VIEW FROM COLCHESTER

 

Blades 4-1 Colchester 

“SHEFFIELD UNITED 4 SHOTS ON TARGET 4 GOALS. “

“Bottom four seem to be in a competition to see which one us is the worst in the league.”

“Sheff 4 – 1 Colchester Utd (U10’s). TH says the kids did ok considering most of them are eligible for the U9’s. TH and RC will be at Stanway Villa vs Colchester Athletic U14’s Sunday as they step up the search for an experienced defender to sure up the back four. 
Always look on the bright side of life! “

“Are there statistics anywhere for corner conversion rates? There can’t be many teams worse at corners. It must get to the stage where our opponents will kick it out for a corner rather than risking a throw in.”

“Depressingly predictable as always. “

“What a bloody shambles and an embarrassment this team has become!!!”

“I think we should win a bonus point for the amount of corners we have”

“Taxi for the defence.”

“Sheffield away; view from outside is that Col U are not expected to win.”

“ I’m putting it out there…. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Colchester”

“Absolute shower that was. Sheffield United weren’t even particularly impressive either, we were just abysmal”

“Sheffield United biggest ever win over the U’s – previous best has been 3-0 (on four occasions)”

“Travel all that way for that & manager & assistant not even acknowledge us at end prick !! “

“Hahahaha as if Humes made a change in the 89th minute when we were already 4-1 down. Great banter that is. “

“Despite all the good play in the 1st half we still came in 2-0 down and David Fox in his interview referred to them gifting them goals – in particular the goal which came from a Colchester corner and within two passes was in the back of our net – and some of our play as ‘schoolboy stuff’ but we now need to ‘scrap our way out of it’.”

“F*** Off You Utterly Clueless P****
My Message to Mr.Humes “

“Don’t think I’ve ever known a manager to criticise the players so much in interviews let alone every week. “

“another embaressing result tonight, Team selection wasn’t very good, relegation looks on ffs”

“ Humes blaming the defenders that he signed is priceless, Moron.”

“ Bad result, defended poorly, didn’t have enough going forward, changes too late.”

“Went last night and it was a disgraceful performance. Even calling it a performance is going a bit far. It was a complete farce. Last night was one of the most heartbreaking experiences I have felt supporting Colchester. It was Men v Infants all over the park and it is really quite hard to put into words just how awful we were. We started brightly and should have been 1-0 up after a minute after Sammie slammed a shot at their keeper from a few yards out. Great work by Massey to create the chance.But every corner we had was absolutely shite, powderpuff, so easy to defend against. Their goal was a joke, with Gordon starting things by making a ridiculous foul. The free kick went through everyone, David Fox did his best cabaret act of air kicking the ball and Baxter was able to just stab it home with consummate ease.We then proceeded to get the ball up to Porter or Massey as Gordon was an attacking non entity sadly. The second goal came from our own shite set piece, long ball over the top, Clohessy was left on his jack to defend and he was turned inside out by Done, who then calmly stroke it past Walker.Second half started like the first ended, we just could not get a foothold, our passing was wayward and we looked beaten. We introduced DSF who got stuck straight in, but minutes later we gifted their left back, who hasn’t scored in years to launch a daisy cutter from 30 yards which somehow evaded Walker. It was another woeful attempt at closing down. 
Please note that Sheffield United didn’t need to break sweat, we were playing that bad. “

“BBC’s match reports suggest Crewe had 3 on target and scored with all 3;
And that Sheffield United had 4 on target and scored with all 4; which is rather frightening.”

“Not exactly amazing strikes yet they all go in. “

“I  haven’t seen the goals again but first goal I think Walker could have done a lot better , hesitated in coming out and when he did was half hearted so led to fumbles with him and Clohessy?
Second goal Clohessy shouldn’t have shown him towards goal onto his stronger foot , placed into corner.
3rd goal was a case of the player closing him down slowly almost forcing him to shoot for it to be a good effort to beat the keeper , I think it was but I don’t think Walker was unsighted. 
Penalty straight down the middle , almost hard for keepers to stand there. “

“What is Walker appealing for at the first goal? Clohessy can f### off with his s### attempt at stopping Done , even worse than I remembered. Can sort of understand Walkers frustration for the 3rd but against quick to blame others. What a shambles :(“

“Despite our position, Sheffield United are the first side to double the U’s this season.”

Pre-Match View From Colchester

“Looking ahead what team would you put out on Tuesday night versus Sheffield United? “

“Swindon’s “

“Not many options for us”

“Bizarrely for someone who hates it, I would have no problem if we played a very tight, very solid 4-5-1 formation at Bramall Lane. Three central midfielders in a line together with the two wide just a little advanced of that…for that reason, I’d keep Watt in the side as he as Massey are vital to getting up to Porter to give him a hand playing on his own front. Szmodics to join in when he can”

“Does anyone get the feeling that Porter is the sort of striker who only scores spectacular goals?”

“ The whole team was crap on Saturday because Crewe effectively nullified us and we resorted long ball hoofs to Porter, who won nothing “

“we have young players all over the pitch and they are doing well in the most part, but while we have fox knitting together the midfield, and now porter providing experience with the attacking side of things, we have little experience at the back. clohessy isnt a natural defender”

“ It doesn’t help that Porter is isolated up front. I don’t think its lack of effort. “

“ Porter has done well upfront but has no support. “

“Since Chris Porter has come into the side in the last two games it sounds like the team has another dimension. “

“Great start from Porter”

 “With Porter’s physicality we looked a much more solid outfit and harder to beat “

“Nice to have a forward in Porter who can win flick-ons, but held the ball up well and brought other players in”

“Porter Could make a huge difference to our attacking play. Better for us than Sears in many respects. “

“A good player is Porter at this level, experienced and able to score different types of goals that will fit into our formation and “philosophy” rather well I think. “

“Chris Porter. Proper striker! “

“He does seem to have a reputation for being very hard working and always giving 100% on the pitch, which is exactly what we need in our current predicament. “

“i was just reading some Sheff Utd forums and nearly all of the commented on his great work rate and what i really liked was that someone described him as ‘having ince in his veins’. Could be out injured for ages, come back, get one chance and score. Composure in front of goal is one thing we have really been missig.”

“Very excited by Porter signing. Hopefully it might attract a few more to the WHCS”

“At last, Porter is someone who looks old enough to play mens football. He will feel like a grandad in that changing room! “

“Porter Seemed to score a lot of important goals for Sheff utd. I think any goal he scores for us will be vital. Never been the quickest, but certainly tormented us in the past.  Happy days”

“ Chris Porter is quite evidently good enough to score a wonder goal in consecutive weeks whilst on the SOLO ‘break’; so frankly we don’t have to over commit the midfield forward in order to score goals. Stopping goals is just as important as scoring them.  “
“I am hopeful that at Bramall Lane and Boundary Park I will witness a dogged performance that grinds out a vital four points from six. Then on our return to WHCS we similarly put nine or ten men behind the ball to grind out boring 0-0 draws against MK Dons and Bristol City; which is achievable; but not if we go gung-ho. So Tony, let’s please stick to WHAT has worked away from home not WATT hasn’t worked when at home.”

  “ The next four games look terribly tough.”

“If we go their defensive and for a point I think we might get slapped. They’ve been good at home this season and in this instance I would go at them, put them on the back foot early against a team their expected to beat. High pressure and high intense, winning the ball back early and high up the pitch. If we concede early then we can drop off…no harm done. We have to get points from these next four fixtures and would see this as a good opportunity. Perhaps their legs are tired from their cup exploits. “

“Oh dear didn’t realise its Sheffield United away on Tuesday. Hmm just what we need. At least not at fortress WHCS “

VIEW FROM GILLINGHAM

GILLINGHAM 2-0 BLADES 

“what a fantastic result. Well done everyone.”

“That Pub team.
This was how we were described on the Blades fans forum on our last 2 meetings with them in keeping with our many admirers in South Yorkshire. No mention of it tonight though”

“One poster on the Sheff U board compared us to dogs_hit, well they just got turned over by a Richard the Third”

“WHAT?!
Do you mean they didn’t batter us and the officials weren’t crepe etc……….. or is it only the big club on the eastern side of the M1 who do that?”

“A United fan on the Sheffield Star match report did call us a “village team” though.”

“Sean Bean where are you now? Your boys took a hell of a beating!”

“It is a very close thing as to who has the most gracious supporters between mighty Rovrum and Shef Utd whenever we beat them (and it is always undeserved). Must be a South Yorkshire trait along with breeding whippets and pigeon racing in between shoplifting at Meadowhall.”

“It sounded all United until the subs came on. Then woosh.”

“Best day as a Gills fan for ages. New manager, clean sheet, victory over a top team. And we’re now closer on points to the play-offs than the relegation zone.”

“It would have sounded like all United, the ref must have had them down for an away win by the decisions he was making for them but giving us nothing.
We had a fantastic game against a team of actors and their time wasting towards the end of the game soon stopped when we went one up.”

” the ref was atrocious. his decisions were made far worse by the play-acting and feigning injury by the Sheff U players, especially the northern monkey that hurt himself trying to do Dack as he went up the line, only to end up off the pitch, he then cynically crawled onto the pitch and stopped play.”

“Great atmosphere from the start. Good confident display with only one dodgy period in the middle of the first half. Strong finish and not really a huge surprise when we got the late goal. The second was just the icing on the cake.”

“Egan was a rock that Sheffield Utd couldn’t get past.”

“An absolutely fantastic result against a massive side who can afford splash out £2m on a single player.”

“Fuck you Clough, and fuck your team of cheats.”

“Fantastic result as our home record against the blades is pretty much rubbish, a couple of times I did wonder if their players legs were made of jelly as they struggled to stay upright”

“(To A blades fan saying the result was a disgrace) Sensationalist rubbish. Ideas well above your station if you think that’s a disgraceful result. You should be used to being nothing special in League One by now.An entertaining game which could have gone either way. Sheff Utd are another team of cynical cheats though not as bad as Oldham were, so it was satisfying to see them get what they deserved. Clough is yet another manager that spends all game whinging at the officials. Shame on him. Unfortunately referee Iain Williamson fell for United’s cheating time and time again in a very poor performance. Marquis and McDonald were the biggest victims of the ref’s bias towards United. Any time they went near a United player they were penalised.”

Pre-Match View From Gillingham

“Gills are back at home this Saturday as we take on Sheffield Utd.Utd are in the Play off zone and their last League result was a good 2-0 win against promotion rivals Swindon.They lost an FA Cup replay yesterday to Preston for a chance to play Man Utd at home.We`re unbeaten in 4 games in all competitions so confidence should be quite high.A point wouldn`t be bad against Sheffield Utd,and a win would be brilliant.
If we`re lucky we might have our new Manager before this game “

“Five weeks and still no sign of a permanent manager.
Still, the Gang of 4 seem to be keeping everything afloat.
Gills have been doing ok lately and playing nice attacking football at home. I’m punting for a Gillingham win
2-1 with Cody Mac to score one of them. “

“The one thing we can guarantee is that the Gills will not keep a clean sheet! 
GFC 1 Blades 2 “

“Mark Patterson says Gillingham’s four-man caretaker team have been unaffected by reports that Justin Edinburgh could be appointed as Gillingham Manager. “

“Looks like Justin Edinburgh is going to be the next Gills boss by the looks of it, really happy with that tbh! “

“Not sure what to expect from Sheff U, brilliant in the cups (until PNE the other night), not so consistent in the league. We’ve gone four without defeat at the moment, which is amazing considering our pre Christmas form. Hope for a win, settle for a draw. “

“A tough game against a decent side.I would take a point to keep our unbeaten run going.I guess the gang of four will still be in charge and for probably their last game. “

“Like most will take a point,
Hopefully we will put in a decent performance for Justin Edinburgh who will more than likely be in the stand watching his new team.”

“We can beat them.
3-1 gills. “

“Hopefully the manager situation won’t affect us to much, ( I reckon Edinburgh will be at the club by Saturday whether he will be in charge or not is another matter)
1-1 “

“If we can play in the manner that we have of late we can definitely get something out of this. “

“I cannot believe there is a manager of Gary Megson’s caliber on the market and he hasn’t been linked with job. “

“No, no, no, no, no
No charisma, no flair, no record of achievement – ask the fans of any club he’s ever managed. They’ll tell you he’s a disaster. “

“not sure if im missing a joke here but im not sure why megson is such a bad suggestion. 2 promotioms to the premier league. a number of seasons of survival in the premiership is surely a pretty good calibure of a manager for a club like us? “

“Megson is Useless. Can’t stand the twerp. “

VIEW FROM PRESTON

Blades 1-3 Preston 

“I’m lost for fucking words! GET THE FUCK IN!”

“Jay MCEveley is still the worst player ever.”

“That’s what happens when you attack teams! “

“Woods was outstanding. Stopped JCR taking us apart again.”

“Players right at it from minute 1 and would have been so easy to fold after being undeservedly behind at the break, have to admit I had dropped my head!
Fans were terrific and got their just rewards!”

“Just on the way back now on the coach, with a smile wider than Ched Evans victim list.

“The fans were fantastic!! There will be a lot of sore throats tonight/tomorrow, including my own.”
My in law sheff U fans said that it’s hard to get anything from an intimidating Bramhall Lane and that we’ll do well to come away with a win. Good for confidence and in case we happen to meet them in the playoffs.”

“The other team wanting to play proper football, that was the difference.
Sheffield UTD, couldnt sit back because they were at home they left themselves open and we picked them off with ease, like we have done against other teams that have tried playing football against us this season.
A little bit of luck too made the different”

“It was nothing to do with Sheffield playing football – we didn’t allow them to play. Woods at left back was a great decision, maybe influenced by how he handled Campbell Ryce in the league game. “

“They didn’t play football though, they were dreadful – but (at least in my view) they were dreadful because we stopped them playing. Tonight was how to play one up front and make it work.”

“I think they thought that they had to just turn up to win.”

“My father and brother in law are massive sheff U fans and you could see how physically sick they were when the goals went in, needless to say its a quiet house now apart from me”

“That second half was as good as anything I’ve seen from a Grayson side”

“Beating a major play off rival soundly 3-1 must give us a huge boost of confidence.”

“Blimey, never saw that coming well done.”

“This performance against quality opposition away from home is rather special – gutsy and determined”