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

“I would like to see Twardzik back between the sticks as he is a safer option than Long. “

“I know Long is making a few blunders at the moment but Twardzik was dropped for a perfectly valid reason – he also was making more than a few blunders.  A nightmare at crosses also.  In the recent 2 games against Killie, Long has been criticised (yesterday rightly so) but don’t overlook the fact that Josh Law was in some way responsible for both goals “
“Long was garbage yesterday from virtually the first minute. He missed everything not just the cross that led to the goal.  The first time he caught the ball was in the 32nd minute and Kilmarnock must have had 5 or 6 crosses in that time and a couple of shots.  For a big boy he has no presence about him.  He doesn’t use his height and weight at all and as far as punching the ball goes Twardzik is much better. 
 Twardzik has made some errors but over 25+ games and he’s turned in man of the match performances and kept us from getting right drubbings.  Long has probably had as many mistakes now as Twardzik in a quarter of the matches. Twardzik has a better clean sheet record than Long, and Long has been playing in a team that’s performing much better with a half way credible defence in front of him.
 I said after the match yesterday that Baraclough will have to have a hard think about it.  The stakes are huge now and I’m afraid confidence in Long is being whittled away, something we really don’t need when we are battling for survival.
 No one wants to change a goalkeeper at this stage in the season, in our position, but we just cannot afford any more mistakes.  However it is in goals has to perform. End of story.”

“You have to wonder how many errors will Long be allowed to make before reverting back to Dan?  Seems like he is not any better at cross balls and posisbly not as good a shot stopper as Dan “

“Long was very ropy all of the game ,not just the goal that he missed to let the killie lad in .Long must have tried to get to 5 or 6 and missed them all  “

“Long provided numerous heart in mouth moments.  “

“George Long is mince.  Another goal conceded today that should never have happened.  He looked like a bombscare from the first whistle and it was hardly a surprise when the goal happened.  He has his team mates to thank for getting him out of jail today. “

“ Big mention to George Long for coming back from a honking performance and doing the basics correctly”.

View From Bradford

Blades 1-1 Bradford 

“Stats show how even the game really is…. the team that takes the chances, takes the points!”

“Happy with the result …….. A draw at the lane is very good – Most on here would have taken this, at the seasons start, and
moreso today, after Bristol City.”

“very solid battling performance from team full of semi-injured players after 0:6, I’m really glad!”

“I was a little concerned the Bristol result was the sign of a total collapse to come, from an over worked, small sqaud.”

“Happy to report I could see the match this time, thanks to my son and a bloke 3 seats down who applied some positive
‘encouragement’ to the youths in the row in front who started the match standing up, to get them to sit down, which they did
thankfully, apart from the usual moments of excitement, i.e. The goal and when we were attacking.
We looked a bit jittery at the back on occasion, not surprising after Tuesday, but I thought the team did OK. We should have
had a penalty first half for the most blatant handball you will ever see, but not given. There were some good performances,
notably Routis in central midfield and Davies. Stead made a nuisance of himself when he came on.
The Blades fans were rubbish. Scores equal, we are down to 10 men, they are pushing for the play offs, so what do they do?
Leave early in droves, and boo their players off!”

“Really great day out. As stated before, stewards and old bill good lot. Few pints in Sheffield prior to the game and all
jovial. Little bit of handbags after the game especially around the uni.”

“Actually my first ever time in Sheffield and before I’d even left the train station some bloke came over and said:
“You’re s***, you’ll always be s***, dirty Northern monkey, f*** off you f****** Yorkshire *******, you’re s***”
Seemed a bit surprised when I told him that Sheffield itself is both in the North and in Yorkshire. Not the brightest bunch.
Otherwise a decent away day.”

“How strange they booed their team at the end – in the play offs and they boo them off?
Outstanding support from us again today – but I can honestly say the sheff fans were so quiet it was wierd I don’t know if it
was the acoustics or what but apart from one muffled song I didn’t hear them all game they were worse thanChelsea fans – what’s
more I was reading somewhere they beat us to best atmosphere voted by fans – makes you proud to have fans like ours”

“5 minutes of extra time, we are down to 10 men, they are fighting for the play offs, so they all troop out en masse, a la Sunderland. Then at the final whistle they boo the players. Hardly a peep out of them all game except when they scored, and that wasn’t exactly exuberant. A poor show from them.”

“took my son for his first game at Bramall Lane today. Stated beforehand, its one of the best grounds for atmosphere, especially from the home fans.
To say he is not convinced is an understatement. They were pants……..”

“Thanks to the Sheffield Utd chav & his obese wife who shouted at me, my brother, 13 year old son & nephews 7 & 9 to **** off back to Bradford and our town full of P***s as we headed back to the car after the game.
He didn’t seem impressed when I replied I would rather go to Bradford than wake up next to his munta of a wife!”

“So looking through stats city have 3-4 chances with maybe 2-3 on target.. Resulting in 0 goals.. Opposition have 1 on target they score…”

“Whilst the stats suggest United had one shot on target, we were troubled wide on occasions. Thoroughly deserved point.”

“Wasn’t going to mention the ref but he certainly gave us very little, the second half one of our lads got fouled near the halfway line but played the ball up to Hanson who was breaking forward and instead of giving us advantage to see what we could produce he blew up and gave the free kick on the half way line, poor at best and influenced by the home crowd I don’t know why as they we very quite today (as I thought our 3,000ish fans were) until the final whistle when the crescendo of boos spread round the ground ffs their 5th in the league nailed on for a play off place and their booing their team.”

“We also should have had a penalty in the first half. I was sat in the Sheffield John Street Stand – directly in line with play, and it was clearly handled. It was ball to hand, but his arm was raised up at shoulder height. All the United fans around me said it was a clear penalty.”

“We managed to restore a modicum of pride in the shirt with today’s draw at Blades. But although Sheffield United weren’t great; they were the team trying to get the ball down and play football.cMahon had a stinker; constantly hoofing the ball forward into spaces where we had no player”

“McMahon played????”

“Agree about McMahon. Kept giving away the ball and committing fouls.”

Pre-Match View From Bradford

“Blood the youth and clear the decks – send the Blackpool reserves back and let’s move on”

“the team are going to take some getting back on their feet going to be very difficult for parky to raise the moral, hope i’m wrong but this doesen’t auger well for saturday.”

“I’d bring Halliday and McMahon into the midfield for Yeates and Knott”

“This is another potential mauling. Throwing in boys just because of anger at a defeat could badly damage their careers if it is a mullering, and damning our youth players comes as naturally to some as damning our manager.
I’d expect Parkinson to start with the regulars most likely to grind out a draw, then give 2 youths a chance at Scunthorpe.”

“Hanson will drift out to the left as its an instruction from PP but Bramhall lane is a wide pitch so on defensive duty i don’t mind that, help us if anything as Hanson isn’t exactly electric on the break. Stick to the diamond and see if we can get a good show out of Halliday and McMahon if we want them next season.”

“The scary thing is, we’re 10 points off the drop zone. Its basically been our decent away record that has kept us away from it.”

“I would say there is very little difference between any of the clubs outside the top 4 or 5 and I include all the way down to Yeovil in that. “

“We’ve still only spent £7,500 this season”

“Buzzing for Sheffield derby”

“Good job where aren’t playing Sheff Wednesday on Saturday or the media would be wanking them self off at the headlines”

“Can’t wait to get to Bramall Lane on Saturday and at least for a couple of hours have the focus of Bradford City purely on the football.”

“a thrashing at home possible new owners and unfounded fire stories. Followed by a great victory at Bramall lane?”

“To have the chance to win a league game at Bramall Lane, would have been laughed at, as little as just two years ago”

“With the post on the city website regards crowd disorder for tomorrow’s away game at Sheff Utd has the club received information about possible trouble?”

“Just read it and think its a general message to fans, not a particularly large crowd from a Sheffield perspective. Unless anyone knows any different???”

“No surprises after incidents at our local away games recently.”

VIEW FROM YEOVIL

“we won?!?!”

“We did a win”

“WE WON A GAME!!!”

“Sheff Utd fans saying we are a crap team. We beat them and beat them in the play-offs. Who’s crap now?”

“Great win”

“Fab game tonite”

“Fair play to all the Blades who made journey down, did the same journey earlier in season on a Tuesday night, not an easy one”

“It wasn’t a lucky result either as the Glovers dominated the game “

“Scougall was dangerous”

“Such a small thing, but made me happy. Clean sheet and a win”

“A rare win”

“Sturrock’s tartan waistcoat is growing on me”

“Always bloody lose when I bet on Yeovil winning, now the other bloody way around! I will never learn!”

“Great win tonight! Won the crowd over in the second half as well”

“Results might mean nothing any longer, but an improved performance is a plus. Onwards and hopefully upwards “

“Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss we have actually won a game”

“That cuts gap down to 10pts. Would be nice to make it single figures in next few games!”

“Sturrock said a draw woulda been fair result. I think we deserved the win all night long”

“Yeovil have only just won a game of football. Sheffield United must enjoy playing at Huish Park.”

“Actually still smiling from winning the game even if it means nothing!”

“Yeovil town – messing up Sheffield United playoff chances since 2013.”

“That was Yeovil Town’s first clean sheet since January 24th’s 0-0 against Coventry City”

“Totally deserved from start to finish”

“Quality performance tonight, 3 points and a clean sheet against 5th in the league, good to get our first win since 7th March”

Pre-Match View From Yeovil

“Two years ago today, Yeovil Town confirmed our place in the L1 Play-Offs with a 2-0 win at Stevenage. And yet it feels like a lifetime..”

“A season that was meant to see us challenge for immediate promotion back to the Championship, which unsurprisingly ended after just one season at that level for the first time in our history, has seen Gary Johnson sacked and Terry Skiverton unable to turn the tide now we’ll hope that Sturrock can revive our fortunes and turn us around into a position going in the right way!”

“Sturrock has suggested he may make a few changes to his side to give him a chance to run the rule over a few extra bodies before the season ends. “

“I recall the play off victory over Sheffield United. dizzy heights seem a long way away now”

“Campbell Ryce made a great impact againsgt us on Saturday”

“The odds on us winning a game regardless of where and against whom should always be incredibly long at the moment. “

“I don’t think we’ll get another point this season”