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Tigers Prey on Blades Errors

Sergei Prokofiev`s Dance of the Knights rang out around Bramall Lane before the kick-off today; a tune synonymous with The Apprentice and United fans across the City will be hoping to hear that somebody has been hired sooner rather than later.

However, despite the result it was a very different story, with the Blades having the lion`s share of the chances but vital errors at both ends cost them dear.

Sheffield United were 2-0 at the break, and many fans will have already considered heading for the exit gates. However, in reality the game had struggled to get going thanks to two serious injuries and a whistle-happy referee. The visitors didn`t take their time to get going, and were in front after just two minutes, when Manchester United loanee Cameron Stewart outpaced Nyron Nosworthy before rolling across for Jay Simpson to tap in from close range.

This was the first of two mistakes by Nosworthy in what would prove a fruitless first-half for the Sunderland man. The second came at the end of the half when he was this time outpaced by Simpson himself, who got away from Nosworthy before being felled on the edge of/inside the area depending who you listen to. The man that mattered believed it was inside and pointed to the spot allowing the Arsenal man to brush himself off and fire the Tigers into a 2-0 lead. The United defender received just a yellow card to the disappointment of all 22,000 in attendance.

Nick Montgomery volleyed just over shortly after the first goal after some impressive build up play on the left hand side. Unfortunately, Andy Taylor received a nasty injury in this process and was withdrawn on a stretcher to be replaced by the youngster, Matt Lowton.

Kevin Kilbane was the next to cause a lengthy stoppage when Ched Evans had caught him in the head, before the game`s first outbreak. Andy Reid and Anthony Gerrard had a coming together which saw both men booked.

Stephen Quinn soon went from pantomime villain to village idiot, as he reacted to losing the ball by blasting it at the advertising boards, only to slip on the frost and have to be withdrawn with an injured hip. Jamie Ward was his replacement and despite struggling to get into the game early on, had a larger impact on the second half playing as a striker in a 4-4-2 formation.

In the second half, United looked the more likely to get the next goal; Mark Yeates curled over from the edge of the area after Kyle Bartley had headed at Vito Mannone. However, the persistence paid off when Andy Reid curled a beautiful ball into the area for Ched Evans to rise and power an unstoppable header into the bottom corner.

The youngsters of City were becoming increasingly frustrated, epitomised by Stewart picking up a booking for a very late challenge on Steve Simonsen. The second free-for-all was soon in full force when a crunching tackle by Ian Ashbee was not met with a good reaction from Montgomery who bundled him to the ground. What followed was a melee involving almost every player on the pitch, with more than one punch thrown. However, the referee opted to hand out just two yellow cards; Ashbee and Bartley the recipients.

With around 15 minutes left to play, Bartley`s diagonal ball was misjudged by Kamil Zayatte, and Evans pounced, poking away from Mannone and cutting the ball in from a tight angle sending the home supporters into raptures.

United continued to press with Evans almost finding room for a third, only for Reid to go alone and force a save from Mannone. However, the afternoon soon turned sour as City broke from a United corner, with Stewart again proving the catalyst, sprinting the length of the pitch, forcing a save from Simonsen, which was parried into the path of substitute Jimmy Bullard to poke home and leave United with a morale crushing defeat.

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Date:Sunday December 26 2010

Time: 10:56PM

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The phrase "amateur night at the Roxy" comes to mind. The usual comedy of errors by Nos, a second half fight back, a hard earned point in the bag then gung ho lads lets go for the big finish....and concede with 10 seconds left. Brilliant. A reasonable holiday crowd treated to a lone striker with two sitting on the bench (not that Ward contributed anything when he did appear) and it still took Carver until half time to realise that Hull were playing with two up front, that they were getting it wide and far too often behind our back four . Make no mistake Hull are a poor side, they created little, and when pressured looked vulnerable, but with one up and the support always slow to arrive, United were a total mis match for 45 minutes, by which time the game had gone. What is really worrying is that it happens in virtually every game, players never seem to learn from mistakes, but maybe this bunch simply arent capable. The only good thing to come out of the game (other than Evans performance) is that hopefully Birch is now in no doubt whatsoever that Carver isnt up to the big job.
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27/12/2010 12:14:00

from start to finish i wished i were someone else yesterday....absolutely sickened....we are awfull all over the pitch. there was a point at 2-2 with 5 mins left and howton got the ball and just blasted it for a corner like a complete thick tw*t....he had so many options everyone on the kop just looked at each other in utter astomishment......whats all that about. was he purposely trying to get a late hull winner or something. that definately is one for soccer am's utter donkey show!!! FFS!!!!
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27/12/2010 16:45:00

The only positive is that this takes Carver out of the frame. I am really concerned about the options for manager being muted - it doesn't have to be a lifelong supporter or former player (if that were the case me and Glouc would be the dream team)- it simply needs to be an experienced man with a strong desire to play progressive football, the guts to take on the apparent apathy at the top and tha ability to motivate some average and some potentially half decent players as well as build on the current squad ... I believe there is just such a fairy godfather not far down the road - perhaps we should for once push the boat out!
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27/12/2010 19:05:00

Forgot to mention .... the other big plus is that Evans is at last showing his real quality! More of the same Ched - still time to hit 20 this season!!
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27/12/2010 19:08:00

if SOD is deffinately out of the running then southgate or brown would be the other better choices.....southgate is a good family friend of the macabe family but from what i've heard he's not even in the running.....suppose big sam is well out of our range.....and the other lower league managers....howe, scott, wilder, adams......MY GOD WE ARE REALLY SCRAPING THE ****TY BARRELL
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27/12/2010 22:14:00

No you are not, you are boxing at your own weight, you will get a manager from a lower league, and propbably one you have listed above, and you should be greatful if you get one, the reality is they are risking their career taking you lot on, so be greatful and get behind whoever you get
Donny Owl
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28/12/2010 01:54:00

donny you thick c@n7!!! how many more times....feck off back onto your own site you inbread league 1 porker!!
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28/12/2010 18:39:00


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