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Yeates' Best Bar None

Yeates' Best Bar None

Sheffield United crashed to yet another defeat tonight, as they went down 2-1 to Preston North End.

Goals from Matthew James and Jon Parking were enough for North End, who managed to hold on despite Mark Yeates claiming his first Blades goal.

New signing Kyle Bartley started the game at centre-half alongside Nyron Nosworthy with Derek Geary recalled at full-back opposite Toni Kallio. Meanwhile, Darius Henderson had to settle for a place on the bench.

The game was just ten minutes old when debutant James struck the opening goal. Whilst Bartley was receiving treatment at the side of the pitch, Montgomery's pass was inadvertently redirected by the referee to Parkin, who got the better of Geary before finding James in the middle via Danny Welbeck, to put North End into the lead.

Evans and Cresswell had chances to equalise but neither could capitalise, before Parkin wasted a chance in front of Bennett's goal.

Midway through the second half, Jamie Ward was introduced and sparked the game back into life, causing Preston all sorts of problems at the back.

The Blades were dealt a hammerblow on 71 minutes, just as it looked like they could salvage a point from the game. Nosworhty was adjudged to have fouled Welbeck, and despite Bennett stopping Parkin's spot-kick, the gargantuan forward finished off the rebound.

Yeates was off target at the far post, before collecting Henderson's knock down and smashing the ball past Lonnergan.

It was too little too late for the Blades however, and their final meaningful attack saw Yeates have another effort blocked, this time by James.

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Date:Wednesday February 10 2010
Time: 12:30AM


Time to go blackwell...we're going nowhere fast - boro are starting to pick up just at the right time and will go straight into play offs - your signings are generally poor (see my post on another thread about the number of wide men we have signed - incredible when we dont really use them!), the tactics are shocking and we dont even do the basics right.........its a matter of time so lets cut our losses and get rid - no more crap from him with his obvious lying, no more radio sheff defending him at every turn - he simply isnt good enough
10/02/2010 07:58:00
gleadless you took the words right out of my mouth, the mans got to go !!!!
10/02/2010 12:08:00
I didn't go last night so I can only really comment on the result - which simply isn't good enough! In the last 3 games we've played Watford, Derby and Preston (3 very average Champ sides) and we've picked up 1 point!! And we didn't really deserve that! I can't believe we're still in touching distance of the playoffs to be honest. It just shows how poor this league is. It wouldn't be so bad if we were playing well and getting poor results but we've been awful to watch all season and now we're not even picking up the odd 1-0 win. This isn't a knee jerk reaction from Blades fans: The football under Blackwell has been appalling for around 75% of the time he's been here. Time for a change!
10/02/2010 13:34:00
0 Read this very interesting peace.
10/02/2010 15:33:00
10/02/2010 15:33:00
Yeah v int article and echoes thoughts of a few on here over previous months- I think the majority knew this was coming a) with the appointment of kb and the drip release of players hulse stead etc. . I said last year that mccabe wanted out, hence him trying to buy all the shares up - without sounding dramatic we are in for a few years of tedium and a potential relegation in a few years time- crowds will dramatically drop next season and in my mind unless a decent manager is brought in and starts to build a proper tea with the aim of promotion in three four years time . From somewhere fans need something to cling to so come the end of this season we need a major clear out, some young lads from the academy coming through with a sprinkling of up and coming players no more glen littles cresswells etc at the club
10/02/2010 17:19:00
gleadless - we produced 2 amazing young players last season, something that sheffield football hasn't produced for over 50 years and we sell them on less than 4 months later. no kenny through bad management of the player, no naughton, no walker, no kilgallon, no halford, no hulse, no stead, no cotterill, no howard, no tonge, no bromby...shall i go on? thats a championship worthy promotion team sold off in 6-12 months. SHOCKING BLACKWELL HAS TO GO AND AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED SO DOES MACABE AND HIS BULL....Get ready because we are in the crap big time, its just bein kept in the dark by macabe and lied to.
10/02/2010 19:58:00
Not having Kenny is nothing to do with bad management of the player. I see what you mean about not having the others, we never sold Halford off, he was only on loan, and folk hated Howard, I remember you describing him as a nothing buy on more than one occasion. But as for Kenny, it was sheer carelessness/ stupidity on behalf of the player, not Blackwell.
10/02/2010 20:05:00
kenny was very badly informed or uninformed either way i put it down to bad management or a lack of information to the player regarding the situation. I know halford wasn't our player but he could have been for less than what wolves paid for him but we didnt take up the option given to us for obvious reasons. Howard was and is a good player, just simply played out of the game due to shocking tactics, ok at times (most times he didn't help himself), nevertheless is proving his worth now in a struggling side that play much much better football...The point i was raising was the flog off..of an entire team within 6 months that would have challenged for an automatic top 2 finish this season quite easilly. If the unambitious chairman (and he's very unambitious) had any kind of love or ambitious he would have realised that the squad last season would have gone places this season instead of ripping it all apart and starting all over again. Surely if it's about getting promoted as quick as possible to deal with the money issues than keeping a promotion winning able team for at least another season would have been the logical thing to do. Think about the finances as a whole. Fact is we would have been much better off by keeping the squad of players together and getting promotion this season..than selling off a star assets and having no chance of promotion within the next 20 years. We have a shocking mentality (that of a small club), with small ideas, small business plans, and no ambition whatsoever. Apart from beattie no other player was crippling the club financialy there and then. We could have pressed on. Last seasons squad would be in the top 2 now....thats my point and all the financial worries would be starting to somewhat calm down....instead we do it 'THE BLADES WAY'....sell sell sell, moan, moan, moan...then really wonder why we are in the starte we are in!!!!
10/02/2010 22:06:00
few typing errors sorry
10/02/2010 22:10:00
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