VIEW FROM SCUNTHORPE

Blades 4-0 Scunthorpe 

“No passion, no goal threat, no creativity, no defence, no tactics, no ideas.
No hope?”

“Robins was more interested in Sheff Utd then he was with us. i have a few mates who are sheff Utd fans and they admitted to me they’re nothing special they even said our defence made them look good and that we were the worst team that they have seen play at the lane all season but even if so they’re still a league 1 side same as us they’re not exactly Barcelona so to have 2 shots all game and none on target is inexcusable really.”

“Sacked twice in a season – not good for the CV but its got to happen.”

“Well done tonight lads, you’ve excelled yourselves.
The hardy 745 away fans should all turn up at GP tomorrow and demand a refund.
Robins OUT.”

“He started with the same formation (4-5-1) that didn’t work against them ten days ago.”

“Disasterous night for Scunthorpe. Rhe performance was awful & so was Robins interview. An insult to fans intelligence.”

“cloughie didn’t need to give a post match talk he just replayed robins bigging sheff u up”

“He’s such a dickhead, but that’s the most defensive i’ve probably ever heard Mark Robins”

“The least I would expect after a pathetic 4-0 pasting is an apology. It sounds like Robins was creaming his pants about an average Sheffield United”

“Well ….. That is now likely to be the last time we see Miguel Llera in a Scunthope shirt. “

“Listening to MR it sounds like the players are still having their day off tomorrow! You couldn’t make it up.”

“Why hasnt anyone apologised for that gutless excuse of a performance? Robins comes out and instead of apologising to the 750 fans decides to cream his pants over a very average sheff utd live on air.
Its not acceptable and the fans shouldnt have to put up with it. The honourable thing would have been to say sorry and admit our terrible performance was to blame. We wrrent playing Real Madrid FFS”

“When listening to his post match interview i shook my head in disbelief, he contradicted himself, they supposedly put in a championship performance and were the benchmark for the division, yet we beat Swindon and could and should have gained a point against Bristol City, despite having a CB in Boyce playing in goals for nearly the full game.”

“They had centre halves who released the ball quickly to midfielders who were looking for it and we had centre halves who passed square balls to each other and then Caravan hoofed it to our big centre forward Paddy Madden!!! was this the real reason Mark Robins that we lost the game. I think Mark was watching another game today as we were shocking and they were above average only.”
“Macrus Williams and Eddie Nolan must be fuming today, dropped for that useless lump Clarke on the left?”
Player Of The Year but left in teh cold by brain dead Robins”

“Marcus is a million times better than Townsend and Nolan, given a fair chance is a million times better than Clarke.”

” Llerawas certainly thrown into the deep end. Obviously it ended badly for him but up to their 3rd goal I thought he was doing ok. His distribution looked at least well meant as opposed to Canavan’s aimless lumps.”

” Llera hasn’t even played a reserve game. Throwing him in not match fit was Robins’ way of saying “look how bad he is”. It’s a disgrace.”

” Llera definitely played like someone who’d not had any football in 2 months, looked awful.”

“I think it was unfair to throw him in, as bad as Sheffield were against us the other week. He hasn’t been playing and he hasn’t got much pace at the best of times so to be unfit as well is beggars belief.”

Pre-Match View From Scunthorpe

“Stop calling it a blip, Mr Robins. No win in seven and three points from twenty one is relegation form. With absolutely no
sign of the defence getting their act together we are becoming prime candidates for the drop.”

“Another ‘unlucky’ defeat coming up”

“Since the start of January we have won 4 games out of 16”

“We lack two or three bullies across the park. Henderson ran our defence ragged and pulled them all over the park. It was embarrassing to watch at times.
The Premiership loanees are good at tippy tappy pretty football, but not putting the boot in and the dirty stuff. Are they really up for the fight? They may fit in well in a decent team but I’m afraid it simply isnt working. It’s time for bullies and rolling the sleeves up. Send some of the loanees back and lets have some fighters instead.
This side is devoid of aggression and we are lacking some real experienced characters. If we play like that at Sheff we’ll get dicked by four or five.”

“The trouble with Mark Robins is after having a great run he has been too obsessed with not conceding goals and not thinking that scoring more goals than your opponent wins you games rather than trying for a clean sheet and hoping to get a one nil win which is certainly not working.”

“We shouldn’t get dicked four or five at Sheffield because we had the beating of them last Saturday.”

“We have a more experienced striker than Wootton scoring goals for Partick Thistle.”

“Lyle Taylor has only scored once and is being used as an impact sub.”

“Robins must go. Witless, personality less, gormless, dour ball bag. Send him back to the milltown after tar and feathering. I hate him.”

“Unfortunately I have lost the will to live with it all ( yes, I’m one of those who has returned his Sheffield away ticket and said stuff it ).”

“Robins should be sacked in the summer wether he keeps us up or not.”

“We have had 17 games to get 4 or 5 wins,we have got 2 draws,it is going to be a nervy last few games with Sheffield United after promotion “

“this is a lot more than just a bad run, this is relegation form and if the management team don’t get their fingers out then we’ll be back in the bottom four with only a handful of games left.”

View From Port Vale

Blades 1-0 Port Vale

“It’s a big but….but apart from his sending off Brown was very impressive. Both yellow cards did seem harsh”

“Great night in Sheffield despite the result this afternoon”

“I really would like page to succeed but his loyalty to certain players and lack of basic tactics is proving he won’t “

“Disappointing result but couldn’t ask anymore from the players, the referee cost us a point today which was the least we
deserved “

“on Pint number eight I think at the Devonshire cat another nice dark ale”

“Brilliant day in Sheffield.Except for the football. And the referee. And the performance.”

“Shame Sheff Utd-Vale was shat on by the most biased referee I’ve ever seen.”

“We were robbed”

“Michael Brown was brilliant today. Considering he’s 38 he never stops running!”

“Unlucky Vale. Would have been worth a point if not for the poor play by one or two today. The poor run continues. “

“The home crowd were getting slightly anxious in that 2nd half”

“Frustrating to lose that against a fairly poor Sheffield United side on the day not helped by some farcical refereeing. Laughable penalty decision decided the outcome, sent Brown off yet the first yellow wasn’t even a foul, failed to make a standard decision when the keeper handles the ball about three yards outside his box and despite sending Brown off failed to give their lad a second yellow for a similar foul! As for Veseli getting booked because their lad wouldn’t retreat for us to take a free kick… Summed up the mans performance today.
We dominated long spells of the second half but the final ball let us down as it’s now looking nervously like a relegation battle until the end of the season.
As for the atmosphere today, 18,000 fans yet absolutely no noise whatsoever?! Been five times now and usually a good atmosphere but 39 Crawley fans made more noise on Tuesday!”

“Well what a farce that was,the ref was awful. He gave fouls and cards for nothing. Utd never looked like they would score in open play but ether did Vale,It was a dubious penalty, very harsh. We deserved a draw , don’t know how Utd are are where they are. They have looked dire today and at Vale Park. Clough is a right nob, all he did is badger the officials for most of the game, his dad would be rolling in his grave.”

“Thought it deserved to be 0-0. First 15 mins i feared the worst but all in all an even game, what i will say despite having a lot of the ball for an away side how many saves did Howard actually make, one maybe which looked spectacular but was routine really, Worst Sheffield team i have seen on all my visits, whether it is a confidence thing i don,t know. Funniest moment was when the cheese ball of a stadium announcer gave the disallowed scorers name and bellowed out ‘ What a game ‘, pity linesman had is flag up for about 30 seconds !! What a penis. Nothing more needs be said about the ref apart from fact the red card can,t be rescinded but not one Sheff Utd fan appealed for a foul on Browns first challenge it was simply a great tackle, and Howards slide 6 foot outside the box was more the linesman shitting it at a big club. Season over for us and i,ll be as bold to say see you next season Sheffield as you are way behind Swindon and MK Dons as the table would suggest.”

“Have a feeling Sheff United will win the play offs but would be a travesty. The amount of long ball and times they just hoofed it out of play, were better at VP with ten men than yesterday.
New kit was weird (bit early to reveal it surely)! Looked ok but not very much like a Sheff United kit being white with very thin pinstripes.”

“Got to be a confidence thing, they were a poor outfit considering 5th in the league, some of their passing was awful. Felt all we had to do was nick one and there would of been a deluge of boos and abuse, they were clearly desperate for the win. And what is up with Clough ? what a knob he tried reffing the game himself ,as for us we are where we are, season petered out to nothing. Possibly the worst League one quality wise for years bar the top 4. If Barnsley or Donny make play offs then it says it all.”

“It is dreadful and that’s why the top four are flying away with it. A missed opportunity for a lot of clubs as you only have to be even slightly able to get a play off spot.”

“Everything is wide open from Sheffield United down. You’d think that they’re drop out of the play offs sooner rather than later with their form.”
“Never really in the game, Never looked like scoring, went through the motions feels like playing the season out now & lads are on the beach.
Beer was great though!”

“Poor first half, ok second. Ref didn’t lose us the game but he was a raging homer.
Howard carried the ball out of the area and he chose to ignore it.
Brown’s second booking was for an innocuous foul but he was on his last warning for trying to take a quick free kick.”

“Domimated second half against an awful Sheffield United side (they are fifth somehow!) but when a goal down at the moment we just seem to huff and puff with no end product.
Penalty was a farce, Brown should never have seen red as the first was a great tackle and their lad on a booking got away with a similar foul a few minutes before. As for the keeper carrying the ball out the area…. It wasn’t even a borderline decision to make!”

“The Vale were undone by appalling refereeing. The penalty which never was, the sending off which should never have been and the myopic linesman who failed to see the Blunt goalie carry the ball a yard outside his penalty area. Vale dominated possession without really creating enough clear cut chances. The defence were not really troubled by a very poor United team. Our best players were Vecelli, O’Connor and Brown. The latter booked twice purely on reputation alone.”

“I don’t Vale will have a better chance to win at Bramhall Lane.On that showing we’ll be playing there next season in League 1.”

” typical Vale at a “big club” referee with every 50/50 or 40/60 going for the home team who were the poorest United team I’ve seen in a while. We’ll be back there next season.”

“If I was a Sheffield Utd fan I’d be more concerned about the direction their manager is taking them compared with ours. Big budget team that were awful today. They did create more than Vale but they were the home dude so I’d expect that but their football was as bad as ours!!!
There was 18,700 fans there and the Sheffield Utd fans were quieter than we were on Tuesday. “

“Sheffield uniteds crowd need find some passion .
What is it with modern day footballfans ,wheres the passion topush your team on ,i dont know how many Vale were there but they were terrific in there backing of ourclub .”

“softest penalty ever.
Second half a lot better but didn’t really look like scoring.
Their keeper should have been sent off for carrying the ball 2yards out of his area, Christ knows why Vesali was booked, Browns sending off was a joke, also their player receives quite lengthy treatment, goes off( the long way round) then the ref waves him back on before play had resumed.”

“Clough is one of the few managers Page has outhought this season”

“Can’t believe anyone is questioning the penalty decision, horrible challenge and O’Connor was lucky he didn’t face further action.”

Pre-Match View From Port Vale

“We need a result tomorrow”

“This will be our 4th straight away win if we get a victory”

“4th win on the trot away for the Vale? 3rd defeat on the trot for the Blades? Obvious score draw”

“unfortunately when we play any other team who are going through a bad spell we always seem to end their bad run by gifting them a win. We are nice like that”

“It’s always a good day there.”

“apart from 2-3 certain starters, I don’t think it particularly matters who make the XI as long as they are ‘up for it’ and show more grit and determination than on Tuesday.
One of the worst aspects in the week was how easily we accepted defeat and we never really looked energetic enough to get the goal back.
I don’t know how SU play, but they are one of the better teams in the league and this is one of our hardest away games. Luckily, I don’t think they have a tall team and instead play the ball on the ground a lot more, which may or may not suit our defenders. In defence, I don’t think we have the players to make a huge difference. They lack physicality and power and a ticking off isn’t going to change that.”

“Season is effectively over so I’d like to see some of our younger players given ago, although maybe that should start with a home game rather than a tricky away one.”

“for those saying stick the kids in, we’re still6 points short of being safe yet. The league is so tight this year its likely we’ll need 54 points to be certain of staying up. Lets get there then give them a run out.”

“Is this the worst ever Vale defence in your living memory? Any defence with Kevin Steggles in has to be a contender.”

“With a couple of exceptions, we are just going through the motions”

“The fact that this pathetic defence vastly improved when a 19 years old inexperienced on load defender ,was involved says it all”

View From Walsall

Walsall 1-1 Blades 

“Their only ambition seems to be attempting to win every single game 1-0 in the most boring way possible “

“Good point considering the vast budget difference in squad and what Clough could do in January – didn’t they pay £1m+ upfront for that right back Brayford who played tonight?”

“Decent point, Sheffield United must be the most boring team in the universe.”

“We were ok in the first half, nothing brilliant but fairly good except for the lapse for the goal.
Although we had only one shot on target it doesn’t tell the whole story. There were plenty of good opportunities and forays into their half but as per usual they ended up stalling as soon as we got to the edge of their box.
Second half we really had a go at them and showed what we were capable of.
Grimes goal and his shot on the post were produced from some quick football and attacking impetus that caught United off guard. It’s that kind of play we need to do more of.
Frustrating also because in the 2nd half we were by far the better team and should have finished them off for the win. We created plenty of chances. At least we didn’t lose.
Ref was a complete numpty and the 4th official not much better. Not sure how he thought 3mins injury time in the 1st half was enough to cover Uniteds blatant time wasting. He made up for it by finding a non-existent 4mins injury time for the 2nd half though. Plank.”

“Decent point, although Sheffield United are absolutely odious and as for Nigel Clough…..
I thought first half we generally controlled possession without really threatening and Jordy probably should have done better with his header.
Second half we pretty much bossed the game with United having 11 men behind the ball and hoofing long aimless ‘passes’ into the corners. Benning was very impressive to be fair, although he didn’t really get defensively tested too much tonight- I think if he was to start on Sunday he might struggle a fair bit more…”

“These horrifically bad refereeing performances are becoming the norm now. I’m very fair when it comes to refs, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt all the time.
This numpty tonight allowed SU to waste around 6 of the final 9mins of the first half, then gave a foul against Hiwula for nothing, then booked him for complaining. He halted play to move the ball backwards for freekicks in our own half, but allowed SU take take 10-15 yards at throw ins.
Then in the 2nd half Hiwula got floored in the area, a much stronger challenge than the one he booked Hiwula for in the first half, play on was his decision, then he booked Bakayoko for what was admittedly a foul, just a little late, and was his first offence, no consideration that the las had just come on. Then he bought one of the clearest dives from a shoulder to shoulder challenge I’ve ever seen when they’re lad got to the nice angle for a free kick. A free kick which resulted in Ben Davies nearly scoring.
Where do they get these idiots? I mean that wasn’t just a poor refereeing display, it was atrocious. No consistency, bad decisions, not applying the rules regarding injuries and stoppage time, strange advantage decisions, booking players for the slightest infringement, it had it all.
I’m not one of these who likes to blame referees for results, and thankfully this guy didn’t have an affect on the result, but Im struggling to grasp the modern incompetency of referees.”

“Brian Clough must be spinning in his grave! I couldn’t watch that shite every week.”

“They looked as poor a side as I’ve seen at our place for a good few months, yet we didn’t have enough to beat them – a bit like Saturday, but MK Dons showed a bit more quality going forward.”

“Once again a very good second half during which we tore a very poor Sheffield Utd. side apart. A good goal,the post and bar hit and as Phil says one of the worst displays from a referee I have seen since D’urso against Port Vale! “

“and people moan about our style of football. 😆
They’re welcome to Clough. He’s another grossly overrated manager keeping his side in League One in spite of the huge resources he keeps being given. A bit like Karl Robinson (without the mildly amusing accent) and Darren Ferguson (without the famous dad).”

“I think Nigel Cloughs dad is just a bit famous having won the European cup back to back having a stand named after him at Nottingham forest and also managed leeds United and Derby County”

“Im still seething this Morning after watching one of the most incompetent Refs I have ever had the misfortune to witness.
He allowed the Sheff Utd Players to dictate the pace of the game and the fiasco 5 mins before half time with their Players dropping like flies was a disgrace.
They fell to the floor ‘injured’, with great dramatic skills and then the Ref allows at least 5 mins+ time to treat them ,if they are ‘injured’ get them off the pitch.
But wait what yonder miracle I see not once but twice they rise up and run back on the pitch.However 3 mins added time allowed – total joke.
Second half another dive worthy of Mr Daley, ref acknowledged it was a dive ,but no booking!
I know its not easy being a Ref and I understand we all make mistakes but this was beyond a joke.He should never ref a professional game again.
Clough jnr , you are not fit to have the great Man’s name. To send a team out to be so cynical and unprofessional as Tinned rightly said your dad would be spinning in his grave.
The game itself, we had enough chances to win and should have.”

“It’s taken a Worldy to score against us, and we had to play against a barclays ref and the Sheff Utd backroom staff who may have well have put seats on the pitch. At least one of the headers should have been put away – poor finishing cost us, but overall we played well – especially second half.While Smith isn’t perfect, thank God we don’t have Clough. The resources they have a their disposal at this level and all they can manage to serve up is that dour, rubbish. Just shows what having a famous name can do for you.”

“Sheff Utd were really, really poor. Their only bit of quality was the goal from Baxter which was a great bending effort.”

“Clough’s tactics were abortion, time wasting in the first half?
Sheff U were there for the taking, we are just SO pedestrian when we get into the final third. “