Pre-Match View From Chesterfield

“Thick Deedars getting mardy (over that Tevez billboard). They still get wound up over the Tevez thing, when in fact all they had to do to stay up was beat Wigan at home, and even if Tevez hadn’t scored on the last day and West Ham had drawn, Sheff U would have still been relegated cos they lost to Wigan “

“Fantastic….that’ll make them bleat even more”

“good photo opportunity for after our victory on saturday”

“It appears Carlsberg do do Billboards”

“What I didn’t understand about the “Tevez Affair” is that Javier MAschereno also played in the same game and had the same agent and deal as well.
West Ham should have been stripped of all points that they got whilst using both players that season. “

“Tevez is vilified more than Mascherano as he scored the goal that (in theory) relegated them. I also remember Sir Trevor being part of the investigation…hardly going to sanction his own club so heavily, was he? It was a farce from the start. “

“Also the fact that Mascherano barely played whilst he was there and only lasted half a season. He made 5 starts and a couple of sub appearances before leaving in January to join Liverpool on loan so wasnt even a West Ham player when it all really kicked off at the end of the season after the Blunts had gone down. “

“The point I can never quote get across to the Clowns is .
IFTevez hadn’t scored at Trafford …and the game had finished 0-0 …Sheffield United would still have got relegated and WHU stayed up
Ultimately Rob Styles relegated Sheff Utd on the opening day of the season for awarding a penalty for Chris Morgan’s “quote ” intention to foul Stevie Gerrard”

“However you dress it up he was inelligible to play.”

“The relevant compensation ( deemed necessary by some **** who in his own admission has never seen a game of football you do realise ? )…. has been paid
Nonetheless Sheff Utd are languishing one division above the basement of English Professional football . West Ham United aren’t “

“Funny seeing some of the Blunts trying to make out it wasnt a big deal…we know for a fact at the time they were bleating about it. That said at the end of the day it wasnt Tevez scoring that sent them down…all they had to do was not lose at home to Wigan who were also near the bottom yet they managed to fail to even do that!”

“Fully expect us to get hammered on Saturday with Banks and Gardener playing – praying Drew and SEB are fit so we don’t have to make do at RB and play Armand up top.
Looking froward to a day in Sheffield, suffice to say the match may ruin it! “

“Fully expect to lose this one. Not gonna bother, it only seems like the other week we were playing there before.”

“I think that we’re going to lose at Sheff Utd. Lets face it, the only reason we won against Barnsley is because they were rubbish in the second half. Our midfield with Banks in it isn’t good enough and we will be easily dominated as Sheff Utd are usually strong at home. We need signings asap, hopefully one will be done before tomorrows deadline. “
“I want to believe but realistically we won’t win.”

“ So far we’ve beaten an outfit most expected us to lose to, and lost to an outfit most expected us to beat.
And don’t forget that the Blunts will be under all sorts of pressure after their four-nil hammering last week. “

“ Can’t see us taking 2000. A lot of negativity flying about but still piss poor to say it’s 15 mins down road , in my opinion anyway.”

“The opening two games have seen us winning plenty of corners but still not really any greater threat than last year. If the style of play is going to mean we get corners then we need to convert more.
Last night we were defending corners using a zonal system with no one up field. Not sure if it was the same on Saturday. I’m not a great fan of zonal marking but given how abject we were defending corners last season perhaps it will work.”

“We scored from a corner against Barnsley.
Re. defending them, I hate having everyone back. I really don’t understand the logic. If you leave someone up then the opposition has to keep an extra man back so… what’s the point in having everyone back? There is zero chance of retaining possession up the field after a cleared ball if you’ve got nobody up there but both Cook and Saunders do/did this so there must be logic somewhere…”

View From Morecambe

Morecambe 0-1 Blades

“Sheff Utd have good cup pedigree in the last 2 years but it looks like it cost them in the league, the manager must be under huge pressure to get them up this year “

“good game of football. Their keeper looked dodgy”

“Gutted.
We battered them. Absolutely played them off the park.”

“Sheff United 21 attempts Morecambe 13 attempts…. Doesn’t sound like we battered them to be honest “

“We were by far and away the better team.
With a bit more help from the dodgy liner on the North Terrace side (who was a spitting image of Carl Baker) we’d be in Round 2 now. “}}

“We more than matched them and I’d say we created more and better chances. Who collates the BBC stats? Great game to watch, some great football from us. Very unlucky and cruel on us at end. We need to be more clinical in front of goal, as we were in pre-season, but if we continue to perform like we do, some team is going to get a hammering. “

“Played some neat football but we didn’t take our chances when on top. In the second half they came into it, but created little other than their goal. Another disappointing result in a cup but far from a disgrace.”

“At times we were exceptional tonight, I thought Devitt was superb in the first half and we played some fantastic football. But we are not taking our chances, and players seem afraid to shoot, always looking for that extra pass.
Losing Wildig was a huge turning point in the game, though they did come out much stronger second half. “

“Gutted ! Brilliant team performance again but all means nothing if we can’t take our chances. Devitts being the worst in the final 6 minutes shouldn’t be passing the ball that close in on goal ! “

“If thats the standered of football in leage 1, We have nothing to fear next season after promotion.”

“ I got talking to some Sheffield United fans whilst walking home.
They were furious at their teams performance tonight. “

“We had more ball than at Hartlepool but failed to create really telling chances despite looking good on the ball again. We more than deserved extra time though”

Birmingham and Huddersfield fans views on David Edgar

Birmingham Fans

“He’s Championship standard anyway.
Unless he wants to play midfield still”

“ GR does not seem to favour Edgar either as a defender or midfield player. We would seem to be lacking a player ourseleves who GR might want, who can cover both centre back and defensive midfield options, so if it frees up some “wages” and a place in the squad and we can quickly move in for a replacement then why not? “

“unless we sign somebody, makes no sense. In fact I’d still say we need an additional centre-half even with Edgar on board.”

“I am still a fan of Edgar. With Spector slipping up in pre-season, I think that Edgar will play a crucial part this season if he remains fit. Despite not being at the peak of his game for the Blues’, he is certainly a talent. Not as good a signing as I had hoped unfortunately.”

“I would like to see Edgar play more”

“Edgar was solid until the Bournemouth disaster”

“He’s finished at The Blues. Bad egg I think”

“Wouldn’t mind seeing Edgar partnering Morrison”

“I still think Edgar and Morrison would make a great CB partnership”

“Quite surprising he has had to drop down a league.
Wasn’t overly excited when he signed, however was a solid player at the back for us IMO. “

“No surprise, face doesn’t fit. “

“No recall option either so that’s his Blues career over. “

Huddersfield Fans

“In the games he played you he has done what was asked.”

“defending Edgar is just plain blind faith – he is not good enough”

“did we ask him to miss headers, miss place passes every single time, miss tackles, miss open goals and be generally crap. If so , job done.”

“David Edgar did what was asked,battle, “

“Appeared in midfield away from home in 5 games
Won 2 (Millwall and Wigan)
Drawn 2 (Bournemouth and Wed)
Lost 1 at Brentford.
8 points from a possible 15 is an excellent return in his midfield starts given we have 18 from a possible 60 all season.
The team seems to get results with apparently the world’s worst footballer in midfield”

“Edgar is a chuffing centre back not a holding midfielder, as crap as he is in that role it really isnt his fault, Its powell for being so stubborn”

“I dont know what Edgar earns (not a lot I hope) but I suspect there were better loan players available. “

“I think edgar is a very limited midfielder. It doesn’t help that he stands about five yards off the centre backs, which is stupid when the opposition only have 1 striker”
“I dont think he’s even good enough as a midfielder to be described as a limited one. It would suggest he is in some shape, way or form a midfielder. “

“He’s garbage”

“ He’s wasn’t outstanding or noticeably better than what we had (arguably, noticeably much worse)”

“he’s shockingly awful. “

“Hope this guy never puts on a town shirt again! “

“I wouldn’t say he’s a bad option to have in the squad.”

“Hes had one or two decent games I suppose but not sure hes the sort of standard we should be looking for.
Id hope for better, or at least a different player that might be better.
Edgar to me is a bang average League 1 standard player at best who wouldn’t look out of place in L2 . He can do ‘a job’ but at the same time hes one of those players who lacks so much actual skill, touch and ability that you wonder how he ever made the grade as a pro in the first place. ‘kicking the ball properly ‘ is often beyond his capabilities.”

View From Gillingham

 

Gillingham 4-0 Blades

 

“4-0 flattered them”

“Sean Bean, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jeremy Clarkson, Sir Michael Parkinson, Darren Gough, Lord Coe are you listening? Your Yorkshire boys took a hell of a beating today!
Coming down to earth for a moment. What is a typical Gills start to a new season? Played 3, won 1, drawn 1, lost 1.
That is why I milk every great moment like today! Who needs McDonald? “

“Thought Parkinson supports Barnsley…..and Sebastian Coe is Chelsea”

“But fair play, they are all from Yorkshire.
Anyone know any celeb Sheff U fans?They are probably all hiding right now
Might pop onto a sheff U fans forum for a look, anyone know best ones to check out? “

“there were a number of blades fans who waited and clapped every one of our players off the pitch – felt that was a nice gesture and showed they also knew we had played them off the park. “

“You know you have done something special when a good number of Blade fans hang around to clap our boys off the pitch. “

“They’ve been in this league for 5 or 6 seasons, so I didn’t see any arrogant or derogatory comments pre-game. “

“I hereby demand that they give us back our title – “That pub team”. “

“To be honest if we want to get out of this league we need to beat rubbish like this
How does it feel Blades? “

“I’ve never met a nicer bunch of fans. Went for a drink after and to a man they were fulsome in their praise for GFC. They said we wanted it more and looked like a side that cost millions. The Blades cost millions, we begged stole and borrowed. It was of course only one match but what a match. “

“Spoke to a blades fan who was full of praise and said we had a really good side full of pace that will do well in this league. “

“I know we’re having a bit of fun on here with the comments from previous meetings, but it should be noted that they applauded Dack’s goal as well as staying behind to clap us off the pitch.
Very decent of them. “

“I think they just wanted to cheer for a goal. “

“Came across a few drunk lads near Gillingham Green, was expecting the worst… only to get a congratulations, best wishes and they went off on their merry way “

“Agreed they were generally very sporting towards us, but I was shocked at how early they got on the backs of their own team.
The venom and abuse given to the keeper and defence 10 minutes into the game didn’t help at all. I’ll admit their players were abysmal but it was an object lesson in how not to assist your own team. “

“Yeah, it helped us that one of their defenders gave their goalie an absolute XXXXXX after the first goal though. He needed an arm round the shoulder and a quiet word in his ear. “

“Like every club, they have their share of good fans, as well as their share of XXXXXXs.
Drank with some decent fans from their end both pre and post match, but it is the first time I have ever seen an opposing fan attack Gilla fans with a flip flop after the match!
The Sheff Utd fans we spoke with on the train home were banging on about Dack. Am glad they missed the masterclass from Osadebe, as well Dickenson’s best game for the club. “

“As the Owls cruise past last seasons pub league champions
The Blunts get thrashed by some pub league no hopers!
Hahahahahah” “

“Big name players such as Billy Sharp were expected to terrorise us yesterday but Jed is building something special here and we have sent out a strong messege of intent based on that performance.
Money doesn’t always guarantee success. “

“I would have been content with a point against the favourites for the League,but this was a result that no one would have expected “

“outstanding performance against the favourites to win the league. Our keeper never had a shot to save, and with players like Cody, Loft, Garmston and Ehmer not in the side, I fancy us for an exciting season. As for Sheff U, bloody awful. Feel sorry for their fans who had to put up with that rubbish. “

“The first goal looked very poor from Sheffield’s point of view. It looked to me like Long punched the ball into his own net though I couldn’t have been much further away. Other reports suggest he completely missed the ball and Norris got the all important touch from the throw in. It’s hard to tell if Long got more stick from us or his own fans during the game!
Oshilaja’s goal from another cross which caused havoc in the United box gave us a buffer at half time.
Third goal from a corner – free header from Egan. Great to get a clean sheet and a goal each for our centre halves and at least one assist for the full backs each.
Fourth goal was sublime – bit of teasing in the corner playing keep ball taking the piss out of United and then Dack curls in a worldie after some showboating. Especially pleasing given we normally make ourselves look stupid trying to run down the clock. Dack could very easily bring our highest transfer fee if he keeps up his form since Xmas (since he started regularly). “
“To be fair to Sheffield, I think we would have beaten any team in this division today with that performance.
The pace and intensity was quite un-Gills like. “

“Sheffield Utd looked like a lower league team to me, and after we went 3-0 up it looked like we were going to score every time we attacked!
I’d have settled for a draw before the game, as some our strongest players weren’t playing; Cody, Loft, Ehmer, Garmston etc, not realising of course how poor the opposition were going to be. Feel sorry for their fans who travelled. “

“Was very surprised by Sheff Utd as I will admit I was fearing a bit of a hiding but we were the ones that dished it out. Their goalkeeper was not one of the better ones I’ve seen shall we say.”

“Did not expect this, worrying for Sheffield Utd and Adkins “

“Simply put, we were too powerful. We ran harder, jumped higher, challenged more strongly and United just couldn’t deal with it. “

“Sheffield United looked horribly unbalanced in the first half. The keeper though, as bad performance as I’ve seen. 3 set piece goals for Gillingham mind”

“Who is that dreadful co-commentator on Radio Sheffield, someone Edwards? What a total arse. We’ll be no better than mid-table? Dream on sonny. “

“Sheffield United are utter fucking gash. “

Pre-Match View From Gillingham

“Couldn’t really have got much of a tougher game to start with but we beat them with ease last season so a win for us isn’t out of the question. “

“Sheffield played a shocker last season and can’t be as bad again. “

“Probably the toughest start we could have.Loft,Morris,& Cody are doubts.I would be happy to start with a point.”

“ I am wary of the Adkins factor and also Billy Sharp for Sheff Utd. But we’ve made some decent additions as well, so I will go for a 1-1.
I see they’re bringing close to 2000 down, always like to see a big away contingent so should be a good atmosphere. “

“Will be a big test for sure, but a great game to have first up. Beat them relatively comfortably last season despite leaving it late, but I’d probably take a draw if offered now. “

“Basically sold out their initial allocation of 1400. They’ve requested an additional 500, which is the maximum they will receive (1900).
Seen a few good comments from their fans about the decent price of a ticket (£15) which is good.
Not sure if the demand would be there from them to take even more than that but i’d imagine it probably would be for first game of season where they have high hopes of promotion this year. Surprised we don’t just give them as much as they want though and move the 100 Townenders into the corner / Gordon Road as usual.
The extra money would no doubt be much appreciated if we got an extra 500 in on top of the 1900.
If they sell out the full 1900, i’d urge scally to consider sending another batch up or making 1000 tickets on sale on the day or something.
Should be a good atmosphere anyway! “

“Let’s hope we p!ss on their bonfire then! “

“Nigel Adkins is really talking up their form this season.
Unlike us they have been banging goals in for fun in the friendlies so really hope we can knock the grin off his face next Saturday.
Bring it on! “

“Sheff Utd will feel under a lot of pressure this season as arguably the only ‘big’ club in Lge 1; last year they didn’t react well when things started to go against them in the game; the more fans they bring (and I agree we should offer more tickets) the more they will feel it; they won’t fancy coming here first up; expect a few yellow cards; and if we can be solid at the back I think we’ll win as they fold up late in the game
1-0 with a penalty (but no idea who will take it!!) “

“I’ve tipped them to win the league this year. I think every year they’re favourites but ultimately end up not quite being good enough. I reckon this year they will finally get it together though. I’m working on the principle that the money they can throw at it is bound to do the job eventually, particularly when comparing against the funds that other clubs in the league will be able to afford this year.”

“roll on Saturday 3 points in the bag”

“Would be great to turn them over but I feel a draw is probably the best we will get. Just remember how their gracious fans refer to us as “That pub team”. “

“I’m not feeling particularly optimistic and have been psyched out by my XXXXXXty Sheff U supporting mate who refers to us as The Dog & Duck! “
“2-0 Gills with Sheffield diving, cheating and time wasting at 0-0 only to totally panic and implode when we score with 10 minutes to go. Oh hang on, that was last season
This season ……
As above”

“We’ll play extremely well for a 2-2 draw against the future champions.”

“0-1 as it looks as though at best McDonald will be half fit.
Still very optimistic for the season as a whole. This is probably our toughest home match and it will be good to get it out of the way. “

“I would 100% take a bore draw right now. “

“One apiece. We’re stage struck and concede early. They think they’re going to boss it but don’t quite. We get a penalty with five minutes to go. Cue Blades outrage”

“Sheff United to finish play offs at best. I know they’ve signed Sharp, Sammon and Woolford but for me none of these will be among the top scorers in LG1 this year. Baxters suspended which is also a bonus.”

“A score draw, the Blades being outraged that they couldn’t beat “trash like Gillingham”.”

“I would love to put one over on them for no bigger reason than their fans being such obnoxious XXXXXXs.
They really, really think this league is beneath them. “

“We tend to make the big boys pay when they don’t show us respect but Adkins is no mug and they seem to finally justify the promotion favourite tag.”

“ this one we’ll nick as Sheff complacent and looked mentally fragile last season when challenged. Expect several yellow cards “

“3-1 defeat. A Che Adams hat trick for the Blades acting as a decent consolation given I’ve got him for the top goal scorer in L1 at 50/1.”

“ Sheff Utd fan-“I honestly think we’ll smash Gillingham three or four nil and be top from day 1 right through to May.” “

“To be fair, most of the Blades thought he was barmy, several referred to our form in the second half of last season, and two had us down as this year’s surprise package “

“They are probably even higher than milwall’s budget, and able to offer players huge amounts. I for one would be really XXXXXXed off if we had budget twice the size of a team and we weren’t beating them regularly. “
“To be fair to this Sheffield team, last season they were a total bunch of pussys and spent most of the game rolling around on the floor
I expect Adkins team to be more positive. “
“Does anyone recall being on the coach that had its windows smashed travelling through Sheffield City centre on the way back from the Sabella inflicted 4-0 defeat in our first match with Utd back in 1979!
It capped a poor day we ended up near Rotherham getting our Coach Windows fixed.
I still recall a fat Sheffield hooligan throwing something at our Coach window that day,can I mention a notorious Sheffield road sign as well!
At least we beat them 4-2 in the home fixture and I am sure Sheffields two goals that day were own goals,one was definitely scored by Peter Shaw!
Also I remember the Steve Bruce inspired 3-0 home victory against Utd and Jason Lillis’s goal in a 2-1 victory when I thought he was going to run around Gillingham town centre in celebration!”

Derby Fans View On Conor Sammon

“Time to move on, can’t fault his attitude though. No puns please, I won’t take the bait.”

“He really needs to find a club that will play him and he can settle at. Good luck Conor.”

“I love the effort, the physicality, the fitness, the determination…but how he ever got a contract as a professional footballer is beyond me. Could he make centre half? Good bye and good luck. “

“Not really a surprise, amazed that the blades have taken him given he flopped at Ipswich and Rotherham but maybe a drop down a league will help. “

“Sammon is an athlete who can play a bit, and has made a career through having a fantastic attitude.
I wish him all the best – he’d be suited at a club who play percentage balls for him to chase down.”

“Such a team player…best of luck to him. “

“About time!!
This move is make or break for him really needs to make an impression an do well. To save his career I’d say league one is his level should be looking to get double figures, will be interesting to see if him and sharp r first choice could work well. “

“Good news for all involved. We get him out of our hair, he gets game time and a chance to resurrect his career while Sheffield United get an internationally capped striker with Premier League experience.
He might be absolutely dire but I hope he does well and earns himself a deal at the end of the season. Would never begrudge the guy a career just as long as he’s not on our books”

“he may not have the best end product but his work ethic would surely create something for our midfielders to score some! “

“He’s a top fella, down to earth and when I spoke to him he really liked derby and even though the stick he gets he still tries his hardest, he isn’t the greatest but no need for any stick, good luck to him! “

“Some fans are too hard on him. Yes he isn’t great but he’s a professional. He still puts in a shift whenever asked upon him and I expect he’s fully aware that he’s become more of a ‘laughing stock’ at the club yet still gives his all.I think he’d score a few at a lower level, maybe League One. He was doing alright in Scotland before he came here, so perhaps he could return there. Rangers maybe? Anyway good luck to him.”

“He’s just need games time and don’t think he’d get that much here this season coming up anyway, he’s a honest pro who try his best for the team so good luck Sammo “

“I personally think he’s just not at this standard ! Lower league 1 maybe even league 2 he might do well , his determination and desire might see him through”

  “Just a loan? Damn.”
“With the right type of players up front with him, he could be an asset. Does a lot of unselfish work, and I would have thought he could do a job for a newly promoted team to the Championship, or any team that struggled last year and has mid-table as a target for the coming season.  Will not score many goals, we all know that, but by creating space and tying up one central defender he does give nippy players opportunities to exploit.  I hope he settles and does well.”

“ Even without Clough they are taking our rejects”

“Good move for him, though I’m not sure their fans are likely to cut him much slack if he doesn’t suddenly start banging them in. “

“Good luck Sammo, just not good enough. Not his fault though. “

“Sammo and Sharp to tear League One. SCENES. “

“Decent move for him to be fair. I was thinking League One but not as high as Sheffield United.”

“good luck to him, at best it’s about 2 divisions higher than he should be, at worst, it’s still the wrong sport. “

“Sammon can well work in a team that uses him correctly, he gets into promising positions and is an exemplary hard worker.  Hope he does well at his new club and that the coaching staff there have him practicing finishing.  We Derby fans won’t forget him anytime soon, he certainly is a special one.  i have been too hard on him in the past, i would much rather have the likes of him a player that tries his best always than some lazy arsed star in his own mind type.  Good luck to him.”

“Good luck to him. Can’t fault his character, just his finishing. “

“best of luck to him, never lacked effort, sadly that’s not enough for where we want to be, can’t say he’ll score a hatful for them but he’ll roll his sleeves up and put a shift in.”

“Good luck to the fella. Got too much stick to be fair. Massively guilty of it myself. Took my Clough anger out on him. Not his fault a poor manager paid crazy money for a poor player.”

  “Holy smoke, SU fans stating there new strike partnership is the new SAS “

“We wish you well Connor. We hope that you do a good job there. We know that you are a hard worker. “

“Connor could be a very good player for Sheffield United.”

“Sammon is a team player always gave 100 per cent for the Rams,i can understand his need for regular game time and wish him well”