VIEW FROM ROCHDALE

Rochdale 1-2 Blades

 

“very disappointed with the Blades. Long ball rubbish.”

“Says it all when they’ve paid our seasons budget on one right back.”

“Didn’t deserve that, a keeper cock up lost us that. Very disappointed in with Sheff U, nothing special just hoofers. At least
Done didn’t score.”

“Very little football from the away side it was all played by us. We conceded to a very nice first goal. Second could of killed
us, horrific goalkeeping, but we kept on going. Didn’t deserve to lose.”

“All they did was hoof tonight. We weren’t great by any stretch of the imagination but we were the better side on the night and
ultimately lost to a piece of horrific goalkeeping.
Still only one team to actually come to us and outplay us completely on the day, that team was Donny.”

“Sad fact is over 90 minutes theyre still hardly better than us, when they’ve spent 1.5 mill on a RB and nicked our top scorer
too. Money talks for sure but they were bang average at best tonight, great first goal, calamity second.”

“Well done for beating the smallest team in L1 and doing the double on us, bet you’re so proud.”

“if they sold 1700 tickets before the game, plus some pay on the day, they easily brought more than the home crowd tonight. “

“Sheff U were far better than us in most departments.”

“Shambolic performance by Dale. “

“No shame in losing tonight, just frustration in losing to that goal”

“Maybe the goalie cost us a point? Who knows had we equalised – would Sheff Utd have gone for the win instead of wasting time.”

“Was obvious we would lose today”

“Can’t afford square pegs in round holes against teams with the quality we witnessed tonight.”

“We sold United our best player, showing zero ambition. Why would your regular armchair fan go to the Dale, to watch a team with
little ambition and pay up to £20 for the privilege, when they can watch the Champions League for free and have a good laugh at
the same time?”

“Done got a good reception. Then got a little bit of abuse from some for his constant fouling.”

“expected better from a team that cost so much, I’m not wrong to expect a ‘big fish’ in this league to come and try and play football against us, they closed us down well and made it pretty difficult for us going forward, just expected better all round from them though and was disappointed.”

“Dones departure seems to have deflated the supporters and there was a subdued atmosphere today, the team also looked flat.”

“It was flat, the whole game was in fact. Neither team played at a tempo or created much.”

“It wouldn’t have been the first time a team that didn’t deserve it could’ve snatched a point tonight – could easily have happened. Yes, we’re not going to match clubs like Sheff Utd in the longer term but just think of all the struggles we’ve had over the years – this season is like paradise compared to those years! “

“With the players they have at their disposal, bypassing a midfield that has that much quality is criminal.”

Pre-Match View From Rochdale

1200 tickets sold – at least we shouldn’t have the embarrassment of being outnumbered at home! Man City v Barcelona on ITV so we
wont have any casual fans coming tomorrow. Real shame the original date clashed with FA Cup 4th round weekend where we could have
expected 7000ish.”

“I have heard this morning, off one of my Shef Utd supporting mates, that Doney has a suspected fractured wrist.”

“Only until Wednesday”

“Must have done it when picking his pay cheque up”

“”You could see on highlights one chance he missed as the ball is cleared he is bent over in pain. Played on during the game and
set up the equaliser though. I fractured my wrist years ago and played with a lightweight cast on it. Cant see it stopping Done
playing tomorrow as long as its just a basic fracture.”

“Done was £450k extremely well spent. Can’t seem them finishing outside the playoffs now.”

“To be honest, they would have finished in the top six with or without him.”

“Imagine they’ll all be saying what a bargain they’ve got! Worth over a million already I presume! They’ve improved him so much
as a player in 3 games. Never mind – at least we’ve got a chance of a few more quid in the pot when he takes them up (bloody
single handedly at the minute).”

“He was clearly worth that before the transfer, no wonder he was offered silly wage increases they’ve saved that on the transfer
fee alone”

“No Probs, Daws will break the Judas’s legs in the first minute.”

“Judas? Get a grip ffs. How can you stop a player who’s been probably seen his wage at least doubled be a Judas? Get over it.
What would’ve you done in that situation, said no?”

“It’s football pal, he’s gone to the other side. He’s the enemy now. Get over it.”

“Exactly, it’s football – a sport – not a f*cking war”

“I hope Done gets a hat-trick if we get four.”

“Letting him go was the biggest mistake in the clubs modern history. Disgraceful.”

“Calling him Judas is utterly ridiculous. There isn’t a genuine Dale fan anywhere who wouldn’t wish him well. “

“I’ve just finished writing Sheffield United’s pen pics
. Every player they’ve bought in the last couple of years has been ‘undisclosed’.”

“Do they have a closet instead of a dressing room?”

“Done is disappointingly predictable in the shallow world of football. If he turns up at Spotland he’ll get grief, for letting
himself down.”

“Rochdale sold Ricky Lambert to Brizzle Rovers who were in direct playoff spot competition with us.
He went on to gain them promotion via the playoffs.
He then went on to sign for Southampton and help them towards the Premiership
He then went on to get his first touch as an England player and score the winner v Scotland.
He then went onto signing for Liverpool
He then got on a plane, flew to Brazil and played for England v Italy
Matt Done has scored 4 goals in L1 for Sheff U.
Go Compare.”

“I really enjoyed watching Done, he was part of the senior team. He could have waited until he’d given it a go with Hendo and
Vince and co until the end of the season. I’m disappointed he decided to go for the break now. Difficult decision I know, but
still I’m a Dale fan, so I think its a shame he cut and ran now. Done leaving hurts, I think he could have stuck with it. He was
going nowhere when we rescued him……
It’s frustrating we don’t know how much we got for him. If we knew, I’d maybe understand.
It’s the timing that gets me, and the fact he’s going well now. He doesn’t need my best wishes, his bank account gives him the
satisfaction he needs. I’ll boo him next Tuesday. For bailing early. He’ll be the adversary, the opposition. “

“We will lose to Sheff Utd on Tues I’m afraid. Matt Done will score. Deep down we all know this will happen.”

“you can forget sell on fees. If the Blades go up and he is still banging them in, why would they want to sell one of their top
strikers? Unless they offloaded him to the Wendies for a pound down and a penny a week, to help them in their promotion push.”

“At least we’ll have a new song to sing next Tues
“Done, Done will tear us apart ,for them”
“Done, Done will tear us apart, for them””

“Whether we care to admit it or not, Matt Done has bettered himself both professionally and financially by moving to Bramall
Lane. “

“I’d be very surprised if Matt Done plays”

“I wouldn’t. He is in scorching form and any “gentleman’s agreement” will be negated by Nigel Clough being a prize nob! Unless
such an agreement was made at a higher level I can’t see any way he won’t line up against us”

“Gut feeling tells me Clough would honour any agreement”

“Sheff Utd have paid (500k rumoured)for Done and still could get automatic promotion. Besides we need them to go up to get more
cash in the pot so best he scores to help their cause.”

“Glad he’s doing well , seems like a nice lad. Thing is, it’s incredibly important that he hit the ground running or else he
could have easily been plucking splinters out of his arse and tbh he may still have to get used to doing that if he dries up –
those massive clubs over the border are fickle bunch at the best of times.”

“Its the stuff of dreams for Matt Done. 4 games, 4 goals and scoring the winning goals away at Bristol City and Notts County. If
they had bought Aguero for 50 million they might have expected a start like that! Brilliant move for him – he is flying at the
minute. Nigel Clough must think all his Christmas’s have come at once.”

” I’m pleased Done is doing so well, especially after reading some of the derogatory comments on one of their boards when they
signed him. “

“It’ll be very disappointing if he does get booed
And Chris Basham better get a welcome back if Done does. He did contribute a little bit more than David Buchanan.”

“Yeah, but Basham’s nobody’s matey”

“I don’t believe for a second that Blades slammed down 400K considering the money they’ve got it could of been our record
transfer fee broken by a stone mile because it’s “undisclosed” we’ll never know”

“I feel it was not close to £500k , thats why it was undisclosed, record steal maybe!”

“Personally speaking, I believe Matt Done was worth more than £500,000 more like £750,000 with add ons, only going off other
known amounts in the crazy world of football transfers, even in the bottom two leagues, of the glorious football league.”

“Keith in his post match interview after Chesterfield was going on about Matt Done again. It’s still a hot, raw, topic and to me
it really shows he reads this message board in order to get the fan’s vibe.”

“Just heard him say “If we want to keep the Matty Done’s of this world and challenge for the play offs we need a rich benefactor
to put in 2 million per season” blimey! Done is on good wages at Sheff Utd!”

“In Dale Player interview:
Keith said ” Matty Done wanted to leave and we couldn’t stand in his way of possibly becoming a millionaire”.
He went on to say ” Doney was like a son to me at times. I’ve been through a lot with Doney. I couldn’t seriously look him in the eye and say you’re not going”. “

VIEW FROM COVENTRY

Blades 2-2 Coventry

“Threw it away again. Not good enough”

“A point away at Sheff utd is a good result but when your 2 up against ten men and let it slip you deserve to be in the
relegation zone”

“Back from Sheffield feels like a defeat thought we played very well and deserved the win”

“Just tried changing my twitter password to ‘CoventryCitysDefence’ but I’ve been told it’s too weak!”

“Shows how bad it is when today’s performance was still one of the best this season”

“2-0 up against 10 men with 10 minutes to go…. Easy… wait this is Cov we are talking about #fail”

“Former midfielder Michael Doyle said: “Coventry were passing us off the park and then they got a bit giddy.” “

“Seeing some say we’d have taken a point before. All things being equal then yes but not against 10 men for 70 mins and 2 up”

“I bloody hate, and I mean hate ,our fecking manager.
we were playing against ten men and he’s still proud of them.
Get that twat out of my club”

“You go 2 – 0 up and suddenly the players start stroking the ball around – 20 to 25 passes in total control . The fans are
cheering every time we pass . Totally in control.
What followed was a total capitulation. Unacceptable.”

“People still defending Pressley are either on the wind up or have mental problems.”

“Any manager that cant stop his team vs 10 men in the last 10 mins is not good enough. He should have brought different players
on and not invited pressure the way he did. Still had we been 2-0 down I for one would be pleased with the result.”

“In his post match chat he actually said it can be difficult to play against 10 men!!!!!!! Is it more difficult to play against
10 or 11?”

“We were great today. If you look at the game without an agenda, we totally dominated a team in the top six before and after they
were reduced to ten men.I thought the crowd had a big effect on the game. The ref gave them everything and us nothing.”

“What are you on about? The ref reduced them to 10 men.”

“Yes for a deserved red card. Thereafter he gave us nothing, and them every fifty fifty challenge.”

“I don’t see many people being unhappy about losing a 2-0 lead against ten men as hiding behind an agenda.”

“we were in total control. still probing for a third, solid at the back, even getting the rub of the ball. there wwas no way they
were gonna get back into it.
And then bang bang. Three mistakes, two goals.”

“He should go. The players didn’t look like they wanted to win. Attempting silly passes rather than going for the jugular. How
can 11 look so outnumbered?”

“7 wins out of 31. Sickening. Fuck this. I was going to go in to work and do overtime tomorrow but I’m having a beer. Fuck off.”

“Against 10 men. Shows how poor we are. Disgrace. Complete and utter disgrace.”

“Went for a shit and next thing it was 2-2. WTF”

“I used to wonder why my dad would laugh when we threw away leads or lost to shite teams, I understand now as I find myself doing
the same.”

“Please someone ask that twat why he made changes at 2-0 up against ten men.”

“We played 70 mins against 10 men, were 2-0 up. And then drew 2-2.
What a joke.”

“I guess if you would have offered us a point at the start of the day then we would have all taken that but after 2-0 up and
against 10 men and the other team beating the top tier teams, it is mentally damaging and I am not sure how he picks the players
up from that.”

“Pressley is a fucking dickhead is how polite i feel about it.”

“CWR said we were lucky to get a point, could have been a couple more in the second half.”

“well the blades fans are happy on twitter by all accounts we cheated, time wasted and were generally a disgrace to football”

Pre-Match View From Coventry


“ I think we are in serious danger of relegation. Why ? We are not winning. No other team in league 1 has only one win . Can’t win at home . “

“Our form is currently the worst in league 1.
With Pressley at the helm we are fucked. “

“It feels like a relegation season at the moment, only worse. “

“The way we’re playing, lack of attacking threat, shoddy defending etc, it certainly feels like we’re in the shite. Add to this we have the worst owners that have ever graced a football club. Then yep it’s not looking great. “

“I don’t think we are going to stop up and I can only see a struggle next year as well. “

“Over the last 10 games we are the only club in the whole of league 1 with only 1 win. “

“Another game, another loss. I don’t care anymore. “

“3-0. We’re shit. This may finally be the weekend we drop into the bottom four.”

“ Sold about 700 so far. Odelusi is back which (should) be a good thing. I feel we may play better against better sides (Preston) than relegation threatened sides (Scunthorpe). Not beyond the realms of possibility us getting a surprise result here.”

“Think we can get something out of this to be honest would be big points if we could. Always like Brammel Lane always a good atmosphere.”

“What on earth makes you think we can get something out of this? They have been on a great run in the league and beat Bristol City away last weekend. Plus we’re shit! “

“Probably the fact that they are only another league 1 team and an inconsistent one at that “
“Can’t believe 700 are going. Surprised it’s not less than 500. “

“Shaun Miller hasnt been given a chance”

“Cannot see us winning. Really cannot see us scoring. A lot depends on whether SP has successfully converted Odelusi and Samuel to non-goalscorers yet. I think we may score one or two but Sheffield will probably get two or three. “

“They will love tugay there ex sheff Wednesday player should be well motivated and will be booed a lot but hopefully not by the CCFC fans this time  “

“Heavy home win. And i think it will be SPs last game before the sack. “

 “As ever going to Sheffield is more about decent pubs and beer than football. “

“It will be by no means full but we will only have the lower tier I guess, which will be well populated…
Love it as an away day… great city, ground is close to the centre, and the lower tier is a carbon copy of the west terrace…. that Friday night game a couple of years ago with our last minute winner was awesome..!! “
“I remember that game well. Great Friday night game. I think kitson scored for them and Leon Clarke bagged a brace. I seem to remember who else but Connor Thomas missing a sitter in injury time to secure the victory quicker which really annoyed me at the time “

“We’ve got the upper tier. Looking forward to it. Always have a good /night up there. “

“1-1 would be a good result. “

“We are going but only because I want to go to Meadowhall before the game. “

“Be very surprised if we get anything there. “

“I think we’re down. We simply don’t have enough goals in the team, are suspect at the back & poor at home. “

“I agree, we are going down. We do not deserve to stay up.”

“even if things changed its to late, we have lost to many fans to be a big club again. “

“6 points against Sheffield utd & mk dons and we’ll be fine, had this feeling twice before “

“a point at Blades and a better show against MKD will help. “

“The Sky Blues have lost only one of their last seven league duels against Sheffield United.the Blades have proved on several occasions, they possess an obdurate streak,  “

“Remember that Sheff Utd game was the quarter final. Would have got Newcastle in the semi. We would have done ’em too “

“Had won 7 games on the bounce and then drew at home in the first game with Dublin at centre half and Moldovan up front with Huckerby – the pair of them barely got a kick. Although the Utd keeper (Alan Kelly I think) had a blinder. Couldn’t get to replay (thank God). It was a massive opportunity – convinced we would have beaten Newcastle and given Arsenal a game in the final. Hey ho “

“Was absolutely gutted with that game.
The worst was before the game, going along the wrong row to get to my seat in the next block(had too much to drink), when couldn’t get past one guy who had his head slumped down, said “excuse me mate” a couple of times(thought he might be worse for wear a bit like I was), but no joy, then realised something more serious was up, his son(I think), noticed and tried to rouse him, but his lips were blue and didn’t look like he was breathing.
Stewards were called over, then St Johns Ambulance guys came and got him and carried him away down the stairs. Think it was a heart attack and he died, but didn’t know that til after the game.
Obviously the game was gutting(will never forget Moldovan faking injury after that horrible miss and going off), but things a lot worse for that bloke and his family. “