should hopefully make this one – its a cracking away day with some cracking pubs.”
“Spoilt only by their dickhead stewards….”
“Most officious and miserable outbound staff on the circuit. I certainly will not be going to Bramhall Lane.”
United are back in FA Cup action this weekend as The Blades take on Preston in the 4th Round of the famous competition. Although not the main priority on any clubs lists these days a good cup run, especially for a lower league side, still holds an excitement that can’t be matched. United’s last great run was in the 2013/2014 where, as a League One club, we reached the Semi Finals beating two Premierships sides on the way to Wembley. The cup run gave Unitedites many great moments that will stick in the memory for as long as they live. Here I take a look at just a few of the players who helped us in that remarkable cup run and see how they are getting on today.
The player who has gone to achieve more than any other from the 2013/2014 squad is undoubtedly Harry Maguire. Last year saw him make his England debut and the Leicester fans have been very impressed with their summer signing.
“Maguire is having a great season”
“Maguire is one of the four best defenders in the division”
“simply amazing and didn’t put a foot wrong.. his best performance in blue and he’s had some good ones”
“Maguire was close to perfection today. What a player, what a signing”
“Think Dragovic andMaguire has the potential to be the best centre-back partnership we’ve ever had, and that’s a position we’ve generally been strong in over the last 30 years.”
“Everyone bangs on about mahrez and vardy leaving but Maguire might be worth more!!”
“Maguire would deal with Kane!”
“Maguire is brilliant, I love him”
A more unsung hero in our cup exploits was captain Michael Doyle. He is now back at his old club Coventry and is a key part of their promotion challenging team, along with another former Blade.
“There are two players we must keep, Doyle and McNulty”
“Doyle and McNulty must stay fit if we are to make the play offs”
“We desperately were crying out for a leader. No matter what his shortcomings talent wise. No one can argue he’s a true leader and huge voice in dressing room who has by all accounts impeccable standards for training etc.
The man is a leader and to me one of my favourite Cov players of all time, yes he isnt technically gifted like other players, but he always gives 100%, he puts himself on the line and wears the badge with immense pride.
Nothing but love for Doyler from me. “
“Never been that enamoured with Doyle before, but I can see what he adds to the team and he is forever getting a leg in, chasing down, breaking up play, getting in players faces, disrupting the opposition and just keeps going relentlessly. He also has great passion and spirit and that counts for a lot.”
“I think he adds more to the side than some give him credit for.
“Robins and team rely so much on the unsung Doyle.”
“Doyle is the glue that keeps the team together”
“Does this guy run on Duracell?”
Chris Porter was our top scorer in both League and Cup in the 2013/2014 season and it seems his coolness from the spot hasn’t changed.
“Porter takes a great pen”
“Even with Chris Porter back from injury it’s not enough.”
“Wish everyone associated with Crewe had same mindset as Porter”
“Ports is a legend”
“Massive Chris Porter fan. Hes a goal scorer and its great to have him.”
“Always like seeing Porter grab a goal”
“Said all season get porter in the box he will score !”
One of the most memorable moments of the cup run was the last minute goal by Shaun Miller in the replay against then Premiership Fulham. He is now at Carlisle but there is a debate to whether he will soon be moving on to pastures new.
“Shaun Miller’s problem throughout his career has been his lack of consistency. He can have a good season like he did at Morecambe then go on a long run of games without scoring. I was looking at some of the articles from the Crewe Chronicle when he played for Crewe and it’s much as you’d expect. I think we’re better to off-load him now to save his wages.”
“I cannot see a footballing reason to let Miller go. We need a small, tricky forward who can score. He’s not pulling up trees this year and looks better off the bench but has always struck me a quality player who, like Devitt, perhaps given a freer role is hard to pick up and can create problems.”
“Miller’s style does not suit the style of play under Curle, which is baffling considering he brought him in after 1 prolific season with Morcambe.
Miller is a favourite of mine because of the goals he has scored, or the shots he has attempted. Shaun will be 31 this year. is he going to improve anymore than he has, like Jabo, and improve his goal scoring at another club. i dont think he can as scoring every 5 games ratio is not good enough.”
“Letting Shaun Miller go would be a huge mistake in my book with him being the best forward we have. The problem is he doesn’t fit in to the Manager’s hoofball tactic and I feel were he in a side who liked to keep it on the ground then he’d bag 15+ a season.I expect Fash the Bash or Niall Quinn to be coming out of retirement anytime soon.”
“there is obviously abit of skill about him and just needs to be in the right team.”
Jose Baxter scored the opening goal in the semi-final at Wembley and was another who played a huge part in the our cup success. After well documented off the field issues he was eventually released by The Blades in 2016. He now finds himself back at his first club Everton though he’s not involved with the first team squad.
“I think he‘s played three or four U23s, last time I remember him was getting clattered and walking off injured , think it was Swansea. He reminds me of watching semi professional games when an old former pro comes on at half time, you can see there was a talent there once , just cant do it for 70 mins . But he‘s getting fitter and I would say a reasonable chance somebody will pick him up from us come January.”
“he‘s played at a few times, kit is a little tight on him these days but he‘s still got the most ability on the pitch by a mile for me. He must be in the shop window for a loan. Could do a great job in the lower leagues”
“he‘s had a couple of offers for january from Oldham and Fleetwood which was the point of the exercise”
“Sounds like he hasn’t got in any more bother. Hopefully he’s a reformed character”
“Think he’s nursing an injury”
“The only thing he’s nursing is a semi at the fact he’s still getting paid to play footy.”
“Why did we even entertain the idea of bringing this oxygen thief back? Utter joke.”
“I just dont understand the clubs decision to bring Baxter or Jeffers back in. Both total wastes of talent & not the kind of people you want around your academy kids.”
“They gave the kid a chance to get back, you all are a bunch of sad people for not seeing that.Good on the club, these kind of projects and caring for others that might not bring “profit” is what I want to see from the club. “
Norwich 1-2 Blades
“Well that was a let down after the Chelsea show.
Sheff were by far the better team so no complaints really”
“We played well in patches but overall it was a shocker. We seemed to perk up a bit when Wes came on but overall it was lethargic and lack lustre. Tettey was either by-passed or awful and Maddison was seldom involved and his passing wayward. Unfortunately it was a play-off 6 pointer so it will be Championship again next season. On the plus side it highlighted that we simply must get another striker and playing 8 defensive players at home for a must win game is not ideal. Sheff Utd were worthy comfortable winners and we can have no complaints.”
“First half they had 6 attackers in or around our box every time they attacked. Wen we attacked? 2 or 3 tops.”
“tiredness was never a reason for today’s performance.
It was rank bad. Poor passing even at our snail pace and no-one pushing forward in support.”
“Tiredness absolutely was a reason for today. Not an excuse and certainly not the only reason but a significant one. Physically and mentally fatigued, the team can’t possibly be at its best after Wednesday’s efforts.”
“We may well have lost to the bullying Blades even if we hadn’t played Wednesday”
“I am willing to put yesterday down to tiredness from Chelsea, and also Sheff U being streetwise in exploiting it, even when we were chasing the game it never really felt like we were going to get anything out of it.”
“With the lack of squad depth, and goal scoring ability (noticeably our only goal again was produced by a defender) given United’s physicality and more rest the result is not that surprising”
“Sheff Utd clearly did their homework and played better than us – simple as”
“I thought they were quite good tbf. To me they should be a bit of a lesson to DF about different ways to win games in this league.”
“no complaints, they were much the better side and probably should of had the game wrapped up by half time”
“Sheffield United as well won literally every second ball and looked far fresher and generally far better a team than we did. They were always in control”
“Sheff Utd are a perfect example of what “league one standard” players can do.”
“The disappointing thing for me was that Sheff Utd really aren’t anything special. They did do the simple things well though which is something we really struggled with today.”
“Sheff U were a typical workmanlike Championship side, lots of graft but not a huge amount of quality, they were just quicker out of the blocks than we were and we never really had the energy to claw it back.”
“Ref was a complete (unt. Sheff united are a bunch of poncey (unts.”
“Just one of those games, we didn’t play well enough, be it knackered or whatever reason, but Sheff did a job on us in that game, could have been three up in the first 25 minutes.
Wilder is in the same bracket as Warnok and Pulis. “
“Interesting that Wilder recognises today was an opportunity for his team due to our 120 minutes in midweek, and he was surprised how we came on strong towards the end for the same reason.”
“It wasn’t the best performance, but Wilder did a job on us today, took Maddison out the game and Oliviera & Murphy just never really got going.
Tettey, did great to cover, then made one of his normal mistakes during a season, instead of booting it out, regrouping tried to keep position……it’s nice to see keep ball but sometimes it has to be belted into the stand.”
“Unfortunate but credit as much as it hurts to Seff United they did the job.”
“that Wilder is a fat horrible ***.”
“Well played to Sheffield Utd. Deserved the win today. As for their fickle fans and absolutely pathetic manager… I really can’t believe how childish the manager is. Don’t know his name. Don’t really care. Should take a look at himself and grow up tbh. Clearly holding a grudge over a defeat for no reason. I’ve seen way worse time wasting than what we apparently did at theirr place. And theirr managers excuses for that loss were so laughable! ”
“Their fans love his passion and clear love of the club, which is understandable, but he is severing lacking in class in general. You can b
e passionate without being obnoxious – his comments after the last game were particularly grim”
“2nd win in ten ! Course he’s delighted , we saved his job”
“Bitter, bitter fans, they’re an embarrassment to their team, whom I actually thought played very well….they and the tosser Chris ‘the bus driver’ Wilder need to get over the bitterness and concentrate on your football. Banter it may be, but they celebrated like they’d won the league….and as for the over reaction from Chris Wilder & their subs warming down was embarrassing ”