The View From……….

LOAN UPDATE: Wimbledon Fans Views On George Long

“Certainties in life
1. Death
2. Taxes
3. George Long booked for time wasting.”

“Man of the match again today”

“It’s all simple now: we spend the Spurs money on getting George Long and Harry Forrester to stay”

“January looking like arguably the most crucial transfer window in the club’s history… And I’m not just talking about signing new players but, possibly more significantly, keeping hold of Long and Forrester.”

“Please sign Long on a permanent. It’ll be worth it.”

“Hope something is being done to sort out keeper for next season cos without Long we’d be put of the cup and dead bottom in the league”
“We are fucked if Long can’t play”

View From Derby

Derby 1-1 Blades

“Sheffield United looked like a good side. Based on today, I’d say they’re still a good bet to finish in the top six and I’m not really sure why or how their form has dropped off and they’ve lost to some of the teams they have. For us, we looked tired. That’s not an excuse, there’s no reason why we should have been any more tired than Sheffield United. Their style is a game we could have thrived under and not many teams come to PP and play the way they did, but for whatever reason it just didn’t work today. In wider context, it’s a very good point. We could easily have lost that. They scored from probably their only clear chance of the game but they always looked capable of creating something every time they came forward”

“Sheffield United were fantastic at times, best side I’ve watched home and away this season”

“Fair play to Sheffield United, come to a tough place, should’ve got the win and the fans were in full voice throughout the 90 minutes.”

“Sheff Utd did better than I expected. They either played out of their skins or they have had some real bad results lately.”

“Credit where it’s due. Sheffield United are a good teambeen the better team in both games against us this season. Like how they use the 3-5-2 to attack rather than sit back” “Didn’t deserve a point at all, they were a lot better than us all over the pitch.” “Sometimes certain teams just have the measure of you and the Blades are one of those teams against us right now. So, all things being considered I don’t think that’s a bad point. We weren’t good and to my mind they looked the better team.”

“Sheff Utd plays well I thought; pinned us back with power and strength and I’ve not seen our centre halves get less success in the air all season, although with the amount of set pieces they had I thought they coped well.”

“Sheff Utd looked good today tbf, had a lot more energy. Deserved to lose so a point is good”

“They were the better side. Impressed with them”

“Sheff U are a good side and we’ve managed two lucky points against them”

“Another great point gained against a good side in this division”

“they were a very good side and this will probably be looked back as a point won. We’ve come away with something after being outplayed completely”

“Deserved to lose, so deffo take a point.” 

“Can’t really grumble with a point against a play-off contender.”

“Another point on the board against a decent enough team.”

“A point is not bad after Sheff U’s pressure and workrate.”

“Can’t believe how much that donkey Leon Clarke has improved this season. Kudos to United for coming for the 3 points.”

“Yet another performance whereby from the very first minute, we played on the back foot and looked to play on the counter.
Are we simply not good enough to dictate the tempo against sides in this league? Do we really think we can continue to pick up results playing in this manner?
We didn’t deserve anything from this game in truth. Sheff Utd tried to win the game and we simply were trying to stop them from doing that.”

“Exhausting to watch one team play today and us be so random. Was so sad about it I wanted to cry. Seriously.” 

“both sides looked really knackered towards the end.”

“Thought the ref made a massive howler in our favour today. Fair result, game petered out after they equalised. ”

“Definite penalty. handball and a foul.”

Pre-Match View From Derby

“We were very unlucky against them at Bramall Lane earlier in the warmer months, a poor clearance by Carson, an own goal by Russell that had us scratching ours heads in the away end, and a third on the break away when we were going for an equaliser after Bryson had scored.  So do we owe them one?
They have that Leon guy up front who’s having the season of his life, and seem to get results by playing a high tempo game with of course Billy Sharpe up front.  Paul Coutts got injured and he seems to have been missed. They’ve had a few dodgy results of late and have just lost at home to Bolton who have picked up a little recently. So, it’s a localish game for them, I assume they’ll sell out the allocation too.  So lots of dee dah’s around the train station pubs I guess? Plenty of them in the home fans only pub too no doubt, look out for flat caps and whippets, and cries of “how much?” We have a bit of a run going at home at the moment, but the games are coming thick and fast and maybe that could be a problem, but 5 changes at Ipswich and 3 points kind of makes you a bit more confident. Anyway, lets attack them and not let them dictate pace or tempo to us. Let’s make their back foot ache for 90 mins.  We are due a totally dominant performance at home with a few goals thrown in for good measure I think, teams in the league are beginning to fear us, let’s frighten the living daylights out the lot of them! “

“Billy Sharpe is a poor mans Nugent. The blunts want to properly gauge themselves against us. They were lucky early in the season. Winnall will sort this one for us. Keogh will be solid again.”

“We weren’t unlucky against them at bramble lane they deserved to win and we played stupid and we also surrendered midfield  they will be looking to do the same again, I really want to win this one and we are going to have to play well to do so”

“Win this and we’re 10 points ahead of them, with only 20 games left. Maintain our 2+ points a game and it’s simply not possible for them to catch us. Lose and that gap is down to 4, with everything to play for as we fall back into the chasing pack. Every game is a cup final now. but this game is a 6-pointer.”

“The Blades have really been tailing off though, recently and I suspect they’ll fade away as the season goes, they didn’t spend much money and are lacking in squad depth. “

“It’s the stage of the season where squad depth comes in to play and we showed at Ipswich that we can make changes without weakening. On the other hand Sheff Utd seem to be running out of steam and I doubt they currently have the depth to call on.”

“Who was dealing with their transfers when Wednesday swapped Butterfield for Winnall?”

“Reckon if we do go up then they owe a lot to Wednesday for the craziest transfer decision in the league’s history. Crazy”

“I remember when we considered Wednesday a ‘promotion rival’ Now they’re old gaffer is doing bits in the prem and they’re ‘unwanted’ striker is putting 3 points on the board for us!”

“Their fans think we will bottle it which is a bit rich when in last seasons play offs, their team of overpaid, overrated mercenaries were 1-0 up at home with 20 mins to go against a side who didn’t score a goal in last season’s play offs, and still lost.”

View From Bolton

Blades 0-1 Bolton

 

“wow, genuinely stunned, Parky actually changed formation and played two up front, think we just had the first half, and after seeing the reply, looked like a penalty to make it 2-0. They had the second half, probably should have scored but we threw everything at that…Madines goal wasn’t popular (but he is a complete arsehole to be fair)”

“weird that our first win was at home to Wednesday and the first win away was against United”

“I’m just picking my jaw up off the floor and and back breathing again…what a result that I never saw coming!!”

“Probably result of the season, win away at a top 6 side. With a number of key players out injured.”

“great win 
one swallow does not make a summer.
 my head is not wobbling yet.
why has it taken until 30/12.17 to produce an away win, could quite easily been 1-1
judgement on the manager still out.”

“I was expecting a right tonking today, especially when I saw our teamsheet, well done Parky and the players, its results like this why supporting Bolton is bloody great!”

“Got a but nervy when we were pissing about with it in the corner and they missed a sitter, but thought we played quite well overall.”

“Great win!!! Like the Cardiff game I would never have expected that………. and it just had to be their favourite player Madine”

“Phill surprised Sheffield with 3-5-2. They did not seem to know how to handle it. Madine was superb. They just could not handle his power.”

“Great result and occasion
First half we were great, second was attritional against a very average side. Not sure either keeper makes a save 2nd half.
Alnwick with a cracker end of first half.Madine was v good – solid and got fuck all off the ref. Looked a clear pen on him from the ground
Don’t think they’ll be that bad again but take it where you can”

“those cunts also thought the ref was against them as referenced above from their forum, when the only big decision was to not award a certain pen on…..yes, Madine”

“poor ref should of been a penalty and 2-0 to us”

“Should fleck have seen red for a stamp?”

“I just don’t see how we won that. They’re massive and take thousands to every game they play. They couldn’t possibly lose to the likes of us unless we cheated or the ref was bent”

“Fucking magnificent. Madine 1-0. Would’ve taken that over a repeat of our historic 13-0 over them no-marks.”

“Fuckig Love beating gthose cunts”

“Of all the teams to finally win away at, that was most satisfying”

“Sore losers those lot.”
 

Pre-Match View From Bolton

“Defeat at Middlesbrough means we have failed to win away in our last 37 games. Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United will come 1,000 days since we won 3-0 at Cardiff on April 6th, 2015”

“we’ve played 104 championship away games since relegation, won 16, drew 27, lost 61.”

“We will win away again in this league eventually.”

“I’ve been to countless matches under Parky’s reign and been quite mortified by the style of play. I don’t deny that. But can you honestly say that with this group of nobodies – loan players that haven’t started shaving yet, cheap freebies, etc. – he could give some other strategy a go, and if it didn’t work, everybody would stand back and say: fair play, we tried something different, we’re still shit, we’ve just gotta see out this season and let Parky start rebuilding again for League One.”

“You massive knob. Against Sheffield Wednesday we were superb, the game could have gone either way but we won and created a shitload of chances.
The players have proved they can do it, but Parky still insists on this spoiling tactic THAT DOESN’T FUCKING WORK.”

“If he actually tried something new and we started to actually play a bit of football then i think most fans wouldn’t give him any more shit than he already gets if we did get relegated.
What do we have to lose? All this blind optimism that we just keep doing what we are doing and it will come good is just wishful thinking, we’ve had a bit better form of late but we are still in the bottom 3 and as i said we have little actual goal threat.
People will just not pay good money to watch us at the moment so KA is deluding himself if he thinks people are going to turn up to watch us play route one and start with 1 striker and 2 holding midfielders at home.”

“Can’t see much from this sadly”

“I can see a dam good thrashing for us.”

“Another defeat looming here”

“Just enjoying the day out and anything is a bonus”

“Just been reading some Sheffield fans saying we can’t be worse than Sunderland hmm….”

“Sheff U win 9-0, Ken Anderson sitting in the home end shouts, “your support is f*cking shit” to the away end.
10 minutes delay added on at the end, due to a Beevers long ball entering orbit, getting Parky aroused into the process.”

“I am now at the point where the actual away game is spoiling a day out on the beer, especially in this weather. Strangely though, I fancy us to take something from the game.”

“Personally think Sheffield over rated if we go for it think we can win it 2-3.”

“We wouldn’t score 3 if they played with 9 men and no goal keeper.”

“They have lost their early season form. We can get a draw”

“When they were flying at the start of the season and we were losing to nil every week they only scraped a 0-1.Bolton to square the ledger and nick a 0-1 themselves.”

 

View From Sunderland

Blades 3-0 Sunderland

“They are a good side to be fair. Worse teams will do the double over us this season”

“Oh well back to the alcohol”

“No corners or shots on target, poor defending…. letting crosses happen and giving free headers.”

“Expected to lose but not in such a hopeless manner. We were awful.”

“Men against boys
Clueless ,gutless,passionless absolute utter dross”

“That first hour of football. One of if not the worst of the season?”

“We play football?
The Father Ted over 75 priest team would beat us”

“Watched most of the 1st of in POC and the writing was on the wall after 5mins”

“we’re ****. We have to admit it.
It’s like having an alcohol problem.
No-one can help you until you admit it.”

“Absolute embarrassment but it’s no real suprise to anyone surely. O’Shea and Wilson cannot cope with any bog standard forward who is physical or fast. We’ve got far too may players who simply aren’t up to the physical challenge of this league- Gooch, Oviedo, Honeyman get knocked off the ball and referees allow much more physical challenges so we just concede possession time after time.”

“Sheffield United ffs”

“We were playing a team who had picked up two points in their last six games.
To lose 3-0 in the way we did is absolutely shambolic. “
 “We’ve just had the double done on us by a side that was in the THIRD division last season.”

“What have supporters done to deserve this?
Sheff Utd were 2 divisions below us last season FFS”

“Sheffield United done the double over us it’s a shambles”

“They have now utterly dominated in four halfs of football”

“Been following Sunderland since 1976 can’t ever remember Sheffield beating us once in a season never mind fucking twice. You fucking cockwombles”

“Disgrace. Slaughtered by a team of journeymen”

“WTF do you think we are? A well designed well drilled professional outfit?”

“Most of our players have played in the premier league. How many have theirs. Disgraceful.”

“I wouldn’t actually say they were that much better than us. Scoreline flatters them imo”

“It flatters our defence that it wasn’t more.”

“They didn’t dominate us like Birmingham did”

“Simple difference between the sides – we get a couple of set pieces and look utterly toothless- they get one and score easily”

Pre-Match View From Sunderland

“Sheff utd are shit we might get a point”

“Sheff United have been awful of late.”

“Sheff U on a bad run”

“To me we SHOULD be strong enough to win at Sheff Utd providing they want as much as they undoubtedly will.”

“Next 2 games we have a real chanve to get good points on the board. sheffield utd have gone right off the pace and Forest away is very winnable. This is us of course so owt could happen.”

“Sheff U will play football and attack us. We may just surprise them. I think we will.”

“Think Bristol City will fall away and Sheff United have already began the slide.”

“We aren’t going to win”

“Cookie has gained 8 points from 6 games, carry that for the second half of the season will get us to 49 points. At the moment a better gd than the other 3 in the bottom 4.
I  feel that will be enough.”

“It’s not going to be pretty for a while so we just have to live with it at the moment. Hoping Coleman can do something in January both in and out. Got to get rid of leeches sucking the club dry…..one Mr Rodwell for example. How he can show his face in Sunderland is beyond belief. He exemplifies everything wrong in the current game”

“We’ve got so many players at that club who are incapable of showing one good reason we should pay them thousands of pounds a week.”

“Bottom team comes here runs rings round our ****e defence, and another woefull performance at home. We should have lost 4-1 yesterday”

“They try their best, bless ’em but cor blimey our defence looks iffy and our attack is pump.”

“until we get pace and enthusiasm in the team we are going to continue struggling.”

“We just don’t have enough good players to mix and match with.”

“Our bench is fucking tragic and I hope to God we’re not adrift by January. At least 3pts needed next 2 games imo”

“Could be a problem in midfield at Sheffield United on Boxing Day with Darren Gibson doubtful”

“So it is just the lower tier then? That upper tier was steep as owt as I recall – especially after a few pints felt like you were falling. Compared to some of the previous visits there it sounds like it will be like a morgue”

“I’ve gone over 2 rows of seats before in that stand, celebrating a goal that was then disallowed”

“Went to Sheffield United vs Chesterfield a couple of year ago and Annies Song sounded very good, bet it’s great on Derby day”

“They stole Annie’s song off Spennymoor Town”

View From Aston Villa

Villa 2-2 Blades

 

“Sheff Utd have lost 4 out of 5 and only managed a draw at home to the Scum from Small Heath. This is their biggest result in 6. No surprise there though!”

“Clayton Donaldson. Says it all.”
“Bruce will probably sign him in January”
“2 brilliant finishes from x bluenose Clayton Donaldson (why did they get rid of him)”

“Dreadful , gutless , pathetic performance by almost every player – Davis a donkey , snograss ,Elmo and hourihane all weak and lacked balls – as for the rest not worthy of any positive mention . jedinak a joke of a defensive display”

“Gutless cowards. they don’t deserve a xmas party. All useless and don’t give a shit about the club”

“Dreadful. Plus we were fortunate to get a penalty. “

“Shocking, shocking, shockingly low grade football, from too many players. I had to watch the game through my fingers, such was the embarrassment of so many factors of their play. “

“We didn’t have the ball in their half for long enough because whilst we should have gone through the floor at them, we kept going long which is exactly what they wanted.”

“Felt very fortunate that we found ourselves two nil up. It happened too quickly for our players or management to realise what position we were in. We looked hungry and first to the ball for ten mins and then as soon as they scored their first youcoukd see he confidence, ideas or game plan totally sap out of our players.”

“I think people get the wrong impression that being 2-0 up so early was particularly impressive. What we did was score two goals from set pieces not open play. Which kind of sums the match up because we would still be playing now and not look anything like scoring from anything we created. Its not as if we were ripping into them before or after we scored or up to when they scored. We never looked like getting anywhere near a third goal.”

“We couldn’t have had a better start and then proceeded to throw it away. I thought Jedinak was diabolical and too easily bullied and Chester whilst not as bad was also too hesitant and bullied.”

“can’t see anything other than a struggle to fend off sheff utd , Ipswich or even preston for that last play off place . “

“Poor performance from our manager. Grealish was running rings around their number 6 ( who should have gone for two bookings) until he was banished out on the left to accommodate two headless chickens up front.”

“I must have been watching a different game, I thought we were alright compared to recent performances. Grealish was superb, completely different team with him in the starting 11. Unlucky not to nick it in the second half. Take away Jedinaks two individual mistakes and we were by far the better team. Not much Bruce can do about Jedi completely missing the ball twice, but I imagine Bruce will take the flak for it”

“Well, can’t say much more than has already been said. 3 shots on target with 60% possession…. Sheffield United are a very average championship side, with what has been spent we should expect to beat them. What about the youth? O’hare? Do we not have a centre half we could have blooded against an average championship team?”

“ If I was a fan of Wigan or Hull and we were 5th in the league and in with a good shout of the playoff I’d probably be happy. I’m actually a Villa fan,a club who had been ever present in the Premier league , a Club who 90% of football fans still see as a premier club and expect us to go back up , With our squad we should be challenging Wolves shouldn’t we ?
We had a 10m striker on the bench yesterday and Sheffield had clayton Donaldson in their starting line up !”

“We should be mullering these hard working but limited ability teams at Villa Park Shouldn’t We?”

“ Another disappointing home performance. Sheffield are clearly on the downslide and were there for the taking yet we still hand them a point on a plate.”
“On the face of it going 2 up in 10′ and then being pegged back could be interpreted as failure, but Sheff Utd’s first goal was Route One and their second was due to luck … bad for Jedinak, who misjudged the bounce of the ball and good for SU, who scored. “

“We started brightly (obviously) and I thought that the attitude of the players was excellent – at 2-0 up, we relaxed too much and then couldn’t get our impetus back in the rest of the half. Second half was more even, but the longer it went on, the more I thought we were the only winners. The referee was iffy – I haven’t seen our penalty (or the shout shortly afterward) so can’t comment – but I think 99 times out of a hundred, the player that pulled Grealish back whilst on a yellow gets sent off – that changes the game.”

“Were you watching in person, or on TV? With the benefit of the TV angle, I don’t even think it was a free kick. Grealish went to ground as soon as he felt
a breeze on his shoulder. Certainly shouldn’t have been a second yellow. “

“Steve Bruce has no business as our manager. Pathetic.”

“Absolutely dire. **** off bruce.”

“to the Sheffield United fans who hired a box by us and then proceeded to show a complete lack of respect by continuously antagonising the fans in front of them up yours
They eventually got evicted and rightly so. Even a “friendly” word from JT failed to stop them. Muppets”

“Regarding the Sheffield United fans…..Well In all my years of following Villa away, they and Wednesday fans have always for me, stood out as total gobshites and I mean that in every sense of the word.”

“a number of Villa fans in front of me were aggressively goading the Sheffield U fans the other side of lower witton at 1-0 then even more at 2-0. It was pathetic to see and forced a police line up when it got back 2-2 as the tossers from both lots of supporters threatened each other knowing they were never going to be put to the test. Friendly banter is one thing but mindless aggression at a sporting event made me wonder what I was doing there with my wife and family. The police should have thrown out the drunken middle aged adolescent thickos from both sets of “supporters” who give football a bad name.”

Pre-Match View From Aston Villa

“Well, in the audition month to see whether we were to be automatic contenders or play-offs at best, we’ve not had the greatest start with a win and a loss. Thankfully it seems the wheels are coming off slightly for Sheff Utd too.
We need a win, as do they in order to keep in touch with the top 2 by any stretch of the imagination right now.
Hopefully Bruce decides not to be a blundering idiot by actually starting a striker this week.”

“Well Sheff U seem to be on the slide a bit, so we should be in a position to see them off quite comfortably”

“I think we will beat Sheff U, but then we do tend to beat average teams at home.”

“United are in crappy form too. They are there for the taking. We have to TAKE them…”

“They’ve lost 4 out of their last 5 matches, and drew the other at home to Blues. They’re certainly on the slide. We should beat them”

“1 defeat and everyone is in a flap. United are bad run and our home form has been excellent for over a year.  Big crowd. Big result.”

“The results haven’t gone their way but they have been playing better than us.”

“They will tear us to bits, in a how to play football sense.”

“they have still been playing far better than we have. I thought they were brilliant against Bristol city and would of gone on to win if it wasn’t for the sending off. I don’t buy this we should beat them. They have been unlucky that they have been on the run they have. If they play like they have been most of the season, then we will not win.”

“Just can’t see us being up for this , Blades may not be winning but from what I’ve seen of them at least they battle and have been unlucky . When was the last time we got beat and could honestly say we didn’t deserve it ?”

“Usually when teams are on a bad run of form…. they play villa and their streak is over!
Sheff utd are on a bad run…. teams are beating them… so Bruce and his coaches have plenty of recent examples of how to beat them. Look at their last 5 games, did the teams go all out attack? Go out wide and whip crosses in? Start fast or sit back and counter attack? Whatever worked …. spend time on the training pitch doing it!”

“Can anyone tell me the way we play ? I genuinely don’t know what we are trying to do , it seems to just be some sort of random “plan” based on whatever the opposition do . Just seem to make it up as we go along”

“Simple isnt it.
We gotta win !!!!.
If we dont. Automatic is long gone, we are out the top 6 and Bruce is on a tightrope.
However, they are on the slide, we are at home, big crowd.”

“could well be 40,000 on the gate.”

“Biggest crowd of the season”

“It should be a great atmosphere then.”

“Seems Samba is out, Jedinak will likely replace him.”

“I see Sheffield Utd are in the running for Ulla too – if of course we actually are. If they go for a straight buy, we’re up a creek without a paddle……. “

View From Preston

Preston 1-0 Blades

“Great win. We were excellent second half. Was disappointed with Sheff Utd but obviously missing their whole first choice midfield. Clarke worked hard but Ben Davies had him in his pocket all game, would have been my MOTM but can’t really argue with Pearson who was class again.”

“Thank goodness the real Leon Clarke has arrived back in the championship. Not a great game. But a fine win. Nice One”

“Good 3pts. First half was dull and scrappy with Sheffield Utd edging it but second half we upped our game and Pearson and Robinson in particular we’re quality. Hugill found an extra level too, great ball by Robinson for his goal.
Sheffield Utd had some decent pressure later in the game but we looked comfortable, defence was solid and I don’t remember Maxwell making a real save. Professional job.”

“That was the best, most inventive I’ve seen us move the ball around in years!
Confidence on the ball, crisp passing, inventive movement. Loved it.
Fans were as flat as a fart in the first half. The team deserved better.”

“My sentiments exactly. Watching some of the movement and passing in the second half between Pearson, DJ, Robinson, Gally, and the rest, was superb. They controlled the game and dictated everything that was happening. What really struck me was that at times you thought they’d just continue moving forward, but they were happy to bring it back, play with it and find more space before continuing play forward. It meant we had more men forward and looked a true attacking threat. In my opinion we’re maturing as an attacking team. The first part of the season we were hectic going forward, and it came off but we derailed slightly. Today, we looked good, composed, confident, and enjoyed playing. We’re improving each game. Well done boys, and bring on forest.”

“Good win today, first half was pretty poor, we would of won that at a canter if we had won more of the 50/50 balls”

“Solid performance. North End turned on the gas in a brisk spell that tired out the visitors and pressured them into losing their shape.”

“Tough afternoon but a great result.”

“Great 3 points against a team above us the league (for now);”

“Sheff. Utd were well organised and we had to earn the right to play, which we did towards the end of the first half. thought the central defenders were excellent when SU started hoofing it to their big forwards at the end. ”

“The fans were poor, the only reason I can think of is the freezing conditions. However, our gates are poor 2 points off the playoffs and only 11k home fans? Awful considering that we are a club with history.”

“Out round town as we speak, having a couple of beers with some blades, top lads they are. They keep going on about pigs and I’ve no idea what they mean??? Nice One”

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