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  1. The fight hasn't been completely devoid and I will continue to defend the boys against anyone who says otherwise. We've had a couple of below par performances, but I stand by what I have said all season...the games have been lost by a single goal, a fine margin. We've had a fair share of possession but we've lacked the courage in the final third and we've made mistakes in areas that top flight teams punish you. The chances to goals conversion has been inadequate , that has been our pain fault. Goals gain points, even singular points against the best players in the world. The mentions for tonight's effort..... Ramsdale!!.....After all the stick he has had, some warranted, some not. He commanded his box fantastically tonight and appeared to grow in confidence. Whether it be the experienced, calming influenced of jags in front of him who knows. He wasn't overly challenged granted, but when called upon he was more than adequate....one thing that I did notice was a massive boost in confidence when coming out to claim catches. Good performance. Jagielka....absolute class performance, with very little wrong. He has literally won everything in the air, he has been alert and switched on. The tried his best to pick up Maguire for the equaliser, he did slip him, but he desperately tried to get to him . I've had worries about jags age vs ability, but I apologise profusely...he was great tonight all round. Fleck and Lumstram.....legs, legs and legs some more. Man marking key players out of the game! There is nothing more I love to see than these so called big boys waving their hands around in desperacy! The midfielders worked so hard to nul optimism and stop creativity!... game plan came together, work rate impeccable. Norwood...DESERVEDLY on the wrong end of some criticism for a recent performance, but looked very much invigorated tonight. Whether it was the pull of a fixture against his former employers, or the shame of what he will know was a very below performance, who knows?....but tonight, well on form. Tracked back, got stuck in and won challenges. Going forwards, his through ball passes were top notch. Literally what we know Norwood to do at his best....he needs to continue to produce it!! Billy and dave....early doors they worked away, whilst unspectacular. We need goals but we also need work rate and effort. They put themselves about and led from the front, cracking performance from an experienced pair. Oli Burke.......A cameo that warrants much more. He runs himself all over the shop, his pace catches out the so called best defenders in the world. He's come on tonight and he's run, forwards, backwards, left and right. He's hassled and he's put in the leg work.....you could argue the perfect sub at the perfect time. He doesn't get the goal, it's not his.....but you can't detract from his performance in the slightest. Short but effective. Wilder......some would see if as a risk late on, to bring on two strikers and stretch the game, when most would be looking to tighten up at the back and cling on for life. But no, we don't play like that! Attack is the best form of defence! We bring on pace and attacking legs, we look to play our football in the opposition box. As opposed to us gaining any sort of positive feedback, all we will hear is how poor man United were. I refuse to let this be the talking point! It was a very well executed game plan and very well drilled individual performances. When truth be said, they desperately slammed 60m of signings on tocthe pitch and they achieved nothing! Well done united!.....10 point gap, massive ask! But confidence, work rate and determination. We just plod on and hope for the best! Said it all season, write us off at your peril....we work hard! We lack the quality of the rest, but they couldn't buy the togetherness and effort that we have.
  2. I think a game such of this, isn't a fair or true opportunity to assess match fitness. Ancellotti has his side well drilled and he likes them to play a very high tempo game of football. It was always going to be a difficult task, but as said above and I agree...I think in the earlier stages of the game, you lot managed to deal with everything that was thrown at you. Everton upped the tempo and in the end I think it was more a case of being simple overwhelmed by a decent football team. There is no shame in it whatsoever, we are after all talking about an 'x' amount of millions gulf in class. I maintain what I said about Bannan however, Ian i do get why a player of his experience would be in the line up against Everton. But when you have Harris in particular and the likes of Patterson and reach, trying to be attacking and positive. You then had Bannan taking the sting out of your own play going forwards. I think that the blooding in of the youth is a representation of where the club is at right now. I think you guys know yourself, there are contractual issues with certain players who won't be featuring because of fees, bonuses and clauses. Mr Chansiri is fielding a cheaper team in my own opinion, but....you appear to be finding some gems to invest in.
  3. My opinion from that.... 3-0 to a more clinical, very talented, Premier League team. But listen Wednesday gave a decent enough account of themselves. What do I think about Wednesday? What stood out?...for me, bannan has to go if you want to transition. He's slow, he's negative, he's taking the spark out of the team. He slows down the tempo in an otherwise pacey, attacking minded team. Ahh well...
  4. He needs to play a greater role in the league definitely, but to be involved every game is a huge ask. He's well conditioned, but he's also 35 and up against the best defenders in the world. He will always give 110%, but he's no spring chicken. Definitely should be playing a role though.
  5. Good luck to the blue and white half of the City today. It's been a rough time to support them and I think you all deserve something to cheer about. Who knows, dispose of that lot tonight and you could bag yourself a mother great tie. It's a big ask to see off two PL big boys, but this is what the FA Cup is all about! David v Goliath stuff! If you get past those, you deserve a Steel City Derby in the last 8, even in the last 4.
  6. First and foremost, for those who forgot...the blades are free to watch on the BBC Red button service, or iPlayer for the smart TV / online. First half was easy enough for us really, all in all it was quite a dominant performance as you would expect. So far we have bossed possession, have had the majority of play, have created ample chances and Plymouth haven't really done much outside their own half of the pitch. Brewster looks lively, but could really do with hitting the back of the net! He needs some form and confidence to take back into the league. Sharp is just Sharp, a handful, experienced, causing problems. Should be 3-0 at half time to be fair. Missed a couple of clear cut chances and had what in my opinion was a stone wall penalty ruled out by VAR.. Bashams goal was a good cross and a decent header. Expect a couple more goals please blades...we are bossing things and need that clinical edge!
  7. Very, very sad indeed...no age at all. I remember the mixed emotion when he signed for us. In one hand you had this Jamaican lad who was paying his trade in Sweden, he had just won the league or Cup whichever it was and had banged in some goals in the process. But at the same time, rumours flashed around about his injuries and whether he would be on the treatment table, more than the pitch. He didn't really get that much of a sniff for us really, only played a handful of games. But his most famous goal weirdly, will be the infamous balloon goal against city. I will post a link to this below. Not the best copy of the goal to be fair, but never the less a memory. R.I.P Luton.
  8. I would love to bring that lad over from Belgium personally? Coulibaly? We bought him and apparently he's a quality player, even the Milan duo are sniffing around him. 20 years old, 6ft tall, 14 appearances, 5 goals and a handful of assists for Beerschot! Why is he still there in our current state?
  9. Or perhaps found his depth and limitations? That is more where my mind it pointing? Self admittedly he quit the Northern Ireland squad, stating that he is getting no younger and that he wanted to continue playing for Sheffield United. He's had a few injuries and niggles that he has had to rehabilitate from.... and perhaps the relentless task of playing against the best players in the world, 3 times a week is finally catching up on him. To be honest, I think we have done extremely well to keep as many fresh legs on the pitch as we have done this season. We are not gifted when in comes to squad rotation, in thank we are pretty limited as shown by the impact of losing a couple of key players. I think the lack of bolstering the squad in the short pre-season, was a huge mistake by our powers that be. The millions that we invested in single players was a huge sign of intent, but in hindsight?...Perhaps fees like this could have brought 2-3 players into the club, to keep us fresh and moving. We have pretty much a set XI, you know the team most weeks because it selects itself. This is why I am panicking in this window.....we need numbers, we need 3-4 players immediately. We need options for rotation and we need some sort of quality and we need it now! Failure to act and we probably won't even have much pride come the end of the season, never mind anything else. The board need to reconsider plans, to sit back and pretty much admit defeat in terms of relegation? It's not good enough! You need to invest in the fight, because this squad will not see the season out. You will end up with tired legs and long term injuries!
  10. Too many cooks spoil a broth though Kidley don't they? When a manager comes into a club, they want to assess the team in training and out on the pitch, they want to identify dead wood and areas for improvement, then finally they want to begin with placing their own stamp on the group. Listening to both Cook and Pulis, it seems that the managers sole responsibility is to put a team out on the pitch and even then, it sounds like they don't even have the decision about which players they can use. Due to contract clauses and bonuses, it now seems that players have been deliberately left out of reckoning. This is absolutely baffling behaviour and I can see the frustration. It then seems that recruitment is all carried out above management level. When managers don't have any sort of direct input into the type and style of players that they would like....for me the game is ruined!
  11. This thread is about Norwood isn't it, not Bannan in all fairness. To counter your comment.. I've never seen Norwood have such a shocking game in a blades shirt and gift 2 goals in the manner that he did at the weekend.... and he's played just shy of 90 games for us now, a large percentage of those in the top flight! He' a 3 times Premier League promotion winner and he has put in some real quality performances for us in the past, which is why that performance disappointed so much. I feel almost inclined and obliged to find an excuse for such a woeful showing. I don't know why he was off the pace, but he was. He looked knackered and switched off, rather than disinterested. He will have no doubt received a few choice words in the dressing room, therefore it is on him now to come back and respond. He seems a genuine enough bloke and I am pretty certain that he will respond in the right way. If not, then he loses his shirt doesn't he?....I've said it a few times, I feel sorry for flecky and lundstram, both of which had a decent game.
  12. Surprised it's not Roy Keane yet, I would have thought that he would be a fans favourite by now after hid dam I comments about us on Sunday 😂 Joking apart is has to be worrying now? That managers are publicly refusing the club, on the basis that they club don't want a manager...just somebody in in hotseat, whilst the owners run the club with advisors. I genuinely feel for you as it is becoming far too common sort in the modern game is this. What is the point in bringing in a knowledgeable manager with success under their belt, only to take all management and key decisions away from them? It is almost insulting!
  13. We should be concerned about the lack of fight from one player? The rest of the team were putting themselves about and battling, in particular Norwood's midfield counterparts (fleck and lundstram). Norwood appeared tired and should have been taken off the pitch. He had little desire and I think I would have rather have been playing with 10 men at times. If he's no longer upto it, the he doesn't get a shirt, it is as simple as that. Coming from a player like Roy Keane, who sent players into Row Z.....you would rightly expect him to pull Norwood on his performance, he was right to. I'm not even buying the risk of a second yellow Atticus mate, Norwood's performance as a whole was substandard. He was a Yard or two off the pace all the game, his pass completion was terrible, he simply had a poor game. Likewise, there is still no fact in our friends theory, because other players worked their gonads off.
  14. Not Wilder, or Knill.....he puts them on the pitch, he gets them battling and he does what he can will limited resources. In the summer, we lost a key player and we never replaced him. That back three hasn't been the same since!....I've said it over and over, a CB should have come into the club before a ball was kicked!.....with a couple of weeks of the window left! It has to happen now!! Midfield.... it was obvious last year that we lack that edge of the box midfielder. Berge serves a purpose and has a job to play in this squad, Fleck is capable now and again of something, but inconsistently.....Lundstram tries but he isn't a threat. The lack of players getting forwards, leads to strikers dropping deep! We put crosses into an empty box! It's not good enough! McGoldrick being a glowing example of this again today! Drops deep and works hard, but in doing so he completely removes all threat.....second half he gets in the box and he scores. An attacking minded midfielder is a must! We've known about the need since last Christmas. We've tried to fill the void with existing players, but they are showing themselves as not upto it. It has to happen now! 2-3 players have to come into the club I'm this window! It is as simple as that! Regardless of what league we play in next year.
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