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”

Rochdale and Barnsley Fans Views on Matty Done

ROCHDALE FANS

“Done fee is rumoured to be £1 million.
Hand. Snatch. Quickly.”

“They love an ex red, do the Blunts.
Don’t do it, Matty. You’re better than them.”

“Doyle to Cardiff. Done to Sheff Utd. That would be an effective disabling of both ours and Chesterfield’s play-off push unless contingencies are in place.”

“Would hope that they would have to seriously splash the cash for us to allow him to go to what could be a competitor for the play-offs.”

“Hopefully this is Bollux,and hopefully he speaks to Febian about his time there
No denying the blades have the money but players seem to get lost there..
Both Febian Brandy and Andy Butler decent players were frozen out there very very quickly….”

“Will be gutted if this goes through. Hope the fee is a good one. Have we already signed his replacement in Brandy?”

“If this is true then the fee better be a good one, when you don’t need to sell to then let someone go to our near rivals in the table is utter fooking madness, seriously miffed at this….”

“If true this is either the result of a ridiculous fee, or a triggering of an automatic release clause. Anything otherwise would be a serious misjudgement by the board as this has the potential to be season-ending.”

“To sell this late in the window and to a rival for a play off place is a little worrying and leaves us no time to get a replacement. If the fee isn’t at least £500,000 then I will be seriously disappointed.”

“I’m absolutely irate about this one. We don’t need to sell, Done wasn’t their first choice signing, we’ve been given very little time to replace him, might not get any time yet, he’s not near the end of his contract and Sheffield United, as big as they are, are below us in the League. This has to be our record fee for us to sell at this stage or, in my opinion, we may well have bottled it in terms of going for promotion. We needed a striker in addition to Done, so unless something massive happens incoming wise, then I will be looking behind us instead of looking at challenging.”

“Considering we sold Hogan for £750,000 (allegedly) when we were in league two, and have since been on a money-spinning cup run, along with made money from sell-ons, I would HOPE it would be nearer to £1m.
Absolutely no need to sell otherwise, and would really be a nail in the coffin of any potential playoff push. “

“So fvcking annoyed at this. We have a chance of greatness this season.
Or we could just sell our top scorer when we don’t really need to. Yeah, y’know, whichever.”

“I can’t imagine Done wanting to go to Sheffield Utd.”

“What, even if they treble his current wage and give him a decent signing on fee?”

“I can’t see sheff u paying out anything near a million which some want on here. Sad day.”

“Not to sound greedy but I’d be demanding least 2 million with add-on’s from the Blades simply because of being in our highest league position and their not poor”

Done to Sheff Utd? on 19:42 – Feb 2 by davidab2202

“As previously stated Hilly said we were lucky to have Done back with us 18 months ago as he felt he was capable of playing at an higher level.Appreciate that at this moment in time they are only at the same level as we are but hand on heart we would have to admit that they are a bigger club then we are.If we both were to make it to Championship level I unfortunately know which club would be the more likely to survive”

“True, they have Nigel Clough as manager.”

“We might as well just say to Sheff Utd “we don’t want 5th or 6th spot – you have it instead”. Crazy sale whatever the transfer fee. “

“Seems they paid around 500k for Baxter so I doubt we’re getting more than we got for Hogan.”

“Their forum ( talking about Bladesmad in relation to the reaction of Done signing)) Shows they don’t have a clue. The ignorance and arrogance of fans who believe they are above others in the division.”

“Blades fans do get cocky:”

“Wonder if COG is affordable if MD is going – I doubt we will get in excess of £500k for Done – but with JOC going to Brentford and no action so far – 1 out 0 in would not really highlight our “Push for Promotion” “

“Hilly teasing on Dale player after the Coventry match:
Asked : No Matty Done in the squad, was that due to the injury on Monday night?
Keith : He’s being sold to a Championship club. They’re all bidding for him at the minute…he’s going to break the all time club record, you’re talking £2.5M. I think there have been 4 Championship clubs in for him, so we thought we ‘d leave him out.”

“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

“RIP your career matty.”

“Done is a confidence player. If he’s not playing regularly with the full support of the fans, this might not be a great move for him.
Good luck to him, but after his Barnsley experience I’d have thought he’d want a full season playing in his current role then assessing it in the summer.”

“I Mean wtf. They were saying that the Blades had made 10 changes from the team that lost to Spurs and they still beat Swindon. This smacks of what people accuse the top teams of – buying up the best players from their rivals so they can’t challenge them for honours.
Not happy.”

“In my opinion he has been our best player, and really hope the money received makes losing him worthwhile. Really pissed off with this. Terrible losing one of your best players to a rival.”

“We were lucky to get Matt Done when he rejoined us. We were all overjoyed when he returned.
He has given his all for us, others have noticed his qualities and we have banked a Kings’ ransom (by our standards) that we would never have seen had KH not brought him back.
We’ve won both ways.
All the best Matty, thanks for everything.”

“What message does this given to the fans? Never been more disappointed in the club than I am right now”

“We’ve played this terrifically well. Selling our best player of the season with an hour to go to find a replacement. “

“Gutted. A Yorkshire rival has our star player. We could have held on to him, so I am sure we have a good price for him, £700k plus. Would love it if we still finish above them. With money in the bank all is not lost but I would rather take a chance by keeping Done and pushing on,selling him in the summer.”

Barnsley fans

“Crap player”

“Laughing”

“Better than Eoin Doyle according to my blunt supporting mate. I tried to kep a straight face I failed”

“I rated Done when he was here. Still rate him now”

“I love to laugh at the Blunts as much as anyone but I can’t get too sneery over this one I’m afraid.”

“He’s decent, Done. At this level.
But had Winnall not got crocked I’m sure he’d be on the same amount of goals by now. And we’re shit.”

“Jay McEverley was highly thought of before and after we signed him and let him go. Same has happened to Matt Done. Then again plenty who were poor at us like Jay Rodriguez, Chris Wood, Jon Walters etc have done well after leaving us.”

“A local rival about to sign a player who has scored as many league goals as all our strikers put together.”

“14 goals for a non striker. Not bad going.”

“Done in my view is a good player at this level. Works hard, good pro, plays several positions, scores goals. What’s not to like? Not good for Rochdale unless Blades have paid over the odds.”

 

 

 

Pre-Match View From Preston

“I honestly couldn’t give a shite about the FA Cup now, i’m certainly not taking time off work for this one.
Comfortable 2 or 3-0 win for Sheff Utd.”

“I had booked the afternoon off, I have since cancelled the holiday. Fuck that for a laugh. I also have no-one to go with. Plus I’ve been to Bramall Lane 6 times and seen us score once (and that was 3 weeks ago)”

“Despite the recent dross served up by the shirts I’m strangely looking forward to this – who wouldn’t be given we’ve a chance to play the biggest team in the world should we progress. “

“Not going but praying every night for a win. Would be amazing to host Man U”

“Im going to stay at home and build and watch a safety match burn, thats what will happen in sheffield”

“Football has a habit of throwing up mad results. That’s why I’m confident we will win this game 1-0 with a goal from Sylvan Eubanks Blake in the 79th minute, an overhead kick in front of 312 PNE fans”

“I’m going!
Sickened by recent results but this is one of the biggest matches of the season, so I had to go.”

“I fear a cricket score on Tuesday
Having witnessed the inept performances in January coupled with lack of strengthening I fear a real hiding on Tuesday that will totally derail us if it happens.We couldn’t beat sheff Utd who had some reserves in and they will be at full strength Tuesday but that said they could field a few with wooden legs and they would still beat us.”

“Sheff utd will only be 3 points behind us should they win their games in hand and with the signings they’ve made and are making, they’ll stand a better chance than us at getting promotion”

“Think we will Finnish around 8th 9th , i honestly can’t see were our next win is coming from , at the moment we are the worst team in the division and deserve to be .”

“Sounds like we are officially out of the race for Doyle too”

“Hopefully a couple of new faces in today, but I suspect we ll get the usual statement that any deal has fallen through.”

“Really hope we don’t sign Doyle… Sheff United you have him.”

“Deadline day my ass, we will get the usual “There is no rush, the loan window opens in five weeks time” and don’t forget FFP.”