Pre-Match View From Barnsley

” 10 games undefeated, dare we dream?”

“Barnsley are currently 13/5 to WIN on Saturday.
Jabo Ibehre is 8/1 to open the scoring, with Sam Winnall at 15/2 and Conor Hourihane at 9/1
It would appear that at this moment in time, the bookies are favouring the Blades, with United priced at evens, and Mark McNulty 11/2 to open the scoring. Matty Done is priced at 6/1.”

“I fancy a 1-1 draw”

“Blunts cant make their minds up If they are massive or not
Some of them don’t want to come in case they lose.
But then they won a game so all decided to come.
But then they lost so wish they hadn’t bought on”
“The second biggest team in the 4th biggest city in England, sat comfortably in a playoff position, they should have sold out in 5 mins. Very poor”

“AFTER ALL IT IS THEIR CUP FINAL : Wednesday would have sold out signs up weeks ago”

“more or less sold art? ya know what they say. theres a first time for everything?”

“Is Clough kidding us when he suggests its more important to ‘not lose’.”

“the more they bring the more will see what a gulf in class there is now between the teams which met in november. 5500 blunts scurrying off home to get back under their rocks after we.ve hammered em! sat cant come soon enough!”

“Thing is they are obsessed with attendances !! BCSD syndrome”

“I’m not too bothered about who’s Willy is bigger than the other, stood over urinals taking a peek, couldn’t gi a monkeys, I just hope it’s a cracking game with as little trouble as possible, a banging atmosphere…”

“To be fair to the Blunts it’s not a bad effort on Saturday to sell nearly 6k for a team in up and down form and a lunch time kick off .
Nobody is questioning who the blunts main rivals are , however it matters to them more than they let on and it’s the same with Sheffield North .”

“6000 fans in North stand this weekend who absolutely despise your club
and no doubt will give you hammer for 45 minutes, could you stand there and fully concentrate at 17 years old ?,
I think it’ll be a massive risk playing the pig in nets this weekend”

“You’re 17 years old. Have just made your professional debut. You read a message board and some dumb **** fan refers to you as a pig. One of your own fans.
Grow up you idiot. You’re boring the **** out of me.”

“Whats the bigger risk, playing at home against an average team or making your debut away against the runaway league leaders.
He passed his test with flying colours , he’ll be fine.”

“They’ll give him some right hammer on Saturday, nowhere to hide for the kid ether, only the lad and maybe Johnson and Crossley know if he’ll handle it but it’s got to be a worry for the coaching team surely.”

“We talking about same football club. They don’t make any noise. They will sing greasy chip butty in 1st minute and that’s it
I bet I had a harder time in goal when I was stand in goalkeeper once on a Sunday morning and a bloke stood behind net and every time ball came near me he said I was going to drop it”

“It’s United who I always think of as pigs. That may be because I used to work with a Wednesday fan”

“I always call Wednesday the Pigs. Swilsboro/Pigs link.”

“the police statement about the sheff utd match:
“We’re well aware that tensions are running high between the two groups of fans”
They are? Has something happened which I have missed? I thought it was just a football match against a local rival. What tensions are running high?”

“Another well thought out explanation by our friends at SYP”

“Act first, justify it later.”

“What a joke
Where playing Sheffield United not Galatasary”

“Might just mean tension over the points, if there is a loser then it’s going to cause a bit of emotion which could boil over. We lose and we’re in a bigger battle with the teams around us, they lose and their form (if it continues) puts them out of the play-offs in a few weeks.If the away fixture is owt to go by, the police’s attitude was as if it was an Old Firm game. Way over the top.”

“- Our biggest game against them for years.
– Both fighting for a play off spot at the back end of the season.
– Our supporters reputation this year.
– Them having one of the nastiest mobs about when they turn out.
– Biggest crowd at Oakwell in over 4 years.
– Early kick off
– Penny Black in the 90’s and 200 of them knocking on KGV pub door at 9am before a fixture 10 years ago.
Aye, l’ll say they’ve got it spot on.”

“There is also the hatred from Chris Morgan and Ched Evans stuff.”

“Ridiculous. What tensions? Just to go the match then go home. It’s a football team ffs, not ISIS”

“Chris Morgan happened. Most fans wil just go and enjoy the game but the minority who want to cause trouble have a ready made excuse, not that they need one.”

“17,500 is the latest box office prediction for the Sheff U attendance.”

“We’ll be Only the third team in this division to have an attendance over 16,000 this season. One of the other clubs is Coventry for their one off home coming before they went back to the norm.”

“Going to be very difficult on Saturday lunch time , we are playing an established league 1 club who have held their own for 5 seasons now at this level .
They have never looked in danger at any point during their league 1 tenure and with our selfs not carrying anything like their league 1 experience it’s going to be tough for our young lads .
It is of course our first season for many many years in league 1 and at times we have struggled to adapt to our new found surroundings but we do lack the experience the Blunts have and this may prove decisive on Saturday .
We can only dream of emulating their superb league 1 record but if we are to be as massive as they are then that is the model we should follow .
Looking forward to a great game if not overly confident , aye thank you .”
“Draw no good for us but decent result for Sheff Utd
We need to go at them from the first whistle
We are know united fans will be on Clough back soon as we go in front”

“I’d say, given the potential loss of confidence an unbeaten-run ending defeat to our local rivals may bring, that we need to win to have a decent chance of 6th as well.”

“Owt could happen, massive game for us both.”

“Seen United fans tweeting asking if they can take their tickets back, are football fans in general that fickle?”

“That feeling you get before a big local derby…What is it? Anxiety, passion, fear or a mixture of all 3?
I always get this feeling when we are playing Leeds and we’ve done ok against them recently I just can’t help but think we are setting ourselves up for a mighty fall… Suppose I’ll know at 2.15 on Saturday!!!”

“I just see it as a huge game in terms of league position and playoff push..”

“All I feel is a serene sense of calm, because we’re going to smash The Pigs.
Their players won’t turn up, and we’re dying to beat them because a) we hate them and b) we want to go up.
Nine unbeaten, at home, in front of a partisan crowd and a stand full of rape apologists who turn quicker than milk.
It’ll be a reight day.”

“Dread given I lived in Shitfailed for years and have loads of United supporting mates. Based on the inverse law of Proprotion we are playing ok them not so good they are bound to **** us.”

“I work with Pigs.
They all know I absolutely fcuking hate them. I try to be nice and friendly when we’re discussing football, but sometimes the mask slips and my true feelings become clear.
I’m up for this one in a way I haven’t been for a game since *that* day at Huddersfield.
They can’t beat us. They won’t beat us.”

“Can’t wait, should be 16-17,000 there and a cracking atmosphere. If United win then that’s 5th spot pretty much sewn up, our unbeaten run ended in the worst possible manner, and our play-off push in jeopardy. Which is why we’ve got to win. A fourth draw in a row wouldn’t be disastrous but we have to keep winning our home games. We’ve just taken a point each from the two best teams in the division, United’s confidence will have been knocked after a last minute home defeat to Crewe, but literally anything could happen on the day. All I want is 3 points. Don’t care how we get them, just get them.”

“Derby games between us and either of the two dee dar brothers are different from any of our other existing derbys… They almost always end up being dirty games so we need to be prepared for a fight.”

“I think our squad is better then theirs, and I think we have a better manager, I just hope we both turn up with our A games, then it should be a good game, and we’ll win.”

“Thing is, come 10 past 2 on Saturday, United fans will be saying the midfielders milk as just mentioned never turned up, when the chances are it’ll be the fact Pearson & Scowen did turn up, and did a job on them. If we get a result on Saturday it’ll be down to them two, same as if this season amounts to anything it’ll be down to having the best two midfielders of their type in the division.”

“when all’s said and done, we’re similar size clubs. They might do us on gates, but Arsenal get more in than Liverpool, wouldn’t suggest they’re any bigger though. We’re a small town club and considering that, our attendances are impressive. I’m sure that were we to have an extra 200,000 people living in the town/city/borough we’d get 20,000 too.”

 

LOAN UPDATE: Port Vale Fans Views On Neill Collins

“Send Collins back”

“Collins not convincing at all. “

“What were we expecting from Collins when he hasn’t played since October though? “

“Defence poor and I’m hoping there’s a lot more to some from Collins as he just seemed like another Robertson. “

“Collins was either very rusty or extremely lucky to have the career he has had. He still seemed injured to me, not running with any confidence and reminding me of Lines, running to edge of their half and trying a long ball. He should not have started anyway after being out since October and ideally brought in from the bench.  “

“Interesting that collins was one of adams signings for sheff utd in his ill fated stint there as manager, and was one of the reasons he was criticised for his signings. I wonder if he was signed on a recommendation? “

“Question marks over Collins “

“Fairly good debut. Very good in the air but put through his own net in second half, struggled to deal with Dagnall’s runs in behind”

LOAN UPDATE: Lincoln City Fans View On Kieron Wallace

“the only player to look assured on the ball (Wallace) isn’t ours. And unbelievably we took him off to be replaced by another no-mark who has yet to show any reason for us to sign him! “

“I work with a Sheffield United fan and Wallace is quite highly rated there”

“Kieran Wallace failed to get a grip of the midfield “

“I’m guessing Sheff U will be paying his wages, i doubt it’ll cost us anything. Hopefully all works out for both parties and we can establish a decent relationship as we’ve done with Birmingham.”

“He didn’t look any better than what we already have or any better than Todd Jordan who we have let go. we need better than him”

“Kieran Wallace is more along the lines of what we should be looking at and links with clubs such as Sheffield United who have a number of strong youth prospects can only be a good thing “

 

LOAN UPDATE: Motherwell Fans Views On George Long (Taken From The Month Of March)

” “Long had a bad night, but is miles ahead of what we have had since Randy left  “

“I totally disagree with this opinion. And I’m not just saying that because of last night. He looks the part but that’s it. What has he done since he came in to suggest he’s better than twardzik? The other week the caley thistle boys header went through him. He hardly covered himself in glory for countys goals either. I only recall one exceptional piece of goalkeeping from him – one on one vs caley (you could add his save from the initial header last night but his next action made up for it).
I agree he has potential but right now he’s not the answer.  “

“Its wrong to focus blame on George Long last night. In general he was continually left far too exposed by his 2 full backs and central defence “

“The facts are that Long has made as many bad mistakes now as Twardzik in a third of the games.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep chopping and changing the goalkeeper but Long situation is like that of the team, he’s getting close to the last chance saloon. He/we cannot afford any more mistake “

“ Very few had concerns about Long’s ability prior to last night. The first was unfortunate – watched in real time the ball is slowly rolling towards the goal hence his hasty reaction.  “

“ i think long is a good keeper. “

“Before last night Long had done absolutely nothing to suggest he is any better than Dan. After last night he should be dropped. 1st goal – OK it was a free header which was criminal, but a cross inside the 6 yard box is keeper territory and dealing with crosses was everyone’s main criticism of Dan. Great save from the header to be fair, then the less said the better.
2nd goal, what the actual fuck was going through his head? 2 centre half’s there to deal with what was nothing more than a hopeful punt. Laing is clearly watching the ball with one intention – nodding it back to the keeper. If long is coming for that (which he should never ever ever ever ever have been) then scream bloody murder to let laing know.
Long has potential but he cost us last night and we can’t afford that level of complacency in the position were in. Bring back Dan.  “

“I think Long should be dropped next week but it won’t happen. “

“I think Long is a decent keeper, but his spectacular save to howler ratio is every bit as bad as Dan’s which is worrying. “

“ Long isn’t filling me with confidence “

“I would still stick with Long “

“ Long has been ok “

“Despite the England youth caps he is behind the ex St Mirren goalie Howard in the pecking order at Bramall Lane so we shouldn’t be expecting miracles. “

VIEW FROM CREWE

Blades 1-2 Crewe

” Sheffield United underestimated us and Clough has no idea against us. NEXT! “

“Hang on we played 3 up front and we’re actually winning?
Who’s the fraud in charge and what has he done with Davis?”

“Never thought Id see us win at bramall lane in my lifetime. Fantastic effort by everyone involved.”

“Unbelievable Jeff!”

“Just got in from taking my son to a birthday party and can’t believe my eyes. WTF!!!!!!”

“Not a coincidence that when we set up attackingly like we did today that we pick up a decent result. We’ve got the players but SD needed to find the way of getting the best out of them and he has today thankfully. Credit where credits due.”

“Amazing what a bit of positivity does for you.”

“What a win that was. Started a bit shakily, got back into the game and went ahead with a good bit of play by Ikpeazu to lay in LDV to score.
Ajose then blew 2 great chances to score, first one he tried a lay across to LDV when it was never on and the 2nd he side footed it straight at the keeper. After that, we were under the cosh for most of the first half, but despite a couple of shaky moments, never looked badly troubled. Rachubka was not properly tested.
2nd half, we again were on the back foot for a decent portion of the half, but again didn’t look like conceding until we did. Poor long ball read by Turton, then he lets Murphy back him into the penalty area and play a pass. Nice touch and goal by Holt mind, but still sloppy defending.
After that, neither side looked much like scoring, few half chances here and there. Looked like the game was going to peter out to a 1-1 draw, but then we actually showed some attacking intent late in the game. Grant makes a strong run into their half and wins a free kick. Coco hits the free kick off a Sheff U player for a corner. He then receives the short corner, cuts inside and unleashes a thunderbolt of a shot. Bit of dip and swerve, but yeah, awful keeping by Howard.
After that we saw the game out pretty well. A draw would have been a fair result, but we snatched the win and I suppose the fans deserved this after weeks of utterly appalling football. Huge 3 points which takes us to within a couple of wins of safety.”

“as for Sheff U, they looked just like they did back when we played them 3 times back in October/November. Decent enough ball players and tidy build up, but they lack end product and bar the goal, our keeper didn’t have a serious save to make. You can see why they are where they are. Murphy was excellent as per, we always struggle against him. I was mystified when Baxter was taken off for Doyle. Ok, the former wasn’t having a good game, but taking off an attacking midfielder for a defensive one? Strange.
They’ll make the play offs, but not sure if they’ll go up out of them. But the play offs are a lottery, so you never know.”

“3 strikers? – at Brammall Lane?
Well done Gaffer!”

“When I saw the line-up thought total lunacy. So credit where credit’s due”

“Was going to complain that we only had 1 shot and a goal till they equalised on 50+ mins,adding only another 4 shots and a goal.
Is it a case of quality over quantity,luck or something else thats missing.
Sorry to sound negative after a fantastic win,but…….”

“Great effort today – just goes to show how quickly things can change following BC, Preston, Rochdale & Oldham results and performances.
Bold team selection which paid off”

“A massive win today and a lot of credit has to go to Steve for this win, no luck in this game even sky admitted we were worth the win, well deserved by everyone involved including those supporters who made the trip over. The best part is this win will keep the trolls quiet, where is Paul by the way. Biggest win of the season and probably most unexpected”

“Credit to everyone today, good team selection which I think took Sheffield by surprise.
We were excellent in the first half, and started the second half well, should have been two up but for Uche’s greed.
Sheffield were decent if not a touch one dimensional”

“Crewe scoring a LATE Goal ! Your Joking! You can not be serious! Well glad to be wrong for Once!”

“I too was surprised by a late winner for the Mighty Reds. who knew Uche could pass the ball!! “

“Should have known the Alex would win. Always do well when there is no Football League Show.”

“hope that he realises that attack is the best form of defence”

“Fanstastic result”

“Started with three strikers at Bramall Lane and won the game. Fortune favours the brave”

“Just what we needed and a good defensive performance “

“our first win at Bramall Lane”

“Nobody can wipe the smile on my face! Absolutely buzzing “

“Unbelievable result! Completely unexpected”

“We beat who we want, we beat who we want, Crewe Alex we beat who we want. Stick yer Yorkshire pudding up yer arse! “

“That was quite possibly the best moment this year “

“There are few certainties in life. One of them is that Crewe Alexadnra never win at Sheff Utd……..”

“Quality away day at Sheffield Utd! I hope we’ve messed up all your accumulators “

“All thos sayng ‘Davies out’ will be quiet this week”

“From the sounds of it Sheffield United did their low cross along the six yard box trick to nowhere yet again.”

“Blades’ fans are fuming. Little old Crewe beating them at home! GET IN!!”

“We’ll never fear a blades side managed by Nigel Clough. He’s clueless on ruthlessness”

“This is why I love supporting Crewe, we literally had no right to win away at Sheffield these are the wins we need to keep us up”

“Absolute horse shit last week, haven’t won away in years, go to a team in the top in 6 and win welcome to the world of Crewew Alexandra”

“And here come all the people bitching about Crewe ruining there acca”

Pre-Match View From Crewe

“Staggered to see that abomination of a new home kit from Sheffield United. Not sure why Adidas keep wanting to get rid of stripes, first Southampton, then West Brom and now Sheffield United. It’s sheer lunacy!
Anyway to the game. I believe this will be such a dull, turgid affair between two ultra defensive managers that means we’ll play straight into Sheffield United’s hands.Greg Leigh vs John Brayford will be an interesting battle but I can see our defence crumbling at set pieces which will cost us.
2-0 to the Blades for me after another utterly spineless showing of slow, predictable defensive football complete with one shot on target for the full 90 minutes. However, I would love to see us go for it at Bramall Lane like we did when we were 2-0 down 2 years ago and then get one over Nigel Clough though, what a bitter little man he is. That 3-3 game was one of the best Crewe games I’ve ever seen.
Post match, our tactical genius of a manager will then go on to say this was a bonus game and we need to be realistic when playing a side like Sheffield United despite the abysmal form Sheffield United are in, only scraping past a poor Port Vale side thanks to a penalty. He’ll then give the inevitable ‘I’m confident of staying in the division’ to the press.
Least Harry Maguire isn’t playing in this game, 3 goals in 2 games for him at Bramall Lane against us”

“Giving this one a miss myself. Never won at Bramall Lane”

“why on earth Davis plays for tight 1-0 wins is utterly baffling. He needs to realise the best form of attack is defence”

“Sheffield United winning 4-0 was the worst thing that could possibly have happened. Davis will now have his ‘we’ve got to be realistic excuse’ ready to whip out. “

“Davis will will go 5 at the back and “try” to play for a 0-0, he won’t stop his son despite him being horribly out of form and he won’t play wingers, leaving us very narrow and the strikers very isolated.
Sheffield Utd 4-1 Crewe (Done 2, Murphy, Baxter, Ikpeazu) 18,466 (350 Crewe) “

“Spent the day at Bramall Lane and the pitch was not looking too clever and with their game v Scunthorpe its not going to get any better.
Think hoofball up to Uche could be a good option on Sat.”

“without doubt the worst Crewe side I’ve seen in my many years of watching us, we are a new level of shite far below the rest of the bottom half of this division along with Colchester and Yeovil. Ah well, least we agree Sheffield United will have an easy home win.”

“Sheffield United Have Great Quality “

“We have two players away on international duty. Maybe a change of formation?”

“Let’s face it, we can swap and change all we like. We can’t defend. We’ve only been able to defend in one season in nearly 20 years”

“Going for a shock Alex 1-0 win… stranger things have happened.”

“Would love to be wrong, but can only see this going one way and dependant on how early Sheff. Utd score, if could be a hatful. 3-0 loss”

 

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.”