“I’m a fan of Twardzik but Long is a class keeper. He looked really confident in the air, made some smart stops and just a generally top keeper I think.”
“Long looks decent”
“Long looks a good keeper, commanding and made a few cracking saves to keep us in it. Don’t think he had much chance with any of the goals.”
“Long looks promising”
“George Long is a cracking keeper on football manager!”
“Looks like George Long likes to command his box”
“Fair bit of experience behind him for a young keeper. Imagine he’ll have featured in some of Sheffield United’s big cup games prior to this season. “
“We needed a commanding goalie”
“Awful awful player has been caught out all afternoon.
Leave him on the M1 on the way home.
What wrong with Josh Thompson.
No show from any of our players today bar fonners and Danny. Surprise surprise.
McGahey though is c**p”
“Agreed he is a big donkey him and dugdale Jesus Christ we are fcking awful.”
“Is it fair to judge the lad after being thrown in to a new side a couple of days after signing. I thought he had been brought in as cover for Danny, but Danny played. Question is more about why was he put into the starting line up so soon after joining us.”
“No pace at all. Their strikers played off his shoulder comfortably all afternoon.”
“McGahey’s first appearance made Lairds debut horrorshow look merely ‘below par’…”
“McGahey to the bench next week”
“He was absolutely hopeless today! At fault for the 2nd goal for sure”
“He made a mistake that cost Tranmere the second, but it is only one game and maybe he will get better, but in relation to the other players, he wasn’t being helped to have a good game in all honesty, when hie teammates played well enough, (insert sarcasm here), to create 1 shot in the first half.”
Bristol City 1-3 Blades
“Great day for Preston! Sheff Utd have an outside shot at it now after today as well “
“We werent good at all but its a loss we can totally live with providing it doesnt signal a bad run. The table is still looking great from our point of view! “
“Ha, looking at the results our loss doesn’t seem so bad now”
“ Nice to see the glory fans leaving before the end… Shows the true fans”
“I know it wasnt our best performance,but god how many people leaving after 3rd goal.this city team have done us proud and are giving us our best season for ages.just think its poor and disrespectful that so many thought..’f### it im off now,”
“We’ve had a good run but today we were beaten by a side who played much better on the day.
Clough had done his homework and closed the good parts of our game down really well..
SU won just about every 50:50 ball and wanted it more today..
Their movement was far better than ours..
Despite us leading at half-time being honest we were poor throughout the first half and they looked the only team destined to win the game..
They took their chances well and we didn’t ..
The good news is we’ll quickly have the chance to put it right on Tuesday – well done to SU today, they deserved the three points but let’s quickly move on and focus back on the many positives! “
“Quality of opposition was much better today and they gave us a masterclass in passing and moving in the first half. We didn’t deserve anything.
They took their chances and we squandered ours, such as they were.”
“They were also clever enough to not jump with Smith ( outside the box) in the 2nd half.
They let him flick it on and just picked up the pieces.”
“ What’s the betting we get a five-minute slot on the FLS now we’ve lost at home? “
“Credit where credit is due,today sheff utd were excellent,first half was even stephens,second half they were by far the better side.
Made us look very ordinary.played the better football and dominated the play.
I went to Bramall lane first game of the season,wd won the gane,they have come on big time since then.
I say they hsve been the best side to play us at Ashton Gate so far this season.
I said we would finish top and them finish second,don’t discount them from doing it.
Today was always going to be a hard game,However we have a big lead over them at present.This should be too hard to catch up. “
“Agreed, best team I’ve seen at AG since MK.. Very surprised we have 20 more points than them. “
“The best team won and fair play to them,second half they were by far the better side.
Us very very poor,i hope just an offday.
I said us and sheff utd would be top two,do not under underestimate them. “
“ We made their number 19 looks like Franco Baresi, “
“Fair play Sheffield Utd……Gutted but wish them well for the rest of the season”
“Well done Sheffield Utd winning at the league leaders is no mean feat “
“Bit of a weird one that. Sheff Utd were a good team and it was a pretty even game, but I never really felt our goal was under pressure for any extended period and yet we conceded 3 goals!
Don’t think it was a bad performance, just they were clinical whereas we paid the price for missing several chances at 1-1 “
“These things happen, fair play to Sheffield United for punishing us and it will hopefully give our players a wake up call, always was going to be a tough game as United raise their game when they are underdogs. “
“We are perennially crap against Sheffield Utd”
“ well played Blades. You came with a game plan and executed it perfectly. “
“You have to say well done to Sheff Utd. Threw bodies in the way especially 2nd half.
First half it should have been 0-0 but we scored with our only decent chance.
Second half, we created much more but they also looked dangerous. Was their first goal offside?”
“Can tell why Sheff utd are good against the better sides to be fair, good counter attacking team. “
“Fair play blades. Got to say, what a day to lose! “
“I don’t think any team is going to win it easy, I would say that first is there for any of the top 3-4 to take, still a long way left and incredibly close, good luck to the blades though- biggest club in this division and should be in the championship “
“Knew it would be tough. The Gills fans saying they were shite will probably say the same about MK Dons now they’ve beat them…
Sheff Utd were the better team in the first half and dominated possession, our first goal was lucky via a deflected cross. Second half I actually thought we played better, created some chances but have ended up conceding 3 without reply! “
“Sheff Utd did well tactically and scored their only chances so good luck to them. Wouldnt like to face them in the play offs. “
“Well that was a kick in the teeth. Forgotten what defeat feels like! Not meant in an arrogant way, just feel like complete shit. ”
“An annoying game .We had three shots cleared off the line & they scored with every chance. Hey ho, at least Mk & Swindon lost. “
“Bad day at the office”
“I know it’s Valentines Day and all but we didn’t deserve to be fucked that hard! “
“Fair play to Sheffield United”
“Not used to that happening!”
“We didn’t really deserve anything more today”
“However ref did miss off ball incident as an elbow was directed at Joe Bryan”
“Sheff Utd were professional, played time and the referee well. “
“We looked very average today”
“Our work rate today has been matched and more, the difference. Epitomised by their lad up top “
“I thought the player who put it away was close to the goal line and offside for their equalizer
But it’s what the linesman and ref thinks that’s important”
“Looked offside to me. “
“I think most of the Atyeo thought he was offside “
“The intent on ayling with the foul in the build up was worth a red 2 footed off the floor attempted tackle”
“Sheff Utd have 2 games in hand on Swindon, win those and they’ll only be 6 points out of the autos. “
“No panic here,not much between the sides,they have just out cited us today,we have won many close games when we shouldn’t have “
“grow up Steve Cotterill . Great manager and doing a great job, but we were beaten by a better team on the day. Childish attitude towards the reporter.Accept defeat gracefully, admit you f**ked up the subs….and move on”
“Cotts does not always sound at his best when losing.
Luckily, he does not get a lot of practise. “
“Agreed. Comes across as arrogant and childish.
We were beaten by a team who played much better football than we did, on the day.
Absolutely played off the park in the first half and not much better in the second. I’d rather hear him say that”
“Close game against one of the better sides in the league.”
“Just like Fleetwood and Port Vale we allowed the opposition to turn up and dictate the tempo of the game, and keep the ball under no pressure whatsoever. I don’t know when we stopped pressing completely but it’s frustrating to see us content to hand as much possession to the opposition as they want, when we’re at home. They were a textbook example of how to pass and move today, while we were – for the most part – flat and lifeless. “
“This just goes to show, we need to avoid the playoffs.
I thought Sheffield United worked really hard for the win and I have no complaints.”
“Typical Sheffield Utd really.”
“They are a strange side. They’ve lost their last 3 away games! “
“Bristol City – 11 shots, only one on target.
Sheffield United 9 shots, seven on target!
Not a good stat that one.”
“ they were lucky with the equaliser so who knows what would have happened if that was ruled out”
“Their goal came at a really bad time, and according to the radio was a foul in the build up, but just a really bad day at the office.
Just be grateful we are a pile of points ahead of them!”
“Sheff Utd are starting a little too late for automatic promotion but they will finish in the play-offs and are very much promotion candidates.”
“Seemed like we’d had the luck when Baxter went off but … “
“ ******* wanky northen Sheffield *****!! “
“Oddly, three of Sheff’s last wins have been us, Preston and Swindon. As disappointing 45 mins as we have had this season, but need to push on and take advantage now on Tuesday. The gap to Sheff ‘should’ be enough, although as a further aside think they have now played the top four twice. “
“the Blades roughed up our wing backs and the supply to forwards dried up . “
“I said it wouldn’t be an easy game, but didn’t expect that result either.
Despite taking the lead I thought we were poor overall for most of the game compared to recent performances “
“either yku accept that Sheff Utd are a really good team and probably the only ones too nullify us oreveryone else will copy and havessimilar results.
I personally suspect the former rather than the later. “
“Today sheff utd were very good first half but hoofing loads . In the 2nd half we dominated leading upto to their equalizing goal and we were playing alot better football . Unlucky not to be 2 nil up “
“That’s been coming for ages now, luckily we get away with below par performances because of poor opposition. Wade Elliot hasn’t been the same since he was sent off against Swindle, JET, although I love the bloke really doesn’t help the flow of our game when he just sits in the centre of our midfield without moving. Better quality defenders were always going to find playing against two big strikers easy, but it’s the perfect wake up call, and teams around us lost so it’s not the end of the world. “
“Another poor attendnance. This game was a sell out a while before the game and only a 11,000 there today? I understand its valentines day but why don’t City set up a system for non attending season ticket holders to ring up or contact the club to make more tickets available.”
“Glad to see West Ham got their just deserts today. Bunch of cheats”
“West Ham Ha ha ha ha”
“Blow them bubbles you cheating cockney chappies!”
“ Sakho didnt look fit to me! “
“Cheats never prosper”
“ITS WEST HAMS YEAR. Bwhahaha”
“Wham Bam F *** You Ham ! … 4-0 Valentines Day Massacre .”
“Another big game beckons for City this Saturday and game which we should look to win seeing as we our the home side. The Blades are very good at home but have struggled a little bit away from home this season, however they’re in the top 6 and I will expect a tough, tough game.
Could see a couple changes for City as we’re playing Saturday/Tuesday up until the JPT final at the end of March!
Change of subject a little, I really want to watch the game but seeing as its already sold out I’m thinking of buying one in the away end? I certainly won’t celebrate or cause aggro but just want to watch the game. Is this a stupid idea? “
“If they arent going to sell out, why not? It would be very strange though, watching us from the away end.
2-0 city. “
“They’re still in the playoffs with games in hand and I for one am expecting a tough game. They also seem to step their game up against better sides. “
“On their day they can beat anyone, as they showed the other week by beating Swindon. can’t see it being comfortable at all. “
“They are a good side and will give us a tough game but we are on such a roll that id back us to beat anyone at the moment. Wouldnt be overly surprised (or dissapointed) with a draw though. “
“Almost a bonus game for us having built a steady lead. A win would be fantastic but a draw at the end of a good game wouldn’t be a disaster. Sheff Utd have got to be the weirdest side in the league. Pre season favourities, beaten some good teams but so inconsistent.
Can’t sell their allocation? Sheffield men under the thumb on V Day? Or symptomatic of them never bringing anyone here? “
“Won’t be an easy game but I do feel Sheff Utd get overestimated a lot based on the fact they’re Sheff Utd rather than their team and performances this season. Draw wouldn’t be a disaster but I’d be disappointed if we don’t get the win “
“If the Blades don’t sell all their tickets, won’t City move the segregation barrier and make more home tickets available again? They’ve done it before. “
“I wonder if there will be any more released , I see on SU site they’ve only sold 600 odd ! “
“Not like them? Perhaps they have picked up our soft southern ways and are taking their WAG’s out on Sat night as well? “
“When have Sheff Utd ever brought 1000+ at AG?
They’ve never come down here in numbers. “
“Maybe I am getting mixed up with Wednesday? My daughter always used to go on about the amazing support one of them brought to the East End a few years back.”
“That would have been Wednesday no doubt.”
“Very poor from Sheff u, they should easily be selling their allocation, especially being in the play-off hunt!”
“Probably thinking it will be POTD more fool them. “
“They certainly brought a lot in the 1988 play offs and in May 1989 when there was fighting on the pitch.
Sheff U travel in numbers…. “
“To be fair, those were the only times in BIG numbers, yes they bring larger numbers than a lot/most but not a patch on Wendy for continuous high support .”
“ I’ve always been impressed by Wednesday’s consistently good away support…”
“Yep you had to go back to the 80s for the last time The Blades brough lots of fans. Proves my point! “
“Think they had all been looking forward to a nice home game against Man Utd this weekend. This must feel like quite an unwelcome come down.”
“Sheff utd bought 900 just over last year”
“Which is about 300 more than we took to them for the opener this season, that was piss poor.”
“I’m sure we’d take a lot more now.”
“That was a midday kick off, live on Sky.
If that had been a normal 3pm KO then we would likely have taken 2k to that game.
If it was being played now, we would probably be taking 4k. “
“I have to say I’m a little underwhelmed by the number of Blades heading down for this one as they’re the biggest club in this league by some way but, after a little bit of checking, I’m surprised by their numbers at our place. I appreciate it’s one of their longest trips but I would have put my house on them selling out given it’s just 1100 seats.
Narrow home win (gulps!). “
“The fountain of knowledge that is Peter Beagrie said “We’re going off the boil a bit”.. Have I been dreaming or haven’t we lost a game in near 3 months? “
“cotterill has certainly ‘ clicked ‘ with our club…..
As with all reasonable managers, ….. Much to my surprise, was not enamoured with his appointment to start with – like many city fans initially……
But sometimes some managers are just the right fit at certain clubs at just the right time “
“we have 5 more games in the next 3 weeks with a small squad.”
“its good having Tavernier and Saville around as they can fill in where necessary against the lower ranked teams. Otherwise, I agree we go with the same team as smhbcfc suggests. I doubt we will play for a draw or a 1-0 win. Our style is to attack this season. If you score 3, you rarely get beaten. COYR “
“ I’m worried about this. I know they have had some poor results against the likes of Gillingham but then their cup form has been class. Odd side.
A draw wouldn’t be a disaster if we follow it up by beating Peterborough. “
“I know we have to earn a result no matter which team we play, but the table shows BCFC as being the best team in the league at the moment. Let’s let other teams worry about us. “
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.”
“Looking ahead what team would you put out on Tuesday night versus Sheffield United? “
“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 “