Pre-Match View From Oldham

“someone please tell me how Philliskirk keeps starting games? He’s one of the most innaffective players I’ve ever watched”

“For a long time fans like him because he runs around and gives it his best. Still remember when people said they would have
him over Daniel Johnson and Baxter “

“He needs a goal to give him a little boost Philly is a massive confidence player and at the minute the confidence isent thier
when he’s on form hes a very good player for this league “

“Philliskirk is a fantastic player. He gives 100% each game a lot of effort that some fans don’t recognise, probably because
they have never played football themselves. He runs every inch of the pitch chasing lost causes that other players give up. He
breaks play up in the middle of the park and if there was any criticism of him is that he does not score enough but that is
mainly due to him doing other players work.”

“I still remember the number of goals we gave away because Johnson was watching the man he was supposed to be marking from the
other half of the field. The same applied to Baxter. Neither of those to would make themselves available when the ball was in a
difficult spot and both gave the ball away more than Philliskirk. “

“Can we just write the season off now? Send back all the loan players and put the kids in!”

“Given our record against current bottom six: 2 wins, 3 draws & 7 defeats… I say bring on 5th place Sheffield United – Latics
certain to turn up for this one. “

“Minutes applause tomorrow in memory of Harry Dowd “

“We’ve been voted the 19th best ground in league one” (Blades voted 4th in same poll.

“Looks like Forte will still be out for Saturday”

“I bet Nigel Clough and his defence will be looking forward to meeting the OAFC strike force on Saturday. Apart from the
injured Forte not one other Oldham player has reached double figures. Morgan-Smith(The Ghost), Philliskirk, Poleon and
Wilkinson have not scored ten between them”

“I hope we can win on Saturday , and keep Baxter out of the game for 90 mins.”

“I am sure Nigel Clough will play it cool, on the face of things to come he has not got much to worry about! Our manager has
stated that he wants he team to go out with ‘a bang’ well I for one think it will be ‘with a clang’! Not a clue as to who and
what the midfield will be, lots of centre-backs and a trio of strikers whose presence will instil fear into the Sheffield

“Poleon mcould be a good player with his skill and speed but as for mellis hes done nowt!! can see why he cant get in a poor
blackpool side doesnt show enough desire.”

“we have won 3 in the last 12. I have heard many phrases used on the terraces in connection with Poleon this season but
‘firepower’ is not one of them.”

“What can the current tripe do that the up and coming kids can’t?
Score – we’re not scoring?
Defend – we’re not defending?
Create – we’re not creating?
Oh – and play a proper formation. 4-4-2.”


“Didn’t get what we deserved tonight”

“Well done Rovers…
Great performance.”

“Was that 2 penalties turned down were the Blades playing Basketball?”

“How did we not win that?”

“Absolute embarrassment the “Dickov out” boo boys! Making us look stupid. They don’t speak for me.
Otherwise, it’s been a bloody good game.”

“I think the point is that despite a defeat it sounded like a decent performance – do you call for the manager’s head when the performance has been good?
If the manager ends up moving on it will be because of games like Bradford, not tonight.”

“Good performance from the lads but the manager severely dinted our chances of getting back in if.substituting tyson and coppinger was absolutely disgusting. Time to go”

“Get him f***ing out fans happy with a 3-2 defeat against sheff utd f*** off, any half decent team since Christmas has taken points off is sick of seeing same shite week in week out he’s done nothing to warrant the job get him out.”

“We deserved to win tonight but I thought the tactics poor again.”

“Not sure what’s wrong with the tactics when we’ve scored 2, hit the post and had 2 cleared off the line, away from home against a side with 15-20 points more than us.
They had 3 dangerous attacks and scored 3 goals”

“The only teams we have beat since Christmas are Yeovil, Crewe, Colchester, Crawley, Barnsley (when shit), Coventry any decent team has taken something from us that’s not good enough regardless tonight’s performance.”

“Problems at centre half but we had a good go.
Great performance and glory in defeat.”

“We are a good league 1 club, i shall rephrase that.
We are a very, very good league 1 club.
I dont expect a promotion every season, but i expect to be alot more consistant and challenging every season. Under Penney we landed 10th spot on our first season with basically a league 2 side.
We finished 8th under him on our 2nd season.
It feels to me as though weve chucked seasons of hard work away and gone backwards.
I cant see it ever getting better while mr dickov is in charge.
Can you ?… HONESTLY. One step forward three steps back.”

“Dickov is happy, we lost to a club that have been stuck in league 1 for years. No ambition anymore, back to that small Yorkshire club! “

“We deserved a win tonight but sheff u took the chances. We didn’t, which is why we are sat looking up at them in promotion”

“After all the wishful thinking I think tonight shows how far we still need to go before we can call our selfs a promotion side. Utd had ALL the luck front and back we had McCoombe . Roll on next season hope all the lessens learned and acted upon .”

“Donny outplayed, outfought and outsmarted them. The referee gave Sheffield United the points.”

“McCoombe the refs job easy . We lost to our own inadequacy to defend and keep strong when it mattered . Plug the gaps with solid pros and we’ll walk the league .”

“The best team lost tonight. Still can’t believe we didn’t get anything from the game. I am pretty sure we’ll have a chance to put things right next season because they will not be going up.
The ref must have been paid by them surely. I’ve seen some bad ones before but he takes the biscuit, 100% homer. He should never be allowed to Ref a game ever again!!
Well done lads, best I’ve seen then play in a while.”

“Tonights support from the Rovers fans was fantastic. Home support was embarrassing tonight; much quieter than we are at the Keepmoat.”

“ah we’ll win some ya lose some all Donny ain’t we ? We’ll be playing them next season in league one”

“Best game this season by far. Controlled the game virtually all the way through, robbed of the 3 points”

“Result apart, it was a great game, didn’t deserve to lose and denied a penalty yet again”

“Quality game of football, passionate performance, unlucky to not come away with anything, worth every penny.”

“Brilliant South Yorkshire derby for both teams and 2 world class goals by Bennett. Well played by Rovers team and very unlucky”

“Best performance I’ve seen this season, outplayed sheff Utd all game! Proud of my little pub team tonight”

“Glory in defeat. Proud very proud.”

“Great atmosphere from the guys and gals tonight as well, made 1500 sound like double that. Everyone brought their singing voices!”

“Literally cannot believe Sheff Utd took all 6 points from us, cunts”

“Suprising actually there seems a few decent Sheff Utd fans out there saying we deserved better”

“Not a bad away day, we out played them and deserved atleast a point”

“Must admit great game if you didn’t support either team, it was there for the taking for either team, Sheffield took it”

“Just shows how unlucky we were tonight with all positive comments coming from blades fans. Unlike deluded dingles that are chirping up!”

“Dickov breaks another records: 1st time Doncaster have lost at Bramall Lane in 32 years yet we still made more noise than the librarians who were supporting Sheff Utd… talk about embarrassing support! “

“Season of Ifs, Buts and Maybes.
What if we had the EFFORT we showed tonight for the whole season?”

“The team gave everything they had tonight, just the poor concentration defensively cost us, it could have gone either way, very little between the teams.”

“Little between the teams?
Were you there
It was one way traffic ffs.”

Pre-Match View From Doncaster

“My Owls fan mate wants to come if he’ll be able to stand with me and be a fan for the night!”

“Be interesting to see how many Rovers fans turn up at Bramall Lane. Not many I reckon after last nights shambles.”

“I was gonig but not bothering now, just simply as the game is worthless.”

“1200 tops I reckon, season over, I never seen a decent game between the two.”

“I know it’s not brilliant but it’s a night game and most fans don’t think we’ll get anything out of this season plus a couple
of hundred fans are banned because of ‘pyros’ talk on social media and a lot of fans refuse to come to home games because of
how poor we are at home and because we still have Dickov”

“We are nearer the relegation places than the play offs. 8 points from Relegation. 10 points from play offs.
We all know what happened from this point last season…………………………………………..Is history about to repeat itself?”

“Nailed on to win at Bramall Lane.”

“No chance. Another season wasted. Roll on next year !”

“We’ll draw. It won’t be inspiring but we won’t lose.”

“I have absolutely no idea which Donny team will turn up but we’ve gone from an outside chance of the play-offs to a possible relegation, given last season and the plonker we have in charge I wouldn’t bet against it.”

“Sheff U are shaky as hell at home so we have to tear at them. If we are going to miss out then I’d rather be able to say we
went out with guns blazing than with a whimper.”

“Mate of mine , well I say mate , if anyone can be friendly towards a Dingle, went on Saturday and said the Blunts totally out
played them”

“OK so its one game I am not best to comment on being a bus ride away. However I go and support my team through thick and thin
as do most on here, so I suppse we can only see our viewpoint in terms of floating support. I am expecting a massive
disapointment on Tuesday. Will we sell all the, i believe, 1500 posibly not. The season is over for a lot I fear. However I
hope we do sell more. “

“It’s local pride for me now and I want to finish above our mates from Dingleville.
Sheffield exile I am staying with Mrs Rover in that little place where Brian the Blade comes from”

“Whilst I do agree that Sheff u may be too soon for unleashing all of the kids, I think Lund, Middleton and McKay would give us
an energy that Utd would not be expecting and could give us a morale boosting victory. I am an eternal optimist though and live
in hope for an inspirational leader as a manager. Oh well so much for that dream”

“I will be there to see us beat the stuttering blades”

“The possibility of some good football from our team? Effort. Passion. Shots on goal. Tenacious defending. The manager showing
some tactical ability
I fear the worst even allowing for our decent away form we’ve played too many get out of jail cards this season, I fear a bit
of a spanking but yet I do so hope I’m wrong”

“everywhere I’ve been this season not one side has had a good home atmosphere”

“If Chris Smalling……is the 4th best centre back in England, then Andy-f***ing-Butler must be a decent shout for the 5th

“difference between Jones and Butler, they both have the passion and have the heart. ………… Jones could do his job,
Andy Butler cant.”


Barnsley 0-2 Sheff Utd


“did their keeper have a shot to save? Awful performance.”

“We’ve made a very mediocre side look like world beaters.”

“Beaten us in every department, fair and square”

“had to be against that lot too! theres not much in this division apart from the top 4. on our day we are as good of not better
than most of the rest, lets hope we have 6 or so good days before the end of the season”

“Sheffield United came and did a job on us. We tried to break through, the effort was there, but we werent good enough, it’s as
simple as that. “

“It’s been a magnificent run and it’s Sod’s law it has ended against the Blunts.”

“The not losing streak had to end sometime but WHY oh! WHY did it have to be..
..the blunts that ended it?? Following Barnsley is one long succession of disappointments punctuated by (very) occasional

“It is the infamous jinx with the Sheffield clubs. Over the years no matter how good we are playing both these clubs usually
get the wins. Typical as today. Need to push on everything not over as yet.”

“Sheff u deserved win, it’s gone move on.”

“Beaten us in every department. Such is life. 6th place still not out of touch..”

“Pretty even until the first goal then Sheff.Utd dominated.It pains me to say but they were organised and stronger all over the

“Run had to come to an end, worst performance for a while and just disappointing it comes against this lot.”

“No desire, no effort, nothing. Very poor.”

“Credit to them, they played well, high tempo, looked better on the ball & tactics were better. We were lucky it wasn’t a
mauling on that first half performance.”

“Today the game was lost from the dugout, one of the worst performances I’ve seen in a long old time.”

“We were wank today. Best team won. We don’t deserve to be anywhere near the playoffs on that performance”

“that was like watching your parents have intercourse “

“Well we completely bottled it today!!”

“The best side won today, we were beyond poor”

“Never turned up today, Sheffield Utd were up for it from minute 1 and fully deserved the win”

“Sheff United fans chanting ‘there’s only one Chris Morgan’ & making elbow gestures. Classy”

“Best side won. End of. No complaints we were poor”

“It was by no means the worst we’ve played this season. Not so much we were that bad, as they were able to stop us playing.
They were superior all over the pitch.”

“One up front at home??
we played like we were playing a big club… away. Poor very poor. not a single shot on goal.”

“It hurts more because of who it was but they deserved it, we were awful today.”

“But they wouldn’t have enjoyed it either, as their forums state categorically that they’re not bothered about us. At all.”

“Men vs boys. Only one team turned up today. We should never under any circumstances not have a shot on target all game.”
“they were crap never heard a word till they scored. Shit fans. first time they’ve ever filled away end lol”

“We ceratinly picked the most possible day not to turn up”

“we underestimated your guys expertise in this league but then again you have been in it that long
we were **** poor and on radio der dar it says it were grunts best performance of the season , congrats youve won your cup
final and had a day in the fresh air out of the smog and seen trees and that , well done”

“They did a good job on us and every ball they put into our box, most of which were quality, caused problems. “

“Well my first league since blunts away due to missus on maternity pay and being skint. amazingly disappointed saw there line up and thought we would win but we were shocking. WIth not going to any of last 9 can not comment on performances. But today was terrible no shape, could not handle constant long ball. Negative tactics and passes. To be fair we played better in 0-1 away win. We have a spell betwen 5 – 15 mins where we dominated ball but that was it”

“We have a team building in progress. We are not yet the finished article and this shows in some of the games, particularly today. If we got in the playoffs and got promotion, do you think this team could survive the Championship . I do not think so and we would be back to the moaning and groaning . I think same could be said of the Blunts too. So the excitement is good but I would think another year building a really good team and then go for it. There will be some players going out and some coming in, could be an interesting close season”

“Fair play to at least one of the Blunts team today
Their young lad down the west stand side with the plain flag had probably the most effective game I’ve seen by an opposition player this season.
Other than that they just worked harder than us and took advantage of an inexperienced keeper and lack of Williams/O’Sullivan type link player.”

“Id say they probably had the slight advantage of their players actually turning up and their manager actually having a clue.”

“I’ll make this clear, we were outplayed, out fought, out thought by Sheffield Utd.
We didn’t have a shot on target, our tactics were terrible.
It was like watching us under Danny Wilson.
Utd wanted it, and fought for it.
Well done lads.
In fact you should have had 3 or 4 more with our comedy defending and goal line clearances to keep you out.
Good support, and in my 40 years of watching at Oakwell I think that’s the most fans I’ve ever seen from you lot.
Reminded me of the Owls support, so good effort.
Still a way to go in this league and I think your main threat will be Chessie, unless we beat ’em next Saturday, then it’ll be us again!
May still see you at Wembley, but enjoy today while it lasts”

“We played absolutely shocking! That was a completely different side out there than what played against Bristol and Preston, just what the hell happened? Also; the sky sports score centre app seemed adamant we were playing 4-4-2 but I swear it wasn’t… Looked more 4-5-1, if so, WHY?
One up front at home in a derby? Sorry Lee, you’ve been tremendous so far but you got it tactically wrong today! I think I can see what he was trying to do, he was trying to control the game by packing midfield but it didn’t work at all and backfired massively, much worse than he probably anticipated.
And last but not least, the officials… We were shocking, yes, I’ll give you that, but to not even card a Sheff Utd player when he has more or less deliberately pushed a Barnsley player in the face? There were too many completely stupid decisions (or lack of decisions in some areas) to mention here but that one stands out as it effectively lead to the first goal.
Fair play to Sheff Utd, we got it tactically wrong, they capitalized on that and it could have honestly been an embarrassing scoreline of 3 to 4 nil today. Lee’s shown his first error as a manager today for me.”

“No complaints, that was one of our worst performances of the season and we deserved everything we got. Very disappointed.”

“Strikers on the wing, completely outclassed and no game plan. The fact we’ve lost isn’t what hurts, it’s the manner in which we lost. Absolute garbage today.”

“The way they celebrated it obviously meant a fair bit.
The best team won today admittedly. An away win each so honours even , now calm the fk down.”

“So just to be clear , the author (of this blog) is illiterate who needs to troll message boards and copy comments because he’s incapable
of forming a sentence and thinking for him self .
We get loads of requests on here to participate in giving our view on a forthcoming fixture , you notice I added the word
REQUEST , it works very well and everyone is happy .
Good manners cost nothing but clearly that’s too much for you Fritzal’s to spend.
Enjoy your deserved victory and see you next season , your manners are in keeping with your play off record .
To be fair your fans seem to find an opposition player almost losing his life after receiving an elbow by one of your players amusing so I’m hardly likely to feel like some circus freak because you blunts find my rant amusing .
I’m fully aware what a blog is and yes once a piece is sent into cyberspace it no longer belongs to the author , thanks for reminding me anyway .
My comments have clearly struck a nerve , you need to move away from the fly on the dog turd type blog and actually create something using your own initiative , blood sucking leeches were never popular .
I ain’t really bothered that a couple of geeky blunt cybersnakes drinking cans of monster who can only copy and paste find me none too clever .
I don’t really know how you get your material for much of the season , 90% of this league couldn’t give a flying feck about you , another season down here and you’ll have to close the site down fellas , may as well do it now there’s nowt for you lads in North London historically .”

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 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”