View From Wigan

“Was outplayed by the best team I’ve seen at the Dw this season”

“May take some stick for this but I don’t think there was much in the two teams today (and stats agree). A few key moments and a severe lack of confidence killed us. Sheff Utd reminded me of our Roberts and Ellington days, 442 with two awesome forwards”

“glad I walked out absolutely shocking we have heavy artillery but it’s on the bench and our only defensive midfielder was taken off and from then on they ripped us apart no disrespect to sheff Utd they were a great team” “Apart from the tactics, work ethic, game plan, movement, quality and chances there was nothing between the teams.”

“Difficult to know where to start analysing that debacle. For starters I’ve experienced more atmosphere at a funeral. I guess we’ve all seen the film before and knew what was coming.”

“We can say all we want about the opposition but look at what a mess Sheffield were in 3 years ago when they were mid table in L1. They hired a lower league manager and their current squad is made up of a lot of players we could’ve potentially / realistically had on a free or for cheap over the past few years so they aren’t like a Villa or West Brom with Prem players and parachute money we can’t compete with. Sheffield just have a good positive system that plays to their strengths and they’ve recruited smartly in exactly what they needed in every position to make it all work. They aren’t a crazy expensive team filled with big name super stars we could never have hoped to get here, they are just a great example of what a club like ours can aspire to if we can get it right – especially on tge recruitment front. Easier said than done but it is proof that you don’t have to spend a kings ransom finding good players who can compete at this level if you have a good eye for talent.”

“Sheffield were hungrier, better fitness levels. solid shape, higher up the pitch and fully deserved their win. We did not create a single chance from open play. Aside from a spill from their keeper.”

“Watching Sheffield play today gives us an idea where we need to be.
I don’t think they were at their best but they were a million miles ahead of us and our bumbled efforts.”

“a team very low on confidence played a team very high on confidence the result says it all if Evans would have stuck that chance away could have been a different performance not saying we would have won like” “We should’ve had Fleck on a free when we went up under Caldwell as Sheff U were only L1 and we were Championship – he was clearly a good player worth taking on a Bosman from seeing him in L1. He was one of the lads i hoped we’d go for along with Dack. “

“The fact that Sheff Utd signed Fleck for a free transfer and Norwood for cheaper than Evans says it all about how far behind our recruitment is. “ .”A player that was promoted with Brighton, then Fulham and now pushing again with Sheffield united is surely worth more then 1 million. “

“Sheffield will pay 1.98 million for Norwood, basically 2million which is a steal for a player of his experience and quality”

“Lots of poor performances, Evans was woeful, even though he created our best two chances. Took one corner in the entire game at the 85th minute, also the chance in the first half after he won a tackle high up the pitch then reacted before 3 Sheffield defenders and put it wide from close range. With Egan most likely blocking it if it was on target, still a very poor miss. Not too mention his close range passing was very poor. Worst game for us in all of his time here. “

“If the great Lee Evans who everyone wants in the side wasn’t inept then we would have been 1 up.”

“Walton was abysmal again as was Evans and Roberts.”

“We have a lack of confidence. Its clear. Evans missing and Walton being shite are not Cooks fault.”

“They scored 1 in the first half they scored 2 in the second, it’s how football goes sometimes! Or according to some! The set up today was poor and we created fuck all bar one really bad miss from a player who was so far up the field he had a nose bleed!”

Pre-Match View From Wigan

“Sheffield United next so that will be 1 win in 14 great going the team and cook. Laugh a minute this”

“This is a must win game for Paul Cook and his coaching staff and I’d like to see us take the game to Sheffield and give them something to worry about instead of the cautious approach we’ve had of late. A loss could well see action from the owners to change the coaching set up. Ultimately its all about results and we are not winning enough to stay in this division at presents.”

“4th place up next. I’d take a point, supported by a decent performance right now. I’d also take a win, not justified by a shite performance…….. as it wouldn’t be detrimental in the long run. I’m just amazed that folk didn’t expect this season to realistically be a bit of a struggle. ”

“We did but we were all expecting our sides whoever is selected to go out and play an attacking positive game as promised by Paul Cook at the begining of the season.”

“Of course it was at times going to be a struggle thing is the majority of struggles have been self inflicted due to the negative tactics employed by the manager since the gubbing at Preston.
The change yesterday first half was a welcome last roll of the dice IMO.
Once the advantage had been gained the bottle seemed to go and was then compounded by questionable subs
Only upside is we didnt lose. If we had carried on being positive and claimed 3 points confidence and mood would have changed as it is any side who have a go at us are likely to prosper.”

“I think what is surprising is that after playing so well following our tactical switch against Derby, we haven’t carried on in the same way (with 11 players obviously). I would go the same way on Tuesday as we need to have the extra man in midfield against Sheffield to limit the supply to their lively front two”

“the Swansea manager apologised to Fans for getting his tactics wrong in the first half which played into our hands. The second half was Swanseas after he rectified his error, SU wont make the same mistake, for this one, our players will have to work their backsides off for us to get a point, there again lady luck could be on our side for this one.”

“maybe a 5-5-0 for this one. Hopefully we just sit on the nil-nil from the off, play plenty sideways and backwards passes and the big boot to no bugger up top. No doubt that would be the right way to play rather than just go at them from the off.”

“From what I’ve seen Sheffield play variation of a 3-4-3 with the wing backs attacking like wingers and the left and right centre half acting like full backs. They play a system bit like what we did in that 4 month epic spell under Roberto when we went from garbage to world beaters almost over night but instead of having the left and right of the front wide they play more of a triangle with a main pairing and one behind. So i think the 4-1-4-1 we used in the first half against Swansea would be a sensible way to go as they are very fluid in their shape so we will need to control the midfield if we want to have any hope of getting a result.”

“If the deal hasn’t gone through for Lee Evans can we pull out of the deal, save our money and get someone better.”

“I thought it was a deal worth more than a million. That said they seem delighted they’re getting that amount. Can’t say I’ve been overly impressed this season myself, no better than max power in all honesty.”

“He’s too slow”  

“It doesn’t help Evans being paired with Sam Morsy in midfield as I’ve seen oil tankers turn faster than them both.”

“Sharp to break the all time English goals record.”

“Billy Sharp will break his record on New Years Day”

“Do the Sheff Utd fans not sing Billy Sharp to the tune of Baby Shark?”

“Chris Basham being sent off for Sheff united will help us”

View From Blackburn

” On the plus side, we don’t have to play Sheffield Utd again in the league this season.. “

“Sheff utd were one of my picks to go up this season – and nothing I saw today changed my mind. And honestly, I hope they do go up. Just because if we’re gonna get dicked 3-0, at least it was to a team that got promoted…”

” At the end of the day, we’ve just played the top two in the Championship and the best team to visit Ewood this season. It was always gonna be tough. “

“They are top of the league for a reason”

” If Ben Brereton is worth £7 Million then what is Billy Sharp worth? A quality striker and the difference today. “

” Sure as the sun sets. Sharp scores”

” The one quality striker on the pitch and he makes the difference. What do we do leave our best striker on the bench, start the dud Brereton and are now playing without a striker.”

“God 3-0, that’s a drubbing from the position we were in. When I checked and saw 0-0 and an extra man, I had a feeling we would win 1-0. Christ this is getting annoying ”

“We cant defend leads in 90th min. We cant even score against 10 men, We have no ideas how to attack 10 men even when we have 11 men. The mentality in the team is so wrong. “

“We have an advantage, do nothing with it, and then everything falls apart. Our results are becoming all too predictable. “

” Today’s game in a nutshell. 11v11 comfortable. 10v11 well in control. 10v10 imploded. Serious Lack of confidence in the squad when we concede”

” I stand by mowbray did the right thing today regarding the line up. I haven’t seen the game so no comment there but players had a chance today and blew it. Whether down to tactics, substitutions, player quality or desire to surrender like that is not acceptable. A loss was virtually inevitable , to lose by that margin something drastic is wrong. “

“No team when 0-0 Against 10 men should lose by 3 goals and counting. Not even amateurs. Shocking. “

” Against 10 men again and we play for a point. Any other side would go for it. Getting boring now. Constant negative tactics.”

  “Constant passing at the back ain’t gonna worry Sheffield”

” 70 minutes of solid hard work undone in under 15 minutes. Terrifying thing about Rovers is the speed with which we collapse. “

“Pathetic, weak group of players & manager. Thick as pig shit the lot of them. “

” We had that game there for us and then we ended up bottling it. “

” Weird game. First half I thought was 1000% better than the stale old shite we’ve been watching since the QPR game. Smallwood was having a great game, Travis and Reed were providing the urgency we usually lack in midfield and Rothwell and Palmer were inventive on either flank. Without unduly threatning Brereton looked a very mobile outlet and at half time I was very happy. Second half the worst thing that could have happened was them going down to ten. We seemed to lose all our urgency and started to knock the ball out aimlessly sideways and backwards as is our wont. Still no major need to panic at that stage though. However I thought the manager got the subs completely wrong. If he was bringing  Brereton off, Graham needed to come on and taking Palmer off was really harsh as he’d had a good game I thought. Armstrong came on and started on the right wing then floated about a bit and barely touched the ball. With Dack dropping deep the changes left us a goal down and no-one up front. “

“Mowbray went with a brave team who took the game to Sheffield United and then made unnecessary changes. You would think we were at man down at some point in that game such was the capitulation. We went from being in control to an absolute hammering and it was the result of the changes. “

“We seemed to have held our own, they were down to 10 men. Smallwood, and woeful substitutions (again), have done for us. “

” Can we be anymore pedestrian in possession. Never a red card, ref was dying to even it up. “

“I’d like to see the sending off again. Smallwood may have gone in slightly studs up but it was a split second thing and the referee who’d been getting the bird off the crowd couldnt seem to wait to pull a red out and even it up. “

“Watched our red two or three times – some matches it wouldn’t even be a yellow (especially when you consider earlier Sheff Utd challenges). However Smallwood is stupid to give the referee the opportunity – which you could tell he had been waiting for by the speed he got his card out (good referees give themselves time to process what they have seen).

“He dived in to a stupid tackle that he didnt really need to make taking both one of their players and Bennett out ”

” Smallwoods ridiculous challenge was clearly meant as revenge on Sharp for his foul on Travis moments earlier. Given how Travis was banished from the team after his stupid sending off last season, I’d hope the same is applied to Smallwood. “

“Totally unbelievable.  Smallwood damn fool. “

” if Smallwood hadn’t got himself sent off today, we would have definitely only lost by 2.”

” Joe Rothwell in the last 2 games: Leeds away – His lazy clearance invited more unnecessary pressure which led to the winner Sheff Utd away – Dived in the box which allowed them to counter and score their second Can’t say I’m a huge fan yet “

” Dean Henderson’s still a monumental bellend”

” Thinking of the two Sheffields, I much prefer the Wednesday one… “

Forest and Everton Fans Views On Kieran Dowell

Forest Fans

“Looked so disinterested and half arsed…kid thought he made it in half a season in the Championship”

” Perhaps ran out of steam was to be expected the championship is a hard slog “

“The kid clearly has something I’m not disputing that but I guess his attitude isn’t all what it’s made out to be comes across that he’s sulking cause his name isn’t first on the team sheet any more if that’s the case he won’t go far”

” Not really good enough for a PL or upper CH club really. He has talent, but not the physicality or pace to be able to use it really. No use being able to pass the ball like a machine or do 54 kickups in a minute if you’re going to get muscled out by a danny shittu type centre back. “

” He goes against everything we’ve changed for the better, he didnt press from the front, weak mentally & physically & disappeared consistently in the latter stages of his time here. He’s not a Karanka player. “

“Poor mans Carvalho, without the proactivity & work rate. Think we’ve moved on a level from Dowell”

” Not convinced. Carvalho might look busy but Dowell, despite looking clunky, was good where it mattered most.I’d take him back”

“Did nothing after Warburton went – maybe he just can’t click under Karanka? It’s unfortunate but it happens sometimes ”

“We have struggled all season to get out when pinned in, the best ways to get out are a wide player carry the ball 50 yards or you win cheap freekicks that allow you to get out. Like him or loath him, he would be useful for the final 5 months of the season. “

” His languid play will suit a team who play around him, much like Wigan for example, who will carry a player like Nick Powell. Carry is perhaps the wrong term. But they will play around him and let him coast with the knowledge he can produce moments.”

“He looks like a quality player from 20 years ago, not sure you can get away with his current lack off aggression and phsyicality in the top leagues now”

” Enitrely disagree. Best player on the park in Engerland U21’s recent 5-1 win over Denmark. He was surrounded by dirge when he was here, most of whom were not on his wavelength. Admittedly his form dipped when things got toxic and he was seen as a luxury player but the lads class. “

“last season he was burnt out by the end of January as he played far too much football and for the full 90”

“he was the bees knees not long ago”

“I think Dowell’s first few months at Forest were much more impressive than Carvalho’s, plus he was a year younger. Got turned into a scapegoat in the 2nd half of the season a bit prematurely when he had his first wobble.”

“extremely talented and if he gets back to his best he would be brilliant”

“Good player is Dowell”

“If I had to pick one of the McKay, Tomlin and Dowell triumvirate to have back it would be Dowell as I think the raw talent is there with him”

Everton Fans

“Seen little-to-nothing to suggest he’s good enough for the Premier League and Silva hasn’t used him since he stunk the gaff out in the League Cup.
Championship looked to be his level last year.”

“He hasn’t taken his chances. In fact he froze last time against Southampton. He needs to be moved on.”

” It is annoying, he will probs do well, get loads of goals and assists but too young to do it here yet. Will leave and then either disappear into the league or come back to haunt us. “

“Good move, decent team challenging for promotion who play attacking football. “

“Good move. If he impresses there, he might have the confidence to trouble our first team next year. Alternatively, if he does well and they get promoted, they can loan him for next year too and he gets a year of PL experience.
If neither happens and he’s garbage, probably get rid. “

“Along with Holgate and Calvart-Lewin, not good enough for this level”

“Last year at Forest he was shunted onto the left and the goals dried up and performances dipped. “

“To be fair to the lad, he slotted 10 in 43 for Nottingham Forest.
That’s not too far away from James Maddison’s record for Norwich. “

“i’m a huge fan but I have no qualms if he is moved on. Ultimately, these lads have to force their way into the managers thoughts. Lookman has, Dowell hasn’t. It’s the way things work. “

“I like the lad, I think he’s got plenty of talent it’s just a matter of fitting him in at the right time”

“such a bizarre case dowell, the first 6 months at forest last season he was arguably the championships best player, scoring loads of goals, fans loved him then karanka goes in charge and changes the football to ultra defensive leaving no room for dowell ( luxury player in he ) could have kicked on so much if that blurt karanka never took over he probably would have finished the season on 20 goals last season and got a premiership loan move”

“Odd one because I think he’s got the talent but he just doesn’t seem to want to get involved in games when he does feature. “

“He seems lost mentally. Sometimes when players get discouraged they never recover. Let’s hope that is not the case”

Pre-Match View From Blackburn

“At the time of going to press: the world is shocked that The Queen has got a golden toilet, I’ve put on a(nother) stone of Xmas cheer, and disappointingly for some – Mowbray hasn’t resigned as a result of those late goals. Another tough away trip awaits for this calendar closer, but selfishly – I cannot bloody wait. 
Crazily, we haven’t played at Bramall Lane for over twelve years. 
Only out of League One for a season and a half, the Blades have impressed many with their “Total Yorkshire” tactics and can attack from any area of the pitch. Billy Sharp continues to defy all logic and actually be decent, and their keeper is a coin-throwing nob.
I’d say United are a good bet for the play-offs, and fair dos to them – at least they aren’t bloody Wednesday. 
They have the  oldest professional football stadium in the world and it has the concourses to prove it. 
Bramall Lane was converted from an international cricket ground in the late 19th century but only got a proper fourth side during the 1970s. Centrally located in the city, the stadium is deceptively impressive and quite grand once you get inside, although surprisingly only holds 1300 more than Ewood Park. Sheffield is a fantastic, friendly, football mad city If we get beat, as I expect we will – let’s hope that it is soundly and thoroughly within the first 85 minutes, so that Mowbray can keep his job.
 You never know though… we might be able to shove those Greasy Chip Buttys right down their Yaakshire throats.”

“We won’t let a lead slip here because we won’t get one, this is one i’d expect us to struggle in even if we’d won three on the bounce. We can’t cope with physical sides so i’d be tempted to go and try to get a shut out, ten behind the ball start to finish.,, 0-0.  Mowbray has his teams caught between being a good counter attacking side or a non attack keep ball punt it forwards and hope style but with a formation set to counter. He needs to go one way or the other imo.”

“They’re big powerful side”

“Not a chance on Saturday.
We will concede at least 2 goals.
Our fitness levels are increasingly worrying and it will be no surprise to me if it looks like our 7th game in 7 days!”

“Heavy defeat to round of an awful Xmas period”

“Expecting a loss so will be pleasantly surprised with anything else. Sheffield United were very good at Ewood and we were well beaten. “

” Sheffield United play their system of 3-5-2 where the defenders push very high up the pitch particularly the right and left centre backs of the 3. We couldn’t deal with it at all and pretty sure in the second half we brought on Mulgrew and switched to a similar system to match them up. So I won’t be surprised if we see something similar to the 3-4-3 or whatever it was at Leeds but with Lenihan, Mulgrew and Williams starting as a central 3. Mowbray is mentioning it as a problem in the LT today. “

“For Saturday, I can’t see anything other than another galling defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Something seems to have snapped in this squad, and despite the obvious shortcomings of a basically League 1 playing staff, I think we’ve been found out by the opposition at this level. I’m expecting 3 or 4 goals for the Blades to be honest, with at best a late consolation once they’e put the game to bed. ”

“I fear a thumping. SU will go for the throat. At home to Leeds we had low possession and a poor pass completion rate, I read somewhere it was 57% but that probably includes hoofballs to head, chest and arse. “

“we’ve regressed to the point were we don’t know our best 11 again  and we have no really noticeable method of getting the ball from our box to their box on a regular basis.
I think we’ll struggle but I’ll consider it a success if we manage to play out the last ten minutes or so with the ball more in their half than ours. When you have all your players back in the last third you’ll struggle no matter what level your playing at. It’s as simple as that really.”

“I expect a real tense nervy game. I think we will be tighter than ever at the back. Still expect us to concede”

“We up our game against the better sides”

“We cannot keep playing well and not win one of these matches”

“Their record to date is W12 D5 L7 so they obviously include a few off days in their bag of fancy tricks. And they have only scored two more than we have let in…. “

“I’d love a manager like the guy at Sheffield United. He may come across as a knob but he keeps it simple and is efficient. The manager we have at the moment wants to play Pep football and formations on low championship wages.   Two decent quick wingers and the games become much simpler. I personally don’t feel massive loyalty to the guy and if we come close to the bottom 3 I would hope some boots up arses are handed it. It’s to comfy comfy at this club. Perform well or pack your bags. Both players and staff.”

“Sheff Utd away and WBA at home – even the most rose-tinted of Rovers fans would be bold to see us getting a point or more there. Say it is indeed then 1 win in 10.”

View From Derby

“Fair play to Sheff Utd. Proper club and fans, highlighted if it was ever needed how shit our home support is, got behind their team, shouted for everything and made it hostile, everything we don’t. Pulled their team through”

“Thought they were much better first 20, we played well for 25 minutes for the rest of the half. Didn’t really threaten bar that one Wilson chance. It’s all well and good looking pretty for 20 minutes but we just didn’t capitalise. Didn’t deserve to go in 1-0 down but not sure we deserved to be winning either.
Second half we didn’t have a sniff. Thought McGoldrick went down like a pansy but wouldn’t have argued if it had been given. Carson is always in the thick of it at their place, what the fuck was the back pass decision all about. Bizarre.”

“Bullied and out muscled all over the pitch unfortunately, leading to lack of simple ball control and the inability to find a team mate. Can’t remember their keeper making a save”

“they were visibly rattled after the goal and we did nothing to panic them after. We actually let them gain control and score!”

“we’d just scored out of nowhere and then I don’t think we strung 3/4 passes together after it!”

“Keogh can’t head properly, he can’t kick properly, his awareness and positioning are both terrible, he’s always sliding in/selling himself, I can’t speak for other players but they can’t have much confidence playing next to him, we’ve not progressed an inch in the 300 (how?) Games he’s played. Even his hair is poo. Enough or shall I carry on?”

“Anyone who thinks Keogh had a bad game or is the cause of our defensive problems dimly can’t let go of the past and is holding a grudge.
The only player willing to make things happen with the ball. Bailed out his fellow defenders on several occasions. He is not responsible for both Tomori and Wisdom giving Sharp a free header and Carson casually folding to the ground. 
He’s not responsible for Tomori completely losing McGoldrick and failing to get back and challenge him. He is not responsible for Bogle losing his man and then deflecting the ball away from Carson.
Our wingers did not do enough to combat the threat of Sheffield United’s wing backs. Time and time again Bogle and Wisdom were left in two on one situations as Jozefzoon and Wilson didn’t help them out well enough. I think Waghorn and Bennett (if fit) would’ve been a much better fit for this game.”

“Keogh best player on the pitch today for me.”

“Tomori may as well not have been playing today – couldn’t cope with either Sharpe or McGoldrick.”

“We made Leon Clarke look like Ronaldo “

“We’re not very good to be honest. Defence is a shambles, it’s embarrassing. Lampard is doing a good job though & needs to chill out a bit. He doesn’t look happy at the minute and seems to be taking it out on everybody but his players.”

“If no investment in better players is forthcoming we’ll continue going nowhere.”

“We’ve spent 15 mill. How much more do we need?!”

 “Don’t know why but that performance has left me feeling particularly annoyed. Sheffield United are a good team but from what iv seen recently we have got no chance of promotion. We seem to have gone backwards.”

“A well organised team who played to their strengths and all knew their jobs.
In contrast, we were, not for the first time in the last month, a team of eleven individuals.”

“Expected win today, really did. Don’t think they’ll go up at all. Leeds play great football, top manager……. I really really do not like saying that, trust me. They are stand out to me, Norwich, how can they exist on late goals like that, got to be a stat busting ratio. Still, ‘tis the season etc etc boys and girls. Alcohol awaits…….apologies in advance to you tee totallers. Some clubs have spent far more than us but are looking up at us and would love to be where we are, please consider that. Won’t mention names or clubs but, hey Gary your trainers are crap and erm how much have you spent?”

 “thought we played well in the first half. Two lino decisions twice stopped marriott when he was onside. But billy sharp is a bloody handful. Not sure what the goal celebration was all about. Wonderful free kick. For me that was his best yet. And no it wasn’t a penalty. Mcgoldrick went down under no pressure as soon as he felt tomori touch him.
Second half became a battle. we lost out in a physical scrap, and the subs seemed to make us worse. The last goal was poor and the scoreline flattered them a bit. When moves break down we are very vulnerable to the counter and we got rattled.
but tbh i expected a narrow defeat.”

“They were no great shakes offensively, but very well organised, knew how they were going to attack and their strikers were always in the game.”

“SU didn’t look great we made them look average. Disappointed with that. Bullied off ever ball in midfield and shaky defensively, Frank looks like he’s ages 10 years” 

“Sheffield Utd no chance of goin*up that I know” 

“We will see them in Championship next year”

“The difference between our reaction to conceding and United’s is what won them the game. They immediately started shithousing, conned the ref into booking Keogh and had their fat little ******** of a manager jumping up and down on the touchline complaining about everything. We rolled over and played dead.
Don Goodman is a rick of the highest order. The fact he can sit and watch a slow motion replay of McGoldrick’s pathetic penalty appeal and still insist it should’ve been given is a new low, even by his own myopic standards.”

“Don Goodman your a disgrace after 9 replays I showed my 9 year old with no sound on the so called penalty moment and he said nothing happened. Sky TV have a look at yourself. Come to think of it, Don you could have played for us and done more than our midfield did.”

“Sheff U got a lot of borderline decisions, but they’ll still whinge about how the ref was somehow against them. Love a whinge more than a win!”

“Sheffield United will be happy. They’ve won and will still find a way to whinge about the ref. “

“shizen as we’ve been, we don’t have to have Billy Fluffing Sharpe as our hero. Sheff Utd along with Sunderland have to be the blandest teams in the country.”

Pre-Match View From Derby

App5c Zoran

The traditional boxing Day fixture this season see us make the shirt trip up the M1 to play the blades. Fingers crossed we don’t have the same performance/result as last year up there (still brings back bad memories ) . Sheffield United are on a bit of a bad run and although we’ve not been convincing of late we are now on a 4 match unbeaten run . “

Our only hope of 3 points is if  there boys have been out on the lash,
Jokes, we can win as long as we play like we did against them at pride park.”
 “Be under no illusion the Blades are due to turn it around.
I am told(by the Blades at work)that they thoroughly outplayed Ipswich but are struggling in front of goal.
Please Lord not a repeat of last years Bramall Lane comedy of errors. “

“To be fair, completely outplaying Ipswich is nothing much to shout about. “

“We raised our game when we played them at home. Let’s hope that the away return gets us going similarly.”

“Think we can beat Sheffield, we’re going to struggle more with Norwich.”

“Draw would be ok here but I fancy us to actually capitalise on some good early play so I will go 0-1 with waggy continuing his rehabilitation towards cult hero status”

“I can see us winning but we needn’t to play better than Saturday. I will be happy with anything but a loss. A point is good away and a win is super.”

“Unfortunately I think it may be a loss”

“Both teams will play cagey and not wanting to lose the match”



View From Ipswich

“Good result in the end, well done Town

“Happy with that but it could have been so much better”

“Town played so bloody well today. Im SO proud of them. If we keep this style of play and never say die attitude, we will not go down.”

“A very creditable point today giving hop that we won’t be relegated by a huge margin. Indeed we might just scrape 21st place.
Onwards and upward”

“we defended well today (aside from a slight lapse for their goal) and carried more of a threat ourselves. I’m a touch disappointed we didn’t find the win as it looked achievable but that in itself is quite telling. Ref was utterly, utterly abysmal again today though, something needs to be done about that.”

“Imagine coming to bottom of the league Ipswich and not being able to beat us with 12 men”

“It’s a great point for us, Sheff Utd were a class above us, but we put in so much effort we deserved the draw.”

“from what I saw Sheff UTD were miles ahead of us in terms of quality so to not lose was a good achievement. Poor time to concede again though, absolutely killed what little momentum we gathered before the break, happened far too often this season.”

“Norwood, Duffy and Fleck were miles better In all aspects of that midfield. I’m delighted with a point.”

“Sheffield played some really nice stuff. Good point for us. We were pretty poor with no one particularly standing out. But to put a positive spin on it we played crap but still got a point.”

“Not the best performance, still struggle with ball retention and creating chances but against a good footballing side that could easily have turned us over, can’t complain.
Just a shame we don’t have that quality to kick on when we take the lead.”

“We certainly lacked the control going forward that McGoldrick, Sharp, Duffy, Fleck and Norwood gave the Blades. But hopefully we’ll get a couple of signings that are better on the ball.”

“Blades have been developing a passing game over years… we’ve had weeks”  

“Good result against a side looking for promotion, at least Macgoaldrought/sick note didn’t score”

“We’ve rattled Sheffield United fans after little Ipswich have took a point off them. Brilliant!”

“Bolton briefly replaced them as the scum of the north but I think it’s reverted back to Sheffield United now. I’m down with that. “

“Yes or Scum of the north we hate Sheffield We hate Sheffield” 

“Never forgive. Never forget.
Nah, I quite like them now, mixing it with teams who have far, far bigger budgets.
Wilder does come across as a bit of a classless nob though.”

“Ever since that BBC documentary about them in the early 90s I’ve quite liked them. Greasy chip butty song, loyal fans, proper ground. “

“they are ok, far worse clubs”

Pre-Match View From Ipswich

“Big test against Sheff Utd”

“Sheff U is a tall order, even at home.”

“lucky to get a win against a very average Wigan side last week”

“I would love to get 3 points and win consecutive matches but apparently the Wigan game was not one to write home about. I still think we are short of players in vulnerable positions so I am going for a 0-2 win for Sheff Utd. “

“Teams such as Sheffield United will not be as kind to us as Wigan.”

“Only team in the bottom 6 to of won a game in the last 5, get a result against Sheffield United & the fight is very much alive. Keep the faith Town.”

“Lets make it ugly & awkward against Sheff Utd on Sat. Fans really behind the team”

“I think this may be a very tough game but an early goal for us and you just never know, a win here and I would be very confident that the great escape is not just a pipe dream”

“It’s absolutely essential the team maintains momentum after the three points last time out. Maybe not much by way of attendance but a consecutive victory here will do a power of good not only for morale but to aid the battle to move out and away from any drop zone situation.”

“Just hope people don’t turn again if we can’t get any points vs Sheffield United, they’re promotion contenders after all. Draw would be a great achievement”

“Would love to see 20,000+ at the Sheffield United match but I believe that it’s only going to tally up to around about 15,500 at best”

“I think we just might get a draw”

“Think a draw is the best we can hope for. But only a win will do. We need at least 11 wins at worse from our remaining games. Therefore, we really need to keep winning at home.”

”With Sheffield Wednesday facing a points deduction in Januray, added to Birmingham’s 15pt deduction that is still under appeal, maybe there is a little bit of hope for us”

“Birmingham would still be above us with a 15 point deduction so we may have to go to plan ‘B’.”

“It’s bad when you have to cheer on horrible teams like Leeds, Derby and Sheffield United every week in the hope Norwich drop a few places .“A FIT Didzy might have made the difference to towen staying up this season!”

“I think McGoldrick absolutely took us for a ride I just don’t think his heart was in this club and it proves it watching him now I defiantly won’t be clapping him in two weeks milked a wage out of ITFC”

“Of course it’s frustrating for us that we didn’t see a fully fit Didz more often but do you really think he was deliberately milking it? Why would he suddenly start trying harder for Sheffield United?”

“I am fairly certain that it was stated that he wanted to move back up into the midlands before we turned the Leicester offer down. So that would make you want to leave the club even more when we turned it down. How do you then get to be with your family up there more often?, by being injured will do nicely thanks. sorry if that doesn`t fit with how some people see him, but i agree that he took us for a ride.”

“Don’t remember any accusations of him not getting stuck in or not giving his all when he was here. Indeed, most said he was our best player, which he was I’d say. I doubt Mick would have stuck with him if there was any sign of a lack of commitment.
He had injuries, most of which were fairly evident when he suffered them. He’s been fortunate not to suffer any since he’s been at Sheffield United, which could change, of course.”

“it is possible his fitness issues have been managed better at Sheffield United, other than a spell in late September and October he’s rarely played full games week in, week out”

“A fantastic player on his day, a huge shame that we couldn’t keep him fit. Happy for him though that he seems to be keeping injury free, was a good servant to the club.”

View From West Brom

“Really poor first half but got a decent goal out of nowhere, then played much better in the second half.
Gareth Barry bossed it…he’s 38 in three months”

“Who said football is a game of two halves!”

“Said we’d have to up it in the second half and we certainly did!”

“A game that flip flopped , two evenly matched teams, very little melodrama, and a proper game that we deserved to win.”

“First 40 minutes we were all over the place and not offering much going forward. Could have easily been 2 or 3 down. Then we scored and we took over. Last 5 minutes of the first half we took over .
Second half was as good as I’ve seen albion play in a long time. A near perfect performance, played some lovely stuff, always looked like scoring, strong at the back and I never once thought Sheffield Utd would score. Brilliant performance and because of how good we were I thought we deserved the win”

“Insipid first half performances have to come from somewhere,is there a lack of “Umph” from the manager pre match?
It’s not good enough to put in a half that could see you “buried” as the excellent Keith Andrews remarked at half time.
“individual brilliance” rather than team set up got us the win in his and Michael Brown’s opinion.
Week after week pundits are basically saying that our organisation and application are rubbish in large parts but that our front four are constantly creating miracles to dig us out of the c r a p!
Sorry if I seem picky but we have to be better than this defensively and from more forward players putting in defensive efforts.
This is an incredibly poor division this year,it’s there for the taking with a couple of good signings and players and coaching staff sorting out this p I s s poor first half dross they keep turning out.”

“First 15-20 minutes there was only 1 team in it and it wasn’t us. I feared for a bit of a hammering. After that we got more into the game and started to get a grip without creating anything, like against Villa and then we scored from pretty much our first real chance….again like the Villa game. Sheff Utd started to fade in the last 5 minutes of the first half and I said at half time that if we could be more cohesive in the second half we’d win.
I thought we were great second half, a mirror image of the first! Sheff Utd looked all over the place and just couldn’t cope with our play. Liked the look of their 21 (Duffy I think), a very tidy little player.”

“i do think we are to open to start games last night was a typical example their full backs were bombing on leaving both our full backs exposed most of the first half i’m not sure what they changed at half time but it worked maybe they should have changed in the first half.”

“They pressed us extremely high first half and ran out of steam, you could see it after 35-40 mins. Second half they couldn’t close us down as quick so we had time on the ball, this coupled with us having much better players meant we were pretty comfortable.If Moore’s gameplan was to keep us in it until they pressed themselves to death then I’ll give him credit, dangerous though as they could have been 2 or 3 up by that point.”

“He told them to keep the ball irrespective of where it was on the field, this drew Sheffield United on to us. Barry sat even deeper and controlled the midfield, we then passed through the bewildered home side. Simple but effective change from the first half where we tried to hit Barnes at the earliest opportunity. “