Pre-Match View From Port Vale

“We need a result tomorrow”

“This will be our 4th straight away win if we get a victory”

“4th win on the trot away for the Vale? 3rd defeat on the trot for the Blades? Obvious score draw”

“unfortunately when we play any other team who are going through a bad spell we always seem to end their bad run by gifting them a win. We are nice like that”

“It’s always a good day there.”

“apart from 2-3 certain starters, I don’t think it particularly matters who make the XI as long as they are ‘up for it’ and show more grit and determination than on Tuesday.
One of the worst aspects in the week was how easily we accepted defeat and we never really looked energetic enough to get the goal back.
I don’t know how SU play, but they are one of the better teams in the league and this is one of our hardest away games. Luckily, I don’t think they have a tall team and instead play the ball on the ground a lot more, which may or may not suit our defenders. In defence, I don’t think we have the players to make a huge difference. They lack physicality and power and a ticking off isn’t going to change that.”

“Season is effectively over so I’d like to see some of our younger players given ago, although maybe that should start with a home game rather than a tricky away one.”

“for those saying stick the kids in, we’re still6 points short of being safe yet. The league is so tight this year its likely we’ll need 54 points to be certain of staying up. Lets get there then give them a run out.”

“Is this the worst ever Vale defence in your living memory? Any defence with Kevin Steggles in has to be a contender.”

“With a couple of exceptions, we are just going through the motions”

“The fact that this pathetic defence vastly improved when a 19 years old inexperienced on load defender ,was involved says it all”

View From Walsall

Walsall 1-1 Blades 

“Their only ambition seems to be attempting to win every single game 1-0 in the most boring way possible “

“Good point considering the vast budget difference in squad and what Clough could do in January – didn’t they pay £1m+ upfront for that right back Brayford who played tonight?”

“Decent point, Sheffield United must be the most boring team in the universe.”

“We were ok in the first half, nothing brilliant but fairly good except for the lapse for the goal.
Although we had only one shot on target it doesn’t tell the whole story. There were plenty of good opportunities and forays into their half but as per usual they ended up stalling as soon as we got to the edge of their box.
Second half we really had a go at them and showed what we were capable of.
Grimes goal and his shot on the post were produced from some quick football and attacking impetus that caught United off guard. It’s that kind of play we need to do more of.
Frustrating also because in the 2nd half we were by far the better team and should have finished them off for the win. We created plenty of chances. At least we didn’t lose.
Ref was a complete numpty and the 4th official not much better. Not sure how he thought 3mins injury time in the 1st half was enough to cover Uniteds blatant time wasting. He made up for it by finding a non-existent 4mins injury time for the 2nd half though. Plank.”

“Decent point, although Sheffield United are absolutely odious and as for Nigel Clough…..
I thought first half we generally controlled possession without really threatening and Jordy probably should have done better with his header.
Second half we pretty much bossed the game with United having 11 men behind the ball and hoofing long aimless ‘passes’ into the corners. Benning was very impressive to be fair, although he didn’t really get defensively tested too much tonight- I think if he was to start on Sunday he might struggle a fair bit more…”

“These horrifically bad refereeing performances are becoming the norm now. I’m very fair when it comes to refs, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt all the time.
This numpty tonight allowed SU to waste around 6 of the final 9mins of the first half, then gave a foul against Hiwula for nothing, then booked him for complaining. He halted play to move the ball backwards for freekicks in our own half, but allowed SU take take 10-15 yards at throw ins.
Then in the 2nd half Hiwula got floored in the area, a much stronger challenge than the one he booked Hiwula for in the first half, play on was his decision, then he booked Bakayoko for what was admittedly a foul, just a little late, and was his first offence, no consideration that the las had just come on. Then he bought one of the clearest dives from a shoulder to shoulder challenge I’ve ever seen when they’re lad got to the nice angle for a free kick. A free kick which resulted in Ben Davies nearly scoring.
Where do they get these idiots? I mean that wasn’t just a poor refereeing display, it was atrocious. No consistency, bad decisions, not applying the rules regarding injuries and stoppage time, strange advantage decisions, booking players for the slightest infringement, it had it all.
I’m not one of these who likes to blame referees for results, and thankfully this guy didn’t have an affect on the result, but Im struggling to grasp the modern incompetency of referees.”

“Brian Clough must be spinning in his grave! I couldn’t watch that shite every week.”

“They looked as poor a side as I’ve seen at our place for a good few months, yet we didn’t have enough to beat them – a bit like Saturday, but MK Dons showed a bit more quality going forward.”

“Once again a very good second half during which we tore a very poor Sheffield Utd. side apart. A good goal,the post and bar hit and as Phil says one of the worst displays from a referee I have seen since D’urso against Port Vale! “

“and people moan about our style of football. 😆
They’re welcome to Clough. He’s another grossly overrated manager keeping his side in League One in spite of the huge resources he keeps being given. A bit like Karl Robinson (without the mildly amusing accent) and Darren Ferguson (without the famous dad).”

“I think Nigel Cloughs dad is just a bit famous having won the European cup back to back having a stand named after him at Nottingham forest and also managed leeds United and Derby County”

“Im still seething this Morning after watching one of the most incompetent Refs I have ever had the misfortune to witness.
He allowed the Sheff Utd Players to dictate the pace of the game and the fiasco 5 mins before half time with their Players dropping like flies was a disgrace.
They fell to the floor ‘injured’, with great dramatic skills and then the Ref allows at least 5 mins+ time to treat them ,if they are ‘injured’ get them off the pitch.
But wait what yonder miracle I see not once but twice they rise up and run back on the pitch.However 3 mins added time allowed – total joke.
Second half another dive worthy of Mr Daley, ref acknowledged it was a dive ,but no booking!
I know its not easy being a Ref and I understand we all make mistakes but this was beyond a joke.He should never ref a professional game again.
Clough jnr , you are not fit to have the great Man’s name. To send a team out to be so cynical and unprofessional as Tinned rightly said your dad would be spinning in his grave.
The game itself, we had enough chances to win and should have.”

“It’s taken a Worldy to score against us, and we had to play against a barclays ref and the Sheff Utd backroom staff who may have well have put seats on the pitch. At least one of the headers should have been put away – poor finishing cost us, but overall we played well – especially second half.While Smith isn’t perfect, thank God we don’t have Clough. The resources they have a their disposal at this level and all they can manage to serve up is that dour, rubbish. Just shows what having a famous name can do for you.”

“Sheff Utd were really, really poor. Their only bit of quality was the goal from Baxter which was a great bending effort.”

“Clough’s tactics were abortion, time wasting in the first half?
Sheff U were there for the taking, we are just SO pedestrian when we get into the final third. “

Pre-Match View From Walsall

“Much better performance on Saturday: brighter, quicker paced and better all-round team play.”

“Everything relates to Wembley at the moment of course and our last League One fixture before next Sunday sees us entertaining Nigel Clough’s Blades, but their recent form has suggested more of the Blunts than Blades, to be honest. They signed Steven Davies (striker) on loan from Blackpool a couple of weeks ago but even he was substituted last Saturday. The Walsall contingent signed by Clough have all gone their separate ways so there won’t be any ex-Saddlers celebrating a la Grigg. Leading scorer McNulty has 12 goals to his name, but remained on the bench last week-end . Their return of 6 points from the last 18 is nowhere near promotion material and is only 1 point better than ours, but it should be remembered that United did bring off a 1-3 win at Ashton Gate on Valentine’s day which at least shows that Bristol City are not impregnable. think that with everyone trying to impress and stake their claim for a Wembley start we could re-invent Fortress Bescot and win this one 2-0, with goals from Hiwula and Sawyers (who is due for one!!).”

“About time we won. 1-0 us, in a game with no top gear.”

“Think we’ll win. What should see us needing one win in nine to avoid the drop. Hopefully we’ll get a few more than that – a top half finish would be great!!”

“Cant believe Florent Cuvelier Signed for Burton Albion 😯 I don’t know what wages they pay at Burton but surely he’d improve us for the last few games of the season could have been the difference between finishing top six or bottom half”

“The Flo that played for us 3-4 years ago definitely would. Is he as good now though?”

“What a player Flo was when he first came at the back end of the 11-12 season. He pretty much kept us up that year as a 18/19 year old kid!
Maybe it’s something we should revisit in the summer”

“He’s way too good for league 2 level, from what he showed in his loan spells here he’s boderline championship level but obviously the many injuries since then have probably knackered him.”

“He’s too good for league one and two”

“He was with us in 2012. That’s 3 years ago. Why do people think that he’s the same player now as he was then. Let’s bring back Kyle Lightbourne he could score some goals for us!
His career so far has been blighted by hamstring problems interspersed with patches of good form and patches not so good. It would be a backward step for us IMHO to bring him to Walsall again.”

“He would have been a good championship player but for a really bad injury run. He may still get there if he can maintain some fitness, but for another team (given that Hasselbank has picked him up from the ‘have it’ cloggers at the Blunts I’d say someone might get a lot more out of him).”

“whenever Sheffield United pitch up I wonder why on earth Jose Baxter is so highly rated, he just looks like he’s just turned up from Sunday league and never seems to do anything.”

“I work with a Blades season ticket holder, and he is less than complimentary about Baxter,(as he is about most Clough signings!) so don’t think he will cause us many problems tomorrow!”

VIEW FROM SCUNTHORPE

Scunthorpe 1-1 Blades 

“could have easily won it in 2nd half but referee disallowing Scunthorpe goal was major talking point”

“Both sides squandered chances to claim victory from pretty even contest. Iron much better second half than first.”

“Worst decision ive seen in 50 years to disallow our goal. Will watch on FLS tonight to try pick out a foul but to the naked eye it was the WORST DECISION I HAVE EVER SEEN!”

“Shocking decision. Ref had an absolute stinker.”

“Absolutely shocking decision.”

“Shocking refereeing all round today. Hope those two points aren’t to two that could have kept us up!”

“Not one Sheffield player claimed a foul.
The keeper dropped his head in embarrassment.”

“Awful decision, imo, but no doubt the reaction of their players helped. A handful of their players surrounded the ref after the incident happened, but the keeper himself bowed his head in shame.”

“i dont think the ref was looking at play at the time, he, like everyone else thought the keeper was just going to collect it, think he guessed at contact when the ball went in the net”

“thats 3 points from 18 now.Shocking – I can’t believe people were talking about a play off spot, we will do well to avoid relegation.
And I do we wish Mr Robbins would stop saying how disappointed he is with the result in his aftermath interview and saying we should have won he’s becoming boring and Wilclot like.”

“Set up for draw and that is what we got”

“Two clean sheets in 35 now, this is getting tedious.”

“Big chance missed to win today, Madden missed two glorious opportunities in the 2nd half to win it.
No idea why we had a totally fine goal dissalowed after Turner spilt the ball into his own net, nobody even complained about it.”
“we were the better side in the second half “

“We looked dangerous because everyone pushed up like a kids game which unsettled Sheff Utd because for 70 minutes they only had Madden to deal with.
Thought the defence looked solid with Marcus and Boyce back”

Pre-Match View From Scunthorpe

“Van Veen is an odd one. Seems to look absolutely amazing one moment and then horrible the next.
He is really struggling as a lone striker, he needs Madden up top alongside him but Robins is so against playing 4-4-2 for some reason. I think Sheff United will do us over here, we look absolutely horrible currently.”

“The lads have the week off, so if they put on a good show this Saturday, (winning might be a bit much to ask), “

“We’ve no chance of winning on saturday”

“Let’s say this dire run continues and more people want robins out, do you really think we could afford to get rid of him?”

“I would love Adkins back though that would get the attendances up!”

“Been a bit disappointed with our management team this last few games,whether it is because of playing two games a week for a fair while I do not know,but the playing formation or tactics are poor and we are getting back to the old ways and strangely enough it is the games that the prices have been reduced to try to bring supporters back have been the worst.”

“Marcus Williams could be back for saturday….”

“Weve had 95 attempts in the last six matches according to Scunthorpe Telegraph – that’s 16 on average every match- one every 5.5 minutes- the fans will flock back with these statistics!!”

“that is certainly not at home,unless that means clearing the ball out of our penalty area.”

“I think they’ve counted every time we passed the ball forward as an attempt on goal. I wonder what the “on target” count is according to them?”