View From Wednesday

“They was going to do what to us Well done everyone.”

“Think we edged it in every area. We dominated the midfield for 60 mins, their attackers didn’t get a sniff and we created the games best chance. The only area we didn’t dominate in was the final ball but they were poor there too. “

“How on earth they are third is beyond me. Just shows what good organisation and motivation can do. “

“Good solid performance against Brazil there.  Never seen Brazil play that many long balls. I think thats got got to be disappointing for the pigs, two points dropped at a big important stage in the season.”

“Good result considering we were playing Barcelona B.”

“TBF there’s been some less than average performances tonight from the likes of Bannan, Reach and Boyd, so I’m happy with a point. At least it’s put a stutter on their promotion ambitions, another point and clean sheet and 7 games unbeaten. Building for next season.”

“Don’t write off this season yet, all sorts of twists and turns to come.”

Tell you what, if by some miracle we did sneak into the play-offs I’d seriously fancy our chances.

” We stopped their normal method of playing it out from the back by pressing high on their back line and making Henderson resort to hoofball.”

“Overall we did very well against a side who have, annoyingly, been one of the best in the league. We’ve definitely turned a corner though which is reassuring.”

“Even Steven as Solskjaer likes to say.”

“Nil nil not a great result in terms of the table but i feel a hell of a lot better after this nil nil than the last 2 games we played against them”

“Utd edged a scrappy game but that was to be expected at the moment and losing FF took one of our main threats away . “

“The Barcelona of Yorkshire mump about 0-0 when we don’t go toe to toe with them. But they still can’t beat us when we do. Right old turn up for the books. “

“I wish that I was at school with Wilder… I’d have wound him up like a top.”

” Cant disagree with anything piggy Wilder said TBF”

“How did that fat pig Sharp get through that game without a booking. What a dirty pig he really is. Built in his managers image. “

“Could have had six yellows. Every single set piece. Then snidey kick on Hector at the end. Proper Blunt.”

“Typical of that lot that Billy Blunt will be one of their club legends. Nasty piece of work when all’s said and done”

“He must hate playing us, he was tug tonight same with madine, they looked better when boldrick came on”

Madine is just a poor footballer. If wilder keeps playing him it could cost them promotion. ”

“Mind. That Fleck is a snidey little gobshite too. “

Jesus Christ how quiet were they?  Second half was  silent – think they knew they weren’t gonna steamroll us”

“Unfortunately the whole crowd sounded quiet on the tv. I think our ticket prices are keeping the ‘passionate’ fan away.”

“The home support were excellent tonight.  Pigs diabolical”

“We were loud tonight – they were worried” 

Pre-Match View From Wednesday

“no pressure on us, Pigs have everything to lose, all pressure on them, they’re favourites but on paper people forget we’ve still got strongest side”

“We had a chance to mug them at theirs if we’d stepped up in the last ten. Their legs and heads had gone at not being able to get a goal.
But we didn’t. Apart from that one chance we sat in and saw the point out.
They’re not all that, regardless of where they are on the league.
Wildpig will get his selection wrong and it’ll be all about winding Hutch and Forestieri up to gain an advantage.
He’ll set it up for Madine to run round trying to be Billy big bollox but that’ll just end up pissing the other Billy off.
If Forestieri plays this right then Bashsam could be getting a bath before half time. If Madine starts I can see him on a card inside ten minutes.
All we’ve got to do is stay calm, play out the initial piggy pashun burst at the beginning of each half, and hit them on the counter”

“I’m quite relaxed. We have nothing to lose.”

“I think it will be the most high intensity derby game in years. I think it will be proper fire meets fire but I’m always going to back a Wednesday win”

“Fancy us to create a mini upset, for the first time this season we look a confident side and are playing without pressure. Think we will go and try to win the game this time”

“They’ll rightly be favourites. But we have to be a lot more confident than the last time we played them.  We’re a different team. We have the quality and enough momentum to turn them over. But they could say the same thing.  All set up for a classic.”

“I’d just be happy to see us in their half”

“Free hit for us this one I reckon. Win and its party time and still with a shot at a crazy end to the season. Lose and it hurts but its not like they’ve ruined our season. We’ve been crap for most of it. Most blades I know are either arrogant about it or overly pessimistic as a shield. Whichever camp they fall into though, this is the game they want to win the most. They hate us and it defines them. Its proper weird” 

“Bloke I work with, a Blunt, said two weeks ago ” you Pigs are gonna get a right hammerin’ “. Couple of days ago it’s down to ” think a draw will be okay “. Told him we’d see on Tuesday morning. He said ” can’t I’m taking the day off”.  Wonder why.”

“It’s the Bruce effect. They were all giving it the big un pre Christmas. Now a little worried. 3 I know we’re all getting tickets and boasting how many points they had. Not one em’s got a ticket.” 

“Two neighbours of mine are suddenly not so confident. Both of them predict owls to win.”

“Must be worried there might be a repeat of the ” Mind The Gap 2012 ” season if we beat the scrubbers on Mon”

“If they beat us it’s Se la vie, if we beat them it’s the end of their season, be a handy three points for us though in our last attempt to reach the play-offs, wouldn’t it be nice to beat them then?”

“if we win or lose we’ll still be in Championship next season, massive pressure on them, look what a defeat to them did to our season back in sept 17. We can’t say there’s no pressure on us because we are the home team in a massive local derby, but in terms of league position the pressure is on them. I’m nervous, but not as nervous as the away game this season as I was adamant we’d get pumped, now we have Brucey in charge we have a great chance, I just hope we play with the same intensity as Tuesday, for me that was a great performance & I think we have to be at that level if we want to win as we all know how much they’ll be up for it with Wilder & also the fact they have the full LL end now!”

“Unsure how any pig is worried. Guaranteed play offs, strong contender for automatics. If we beat them, it would be an insignificant blot on their season if they go up.”

“Are the pigs ready for fessi hutcho bannan Hannibal…Jesus going to be some passion on the pitch”

“Tell ya now if we beat those pigs we’re in the hunt”

“No bugga wants to go up – well look out we coming for you UTO”

“I’m just gonna say what everyone’s thinking, we beat Sheff United Monday and the playoffs are on”

“A win on Monday will be fantastic especially if it dents their top 2 chances. Anything beyond this  is a Brucie bonus.”

“If we don’t make the playoffs then we can forget about promotion this season.”

” They can have the promotion and we’ll have the 3 points – that’s the real quiz.”

“Wilders strike force are journeymen to be fair. Both Sharp and McGoldrick haven’t scored many goals at this level for anybody else. He knows how to get the absolute best out of his resources.”

“I think it will be the most important game of blunts season. Can we kill off there promotion hopes again?”

“we cannot kill off their promotion push, but we can damage their confidence. I predict Wednesday to win and United to promoted”

“they were taking a top 2 finish for granted with 12 games to go in 2012……”

“If pigs manage to keep this form going, they will deservedly join Norwich, but while i can see them doing that, i can also just as easily see them tailing off when it matters, they are due a bad run, most other sides have had a few. in summary, there is a load of crap up there compared to the 2 seasons we had a run at it, had we timed it better, this last 2 years would have been easier to get up had we kept our $h1t together.. “

“I think they’ll get automatics now. Leeds look absolutely spent, and West Brom have looked all over the place when I’ve seen them recently. Monday is huge pressure/test for them though, as they need the win. Mess up and these things have a funny way of derailing a season.”

“They do seem to have an annoyingly strong mentality. The Villa capitulation would have broken some teams but they just bounced back with a couple of decent wins. “

“Sadly I think they’ll go up even if we beat them now. Easy run-in, Bristol C and Leeds aside. WBA and Leeds losing form and everyone else too far off. “

“United will win the league. Only thing I can see them not going up is a mental breakdown affer we’ve beaten them, or heavy legs/small squad starting to hit and hit soon.”

“Think top 2 will still be Leeds and Norwich. United to finish a close 2nd and actually do it this time in the playoffs. Anyway who’s bothered if United will go up? Yes they’ll be unbearable but after getting stuffed 5-0 by Man C, Liverpool and Spurs there spirit will be broken, they’ll go down comfortably and McCabe will take their parachute money for ‘safe keeping’.
They’ll go back down and waste their money like they did last time. “

“I think it’s a demographic thing why there fans are classless scrubbers”

” United sold 30,000 at the Lane in the last Steel City Derby, who were and still are pushing for automatic promotion. Wednesday are expected to sell 31,000 at Hillsborough a team who’ve had a boring and dull season. ‘SUFC are a bigger club than SWFC.’ Jog on.”

“Just like to congratulate Sheff Utd for selling a few more tickets than you originally got. Really impressive when you’re pushing for promotion and 3 miles away. Phenomenal support”

“Their hardcore support only just sold out for their table top clash with Norwich recently. “

“They only usually take 1,645 anyway. Should be loads of tickets let”

“They’re always moaning about how they hate Hillsborough, they trip over themselves to get here though. The Lepps too good for them” 

“This giving the pigs extra tickets is shocking. Don’t blame chansiri really for taking the cash but it’s shown our so called fans up for what they are though gloryhunters”

“Wednesday should have sold out for united match easily! Where is everyone that went to wembley and arsenal match?? Sick of seeing united fans wanking them sens to death because they are bringing 4000. they didnt even sell out when we last played and it only holds 32.000 but we should have ”

“We’re desperate for cash. If our fans aren’t buying the tickets, sell them to them. You should be questioning our fans, not DC.”

“The money from an extra 1600 tickets is hardly going to ease FFP
I’d have given the c**ts 1 ticket less than they gave us “

“Let the oinkers rain piss and coins down on top of their own after watching their team unravel before their eyes” 

“There were 30,261 at the sty, what’s the odds there were still be more at ours on Monday despite their feeble complaints?” 

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View From West Brom

“3 horse race now for top 2 or still 4 and possibly boro ?
Leeds away Friday is a must win imo if not be play offs “

“Come up against a decent side and we’re found wanting again”

“Won’t see a more comfortable 1-0 than that. Schooled. “

“The worst indictment is that Sheff Utd wanted it more. They were half a yard quicker all night.  We just cannot help ourselves giving goals to the opposition.”

“I’m actually disgusted by that performance, we looked like amateurs”

“So obvious it wasn’t working in midfield, all game we was overrun, all game we played it into the midfield and put ourselves under pressure. Automatic is done…over

Our home form is an embarrassment.

Why can we not win at home? Why can’t we build up a head of steam?

Why do we make the same mistakes every home game and nothing changes

I’m fuming tonight….”

“One of the worst performances I’ve seen. Absolutely clueless throughout, from start to finish. Just shocking. Before fans start with the “not Moores fault”, the man tells them to pass out from the back every time. Our players don’t know what to do. Sheff utd had time to pass and move, everything.He either doesn’t know how to change or he won’t. Pathetic. ”

” Pathetic absolutely pathetic performance that, completely void of all ideas all on the coaching staff. We’ve had about 3 games all season where we have performed well for a team with the supposed quality we have in it that’s not good enough. The home form is now a genuine problem. Playoffs at best and we’l get done over by Pulis. “

“One of the worst performances i’ve ever seen from a midfielder from Barry, lost it almost every time he had it, couldn’t pass, caught on it anytime he tried to dribble, provided nothing in defence. Been good most this season but that was an absolute shocker. “

“Sheffield United were the better side and probably deserved to win. Disgraceful from Rodriguez to be honest, that’s not the way we should be playing. Though if he scored it’d be a different story, I can guarantee that!”

“Got beat by a team with a better game plan”

“Sheff Utd just about deserved it. Our key players not on the top of their game. Not enough quality in final third, too slow build up.”

“Sheff Utd played well, defended resolutely first to the ball and kept it in possession.”

“It was a test to see where we really are in terms of promotion and the evidence suggests we will fall short of automatic as SU were just too good for us today”

“Wilders plan worked perfectly..could have stayed out for another hour and we still wouldn’t have scored”

“Sheffield United deserve credit, they did their homework on us and it paid off “

“Fair play Sheff Utd. Best team I’ve seen this season. Shut us completely down”

“credit to sheff utd took their chance look a decent side”

“sheff Utd so much better than us tonight,didn’t deserve anything”

Sheff utd did to us what we did to stoke a couple of weeks back…….perfect away performance from them.”

“Credit to Sheff Utd, thought they played really well, good football, good movement and a yard quicker in every position. “

“We made a good well organised championship team look better than they are really but again not surprised. Just scratching my head. Fair play to Sheff Utd . They look much more like a team than we do. “

“Sheff Utd had a weakened and makeshift defence tonight and we haven’t laid a glove on them. We’re getting worse going forward and the defending is as shambolic as ever. That’s automatics out of the window. Can’t see past Norwich and Leeds walking it now. Time to start looking for a proper head coach, away form the only thing keeping him in a job.”

“I thought Sheffield United were a decent side, nothing special based on tonight but also dont think they really got out of 1st gear it was that easy for them. They thoroughly deserved to win and to be fair you can see why there fans were so confident as they are a better team than us, i dont like them as a club but it would be good to see a team who plays that way go into the premier league as they have a go. “

“Players had very little passion today and sheffield united arent a particularly goods side nor for a minute do i think they will go up but they wanted it more than us”

“I don’t actually know if Shef Utd are any good, as they didn’t need to be against us. All they had to do was work hard, press us when we had the ball knowing that we would eventually pass it to them. A solid, workmanlike performance which sees at least one team promoted every year, such as Hudds Town and Cardiff in recent years. “

“Thought Sheffield United were a dirty bitty side only interested in gamesmanship and time wasting. “

“Sheff Utd in fairness were excellent for the first 30mins with the way they knocked the ball around.  After that they were pretty garbage”

Sheff Utd are hard working but ain’t world beaters. “

“Regards Sheffield United I thought they were a functional side nothing more, still expect to finish comfortably above them,  and would be more than happy to meet them in the play offs if we don’t make top 2. They stuck to their game plan while Barry and Harper had their worst performances of the season. Got themselves in front after a mistake then through a combination of 11 behind the ball, diving, rolling around, gamesmanship and time wasting held us at bay. Not how I’d want to win but each to their own. Fleck’s a dirty little t**t too. “

“Even in defeat you can see that we have the better team”

“We dominated just didn’t take our chances. Still think we’ll win the league”

“Sheff Utd definitely looked fresher than us from the start. Extra couple of games because of the cup and replay and the QPR game on Tuesday seemed to take their toll. Maybe because we finished the game at their place on cruise control we expected it to be the same. “

“Our fans claiming that Sheff United were average is just completely ridiculous. Why? Because they didn’t spank us? We were poor but they played us absolutely perfectly. We could still be playing tomorrow and the game would finish 1-0″

“Sheffield United pounced on with an energetic but disciplined display, credit to their fans who were superb throughout but unfortunately I can’t say the same regarding our fans, some need to learn how to take the lows not only the highs!”

Pre-Match View From West Brom

“Massive game this is, we need to win. Don’t really care how, just need to win”

“Think it will be a cracker and we will come out on top.”

“This is a massive game for us, win this and I think we’ll get automatic promotion. I always love beating Sheffield United to be honest (much prefer Wednesday) especially if we have a pretty full strength then I think we should win, however our home form has been terrible and we’ll need to find a way to break them down. If they play gung-ho against us, I think we’ll beat them, bit like the Leeds game.”

“no disrespect to these but come on this should be targeted as a win. i cant think of one of their players who would get into our team. its time for our players and coaching staff to give us a performance that stands out”

“none of their players would get in our best 11. They are punching miles above their weight this season, I’ve never considered them a serious threat to the top 2. Fail to beat these on Saturday and Norwich and Leeds have the automatics in the bag.”

“we should have enough to beat these,with Murphy and Harper improving and Gayle and Phillips back,it will be the usual stupid short passing at the back and in midfield going astray making us own worst enemy that is our biggest problem,maybe at home we need to let the opposition have more of the ball and hit them on the break,rather than us having to attack them.”

“Tell you what, the users on the Sheffield United forum are overly confident aren’t they? Incredible stuff. One thinks they’ve got the best strikers in the League, that’ll be Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, Gary Madine and Scott Hogan? Ermm no mate. Most think they’ll beat us easily on Saturday, I’m dumbfounded.”

“Billy Sharp is having a great season, he is my biggest concern.”

“The Blades fans are quite confident aren’t they?
Funny they weren’t so happy a week or so ago when they threw away a 3 goal lead in 9 minutes. Expect us to smash them on Saturday, horrible little club that doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the premier league.”

“As Leeds, Sheffield United, Bristol City and Norwich (2nd half away and 1st half home) know when we play anything like we can no team in the league can live with us and as per the above, that includes the top teams as the results show. Out the top 6 we have only lost to Middlebrough (twice) so far but with how football works that was always going to happen with it being Pulis. The issue we have had is consistency, as everyone keeps pointing out we probably do have the best squad in the league but football dont always work like that, if it did Man United wouldnt of been halfway down the premier league a few weeks ago with the players they have. If we play to our best and Sheffield United play to their best we will beat them comfortably same as we would every other team in the league as past results show. That is not being arrogant and there is no saying that will happen, your not always at your best and different factors play a part, i think saturday will be a hard game and i wouldnt be surprised if it ends up a draw.”

“I like Chris Wilder and i think Sheffield United are a good team, however i dont like them as a club, never have, much prefer Sheffield Wednesday and i am not too sure why they are so cocky and sure about winning, they may want to recall the game at their place when after the first half hour they barely got a kick, we won at a canter despite it only being 2-1, we controlled the game relatively easy. “

“Just been on their forums and wow are they deluded! Someone said on there we are a top 10 Champ team and that’s it.
Can’t wait to stuff them on Saturday and then see what they say!”

“We have the better players so should win but it doesn’t always work out like that.  No reason why we can’t put 4 or 5 past them, even Villa managed 3!”

“Any team that concedes three goals in 10 minutes to a Villa team without Grealish probably shouldnt get too cocky. “

“Sheff utd showed against the vile that they have a soft underbelly”

“Have you noticed that most of the other managers say that we should be top because we’ve got premier league players.
They’re sort of saying well we should lose but if we win its a great victory.
Gets on my nerves trying to be a win win for them etc”

“Anyone remember first home game of the season after relegation in 1986, when Shef Utd were the visitors for a night match. Only time I have ever seen away fans in such numbers in the BRE.”

Loan Updates

Wigan Fans Views On Leon Clarke

“He was class today”

“He looked fine and was a handful.”

“Clarke looked like a good old fashioned centre forward.”

“Does Leon Clarke know the offside rule or is he just a lazy shite?”

“Genuinely, every single ball that came to him he got flagged”

“He was very quiet today”

“As for Clarke……he created nothing and centre halfs had him in their pockets all night.”

“My only gripe was Clarke, for me he’s just not good enough. I thought that first time round and nothings changed my mind now.”

“no better than 1st time round.Leading the line,never won a header,lay off or flick on. Is he really the best we could muster up ???”

Fleetwood Fans Views On Ched Evans

“Well done Ched, just what we needed, wish we could keep you here as our player”

“Good to see Ched bag a few”

“Back in the side and back with a bang. Deserved a hat-trick but positioning was top notch.”

“Evans is insane at holding it up. “

“Sign ched permanently”

“hardly given a sniff by Luton’s mean defence.”

Guiseley Fans Views On Marcus Dewhurst

“We gained a point last night – but only thanks to some fine saves by Marcus Dewhurst.”

“without Dewhurst the defeat could have been much larger.”

“Dewhurst was fine, the others poor”

“Marcus Dewhurst saved us from total embarrassment by making some truly magnificent saves. He is a star in the making!”

Guiseley Fans Views On George Cantrill

“Played well”

“Cantrill broke things up well”

“had a particularly good games last night.”

“looks quite useful and seems willing to put in a shift”

“Cantrill was excellent after a little bit of a shaky start when he gave the ball away a couple of times. I hope he can continue that form for the rest of the season.”

“He was excellent”

“Thought George Cantrill was inspired today, even before he scored the goal, he was MOTM”

“Cantrill looks as if he has plenty to offer.”

“A great addition”

Doncaster Rovers Fans Views On Tyler Smith

“Made the EFL team of the week.”

“Two well taken goals”

“The biggest positive for me today is that Smith looks to be the predator striker I was hoping we could get to partner JM.
He certainly impressed me with the way he put those two chances away, plus he wasn’t afraid to do the hard work.”

“Great to see what Tyler Smith has been like in his 2 interviews since he arrived, a young lad just absolutely loving playing football. Such a difference to some of the loan players we’ve had from leagues above in the past”

“Even more impressive than his debut performance was how quickly Smith had whipped his shirt off and was almost in the crowd in celebration. Instant fans favourite”

“Cracking debut from Tyler Smith though today, can’t wait to see more of him”

“Excited at the prospect of watching him over the next few months”

“He looks a top prospect, calm in front of goal, quick, bright, and always on the shoulder of the defender. A young Billy Sharp”

“Sheffield United potentially have a real star on their hands”

Barrow Fans Views On Rhys Norrington-Davies

“Norrington-Davies was excellent.”

“Norrington deserved MOTM he was our main threat down the left particularly second half”

“Norrington-davies was immense”

“the whole team (bar Norrington who’d run for 180 minutes) just didn’t seem to have the same energy as usual”

“about been our best player week in week out”

“All of the loanees have improved. Many have added to their value and we are increasingly seen as a safe haven for youngsters in development which in turn leads to better quality players being recruited. Norrington-Davis is a shining example of this”

“Badly missed Norrington-Davies, he’d been a big attacking outlet for us”

“Wrap him up in cotton wool”

Carlisle United Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“Skillful and tricky. A top third player who needs to be fed the ball time and time again, until he runs out of steam.”

“Has obvious ability”

“I feel that particularly with Thomas, as he gets fitter, he could, potentially be a match winner.”

“plenty of flashes of skill, looked very dangerous first half.”

“looks quality but hasn’t played enough or isn’t fit enough”

“hit n miss. Some good stuff, some awful stuff also seems to get annoyed when stuff he tried didn’t work or get picked up by other players, can see why it therefore didn’t work at Notts county.”

“Am not seeing it with Thomas i’m afraid, he was isolated for spells first half and wasn’t happy when pulled. O’Hare also is disappointing even tho he gets stuck in”

“I thought Thomas was poor, he constantly ran into the defender and kept laying the ball back to Liddle, more so in the first half, instead of going past his man or swinging in a cross.”

Carlisle United Fans Views On Regan Slater

“not much impact” “not his day and lasted just the hour” “another developing really well and gaining in confidence”

“lots of energy, keeps the ball well and never does much wrong”

“he’s a busy little player” “He hasn’t exactly set the world alight”

“Worked hard and shows really good flashes going forward.”

“Worked hard, technically very skilled, but a bit lightweight”

“seems to be a weak link atm too much being asked of him”

“an exciting prospect who will make a big impact. Not a bad player but not much of an impact compared to many others”

Peterborough Fans Views On Daniel Lafferty

“Thought he was very good”

“looked a useful addition to the side”

“Like the look of Lafferty” “Looks a great signing”

“Lafferty is a solid LB” “Very good”

“Lafferty offered a lot more going forward down left.”

“He’s strengthened the team”

“Class addition” “Really like the look of Lafferty too. You trust he’s not going to make a mistake but also calm when going forward! Could be a player!”

View From Reading

“Reading are now on a run of 9 league games against the Blades which has seen them gather just 1 point. And that point was gathered at Bramall Lane almost exactly 8 years ago to the day. “

“Thank fudge that is over. Wouldn’t have scored if we’d played for a week.”

“Sheff Utd are quite possibly the best team we have played this year”

“They are a seriously good side and I think wilder is an exceptional manager. The best in the division by a distance. “

“You have to give Sheffield credit. To say we gave them the win would be naive, they’re quicker, stronger and better in all departments. But we could have done a hell of a lot more. Well played to United though, their style of play is a pleasure to watch, they’re quick, incisive and always pick the right option. Norwood and Madine were class for them, fortunately for us their LWB was pretty average or the scoreline could have been worse. They just need to cut out their pre-match comments ”

“It was a similarly poor performance as Blackburn first half against a team with the quality to actually punish us”

“Passing football like we do is nonsense, United have the perfect balance between when to go short and when to go long .Norwood > Any of our midfielders, but I could have told you that three years ago. I remember when people said Norwood wouldn’t get in our team because we had Evans, Swift and Kelly. How wrong were they”

“Gary Madine showing what a Champ striker looks like, while we’ve spent the last couple years trying to figure it out. “

“You can’t have any complaints about Oliviera. If he’d had the service Madine got I’m sure we’d have a goal or two.Now Norwood, Duffy and Fleck would walk into our team, look about and then walk right back out in disgust. “

“men vs boys, Sheff showing in last couple seasons what you can do in Champ without spending billions. And oh, they made more changes from Wednesday night to their starting lineup today than we did. “

“Sheff actually passed it around better than we did.
Of course, like most Champ teams, they are built for the Champ, and so they are also bigger, taller, stronger, meaner, and more physical than we are (something we haven’t grasped in recent years, apparently) . “

“The team on the pitch had absolute no belief that they could pull it back, and it’s hard to argue that they had any chance. Sheff Utd are a better team than us in most ways.”

“They were better in every department”

“oxf*rd me, most of us weren’t expecting anything today, I naively predicted a 1-1 but 4-0 and it could be oxf*rd worse. “

“Short passing crap ball at the back when teams are flying high in the division and pressing you is suicidal”

“Let’s hope Gomes can restore a bit of confidence in the team after this thrashing. We’re going to need it next Saturday. Still, we have had 60% possession apparently – reminds me of Stam Days!”

“It’s also worth noting that Sheffield United rested the two players that have scored 17 of their last 20 goals!”

“Has there been a bit of bribery here-Blackburn did the same on Wednesday night- or are these teams now starting to feel sorry for us?”

“To think there are three teams below us in the league and effectively worse than us is simply unbelievable”

“On a positive – I like Bramall Lane as a ground. It’s in a good location, away fans get a decent view and there’s some atmosphere.” ”

Pre-Match View From Reading

“Bring on Sheffield United”

“Im not fearing this game so much now the back line looks solid. I think we can make things very uncomfortable for them.”

“Saturday is a bit of a free-hit”

“for me this game is a bit like a free hit, we are expected to get nothing out of this game and if we played like we did in the first half against Blackburn then we’ll get slaughtered!!
So let’s go there with nothing to lose and see where it takes us, anything out of this game will be a bonus.”

“This has to be seen as a “bonus ball”. No one expects Reading to get anything whatsoever so the pressure is right off and all heaped on the Blades as they will look to continue their great from this season that has seen them become genuine promotion contenders.
United have won 7 of their last 12 in the league and are unbeaten at home in the league since losing to WBA in mid December. They have scored in all but one of those games. They have shown grit, fight and determination but also can be subject to a little bit of panic from time to time like in the 3-3 draw with Villa a week or two ago. this will definitely need a performance akin to the Forest and 2nd half v Blackburn to get anything out of it. Last thing we all need is another Blackburn first half performance otherwise it’ll all be over after half an hour. “

“Goes to show that fancy, fast-flowing football isn’t necessary the recipe for wins. The team showed enough grit and bottle to see out the Blackburn game, even after a setback. Pressure massively off for Sheff United. Same next weekend please!”

“Not the greatest performance but it brought out the true fight and spirit in this set of players. Simply wanted it more than Blackburn tonight, dug deep and got a crucial 3 points.”

“With the Blackburn win we can go to Sheffield United with the pressure off a bit. Nobody expects us to get anything there and if we do it will be a huge bonus. A draw would be a huge result if we can get it. It’s all about Rotherham on the 23rd, that is the big one”

“Couldn’t have been landed with a more annoying game after a good victory.”

“Sheff Utd are a decent side, was very impressed with them against Villa until the blew up. Cant see us getting much from it”

“Don’t expect anything at Sheff Utd”

“I think we will lose, but narrowly. Sheffield United are not a spectacular team playing silky football. They are well organised, work hard and keep going. They will have done their homework on us and will put loads of pressure on the keeper passing it out and close all the space. The only chance we have is to keep it scoreless as long as possible so the crowd, turning up expecting a turkey shoot start to mutter and grumble by about the 70 minute mark, and then we get a smash and grab from a piece of quality from our man in the mask!” “Fear we will get beaten up there but the game is a bit of a bonus one. It is all about Rotherham next Saturday.”

“I predicted Sheff Utd to be around 20th this season. Spectacularly wrong – a very good side in 3rd ATM”

“I do remember saying I thinks sheff utd would go down”

“Reading4eva predicted a bottom three of Hull, Sheff U and Villa with Wednesday to win the league :lol:”

“Sheffield Utd away will always remind me of 2 things:
Nicky Forster’s bullet from outside the box on Sky & Kevin Doyle scoring after about 12 seconds in the Prem.”

“Guess who the forth official is for this one? none other than mister Geoff Eltringham himself.”

“yeah just saw that. WTAF? Surely that’ll get changed”

“I sincerely hope there’s a tactical plan for one of our staff to bump into him and accidentally land their boot in his face. Unbelievable that the FA/efl have made this decision, he should be nowhere near the championship, let alone our games.”

View From Boro

“Maybe just edged the first half but didn’t make chances count then cracked under pressure.”

“Absolutely outplayed in every department!! Pulis needs to go!! Even if it’s another year in the championship? Football is basic, boring.”

“Worst thing about tonight is sheff united were under par and not up to usual standards in particular large part of 1st half yet we barely laid a glove on them. Really poor. Hanging on for 6th going to be really tough”

“Both teams poor, but they were there for the taking. “

“5-4-1 in a game where 3 points would have been huge. Sheffield United were below par and were there for the taking”

“GET HIM OUT. All the way to Sheffield for another half arsed performance.”

“Don’t dress it up a 13 man Pullis team would of got beat with his tactics and no sticker on the pitch….. Yes I mean NO STRIKER. lumping around does not qualify for this role. Boro lad or not. In fact I bet at least a dozen Boro lads in the crowd tonight are better than Hughill”

“Totally fucking schooled in that Second Half tonight. We play like a Pulis side but we don’t often show the character & savvy of a Pulis team.”

“There was a clear weakness exposed late in the First Half with Friend getting up with Downing. Sheff Utd did well to get that sorted with their Half Time change.”

“We’re *** to watch and Sheff United look quality. There off the ball runs are great as well. Better players or better manager and system?….. ”

“Not better players. Just a far superior manager.”

“They made an attacking sub and by some sort of miracle do more going forward, scoring within 15 minutes. Who would have thought!!?
Theres a lesson to be learnt there Tony, but you will never understand.”

“So pathetic to lay down and die like that against a rival.
Wilder would have us challenging for top 2.”

“No he wouldnt problem is this team under Karanka and Pulis is so driven into them (the defensive mindset) this team dont know to play any other way.”

“Gibson will have noticed the good football they play and hopefully consider their manager for our next appointment.”

“We had lost it before going down to 10 men. Let’s not try and soften the blow. Again we remain reactive and wait to go behind before making changes. Even the commentator on Sky said when we have a chance to build and play it forward, we do the opposite and pass it backwards.”

“We don’t go to win, just to suffocate opponents, awful second half, Ayala was a walking red or pen. No attacking intent, pace, wingers and the lump up front can’t stay upright and when he does gives a foul”

“Why don’t we go out an attack like Sheff Utd?”

“We the most boring team to watch in the league”

“We are a horrible, horrible side to watch, it would be a travesty if this team went up playing this negative boring football and with this dinosaur in charge.”

“Lovely stuff. Particularly enjoyed them 4 consecutive throw ins down the right.”

“Lost to a team that had Cranie and Stearman as their centre half’s”

“They had Martin Cranie and Richard Stearman at the back tonight, absolutely laughably bad stuff.”

“We weren’t great but Hugill was pulled up for virtually every aerial challenge but their scorer was all over Fry,stopping him being able to jump to head the ball!”

Sheff United players spent more time on the floor tonight than my carpet”

“That’s a red for fleck for me. two footed lunge right through mikel”

“Officials let the home fans intimidate them big style”

“Surprised the officials decided to leave their Shef Utd gear at home. Their fans were giving them grief but everything went their way. Don’t think the referee could’ve given them more, might have gone to his house and found his Shef Utd bed set. ”

Pre-Match View From Middlesbrough

“Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2? Im thinking it is. 7 points off Leeds with a game in hand but fail to beat Sheff Utd…..”

“I’d be more worried that we might not make a play off spot, we won’t trouble the top two again this season.”

“Try again in April with the “must win” rubbish. After Wednesday we have 45 points to play for. I doubt that we will be 46 points off second place, so the answer is ……..

“A win would be great on Wednesday, but remember a draw takes points off SU. It will be a very tough game.”

“As much as a draw was still a decent result, I think it’s hamstrung us if we’re hoping to catch Leeds or Norwich.”

“WBA, Sheff U and Bristol City are more likely than us to get that second spot.”

“Well I thought we would beat Leeds and should have and I am going for a BORO win. Why over the last three games have I thought positively about BORO? Well I really can’t get my head around it other than we have what we have and we need to get behind them and support the team. Perhaps it’s simply wishful and desperation. Regardless of formation, Pulis, the players put in a performance which I hope holds good for remaining of the season.”

“Don’t know why but I think we will win this one. For some odd reason and I can’t quite say why. Think the squad might have got some belief back from 4 points against WBA and Leeds and looking at the table we can ill afford to drop points. Leeds and WBa have semi tough home games and while I expect WBA to beat Forest I reckon Swansea cuold trouble Leeds. Norwich will beat PNE though and there is a good chance that Derby and Bristol will win too. A loss against Sheffield could see us drop out of the Play Offs and we really don’t want that. Boro to win”

“they played 3-5-2 last game, with an inverted central pyramid.
So 3-5-2 would match up. exactly. It then becomes about winning individual battles.
Ayala/Flint/Fry vs Madine & Sharp. I would think we will do OK there.
Mikel vs Dowell their number 10 – we know which way that should go.
Howson & Saville vs Norwood & Fleck – would be a good battle
Shotton vs Enda Stevens who has had a great season. This will be a key battle
Friend vs Baldock again a tough battle to call
Britt & Hugill vs Basham, Egan & O’Connell. I think we would be looking to get Britt in behind Basham who isn’t quick.
Man for man we are a better team, if we are setup right we should be able to stiffle their attacks, because they play a pretty basic get it forward early and try to bully you type of game, that should be tailor made for us. “

“Basham is out. He will be a big miss for them, his overlapping runs cause all sorts of problems.”

“The only thing that makes there formation interesting is there wider centrebacks overlap there wingbacks. That’s why I would be tempted to go with VLP as we may be able to catch them on the break with a bit of pace.”

“Living in Sheffield a lot of Blades fans I speak don’t rate Stevens. I think he’s improved this season but if Shotton gets into him a couple of times early doors could win the psychological battle there.
United’s play tends to focus on getting the ball forward early (from CB, often big diagonals) but once in the opposition defensive third they play some very nice football and I think they’ll be able to move us around quite easily.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see similar to Saturday (central striker with two midfielders pushed up) to try and close the CBs, stop the balls coming over in the first place.
Sheffield United do a lot of good work centrally round the edge of the box – don’t be surprised to see Mikel and Clayton deployed.”

“I can’t see how we can compete for top 2 anyways, as our home form is simply disgraceful for a side in the top 6.
Our away form is sublime mind so I wouldn’t put us past us putting in a performance on Wednesday.
Looking at Villa’s goals on Friday, Sheff Utd are weak as pi$$ from crosses into the box. Their keeper and defenders didn’t know how to deal with them so I’m hoping we exploit that weakness of theirs….especially given how tall, strong and powerful we can line up.”

“I think he will go for the same lineup injuries permitting and I fancy us to at least take a point in this game. Throwing away a 3-0 lead is a lot more deflating than a 1-0 lead. Even if it is against dirty Leeds…”

“that’s gonna hurt Sheffield for Wednesday. The players were pointing and arguing with each other at the end”

“It will hurt Sheffield for Wednesday as they weren’t United.”

“They play wingbacks like us. They just play 20 yards higher up the pitch.”

“Blades ship goals an like every team in this league can be nudged off the pace.“

View From Villa

” I gotta say they were by far the best team and one of the best to come here , players all playing for each other and moving the ball around well and quickly ,unbelievable ending ,an error on each which looked so unlucky from their back four all night,crazy game but that’s why we love it”

“Apart from Leeds, Utd are the best team I have seen at Villa Park this season. Completely played us off the park with the high energy and will to compete and win every second ball. We got extremely lucky and I doubt any Villa fan would have expected a point from the game at 3-0 down. Play like that for the remainder of the season and the Blades will be in the Premier League. As for Villa, I think we have a few more long hard seasons of championship football to look forward to.”

“Honest to god, Sheffield United are the best team I have seen this season. We did not deserve a point but they fell asleep in the last 15. We woke up and snatched the point. wouldn’t want to face them in the playoffs. “

“Ultimately today, we’ve got another draw – and as magical as the moment was, it’s probably a draw that in the cold light of day puts an end to our hopes of reaching the playoffs. We should have had a penalty and they should have had a goal disallowed twice, but we haven’t been unlucky, quite the opposite – we’ve robbed Sheffield of a win and their fans of their own table topping moment. If I had an ounce of decency, I’d apologise to Sheffield United.”

“Hats off to Sheff Utd and Chris Wilder. Great, almost unique system. Good to watch, fit and passionate. All the things we’re not unfortunately. Bbrilliant, creative manager and a great team to watch ”

“Ref crap but ultimately, good teams take the initiative from the off. That’s why #SUFC won’t be far away (no right to be there with £ spend), and #AVFC will blag it (huge £ should be top 2) if they go up. “

“Sheff feel like they lost.
Villa feel like they won.
That’s footy. “

“Wow, football, marvellous, isn’t it. totally out hustled all over the park for 70 mins and then Sheff Utd got all jittery and gifted us a couple of goals.”

“How the hell have we got a point from that! Thought we were absolutely dreadful. Gonna be hard for Sheff Utd to pick themselves up”

“Absolutely disgusting performance for 82minutes. Of course fans left with that absolute pathetic attempt of football on the pitch. That one-off miracle only papered over the cracks. Anyone who is happy with that needs their head checking.”

“Despite the possession stats being in our favour….I thought they dominated the ball better than us, closed down better than us, passed the ball better than us, showed more urgency and tenacity better than us and showed better anticipation. its a great comeback, but to ignore the previous 70 minutes is folly….we will go nowhere playing like that.”

There were periods in the game it was embarrassing.

“Bizarre finish. Probably the most undeserved point I’ve seen but a great comeback!”

“DS said we were the better the team hahahhaha “

“Villa’s worst performance of the season bar none
There for the taking, also that blades second goal had so many reasons to be disallowed, the referee was terrible for Villa. “

“Sheffield can’t really complain at a draw as Villa felt the referee gave them every decision.
Other than the 3 goals (one of which was illegal) what else did the Villa keeper have to do? I can’t think of one other save he had to make”

“The commentators were cumming themselves all game about Sheffield United but really, they’re not that good.”

“Could so easily have lost comfortably against a side who just do the basics right for me….not much more else. “

“What’s even better is Sheffield United fans got cocky singing “We are top of the league” then bottled it”

“the Sheff Utd fans were a credit to the club and team tonight. The best to come to Villa Park this season”

Have to love seeing all the Sheffield Wednesday fans gloating on Twitter, no offence but where are they in the league compared to Sheffield United, as a Villa fan Sheffield is red and white “

“Better football. Better fans. Best in Sheffield.”