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Ched proves he's the big Cheese on home debut

Sheffield United
2 - 0

Bramall Lane


Attendance: 24,638


A goal on his full debut by Ched Evans helped United to a 2-0 victory over a lackluster Watford side.

The Blades ran out comfortable winners after dominating the first home tie of the season, and Welshman Evans got the Blades second goal after Jamie Ward had poked them in front.

It follows two goals in midweek, during Wales' Under21 international for Evans, signed from Manchester City last month for £3million. However, it was more than just the goal that will have pleased both manager and fans, as he slipped seamlessly into the Blades side.

Despite the influx of wingers over the summer, Blackwell opted for Jamie Ward on the right hand side, allowing Evans to partner ex Hornet Henderson in attack.

The Blades got out of the blocks quickest, and despite referee Oliver's over enthusiasm with the whistle, managed to create some momentum, with Ward firing over from distance after just three minutes.

It was Ward who put the Blades in front, on his return from a two game ban on twelve minutes. A mazy run down the left by Treacy, led to him stroking a low ball across goal which Ward met with his left foot to pass the ball into the back of the net.

Evans continued to look lively up front, and almost sniffed out an opportunity from a Bunn clearance, and Treacy hit a right footed shot wide from twenty yards. The final chance of the half came from a well worked freekick; Kilgallon heading wide from Howard's cross.

The second half brought more of the same, Ward with an early shot, before United doubled the lead. Again Treacy playing provider, setting up Evans who cut inside from the left and unleashed, leaving Loach to just pick the ball out of the back of the net.

The Blades should have made it three shortly after. Brian Howard's perfect through ball put Ward clear, and despite having a full goal to aim at, tried to take it round Loach, who stuck out a leg and prevented the ex Chesterfield man.

United had the final two efforts of the game, Henderson volleying over on his wrong foot, before substitute Cotterill hit the post with an effot from the angle.

Star Player

There are a number of contenders, and the poll is sure to be split after this peformance. Both goalscorers had good games, but Vital Sheff Utd's man of the match goes to Keith Treacy. The Blackburn Rovers winger got two assists, and put in a number of teasing balls for the strikers to connect with.

Player Ratings

Mark Bunn

Another solid display from Bunn, and his accurate distribution is very encouraging.

Kyle Walker

What can we say, improving all the time. Set for a big season with United.

Chris Morgan

Didn't have a lot to do today, but was absolutely solid against a lively looking Ellington.

Matt Kilgallon

Kept Watford's golden boy Graham under wraps all game, and looked every bit the player we've got used to.

Andy Taylor

Another no nonsense solid display from Taylor. Showed some ability in his left foot with a lovely free-kick in the first half that Henderson almost got on the end off.

Jamie Ward

Excellent first half from the youngster. Ran himself into the ground and caused problems all afternoon. If he could just add some composure to his finishing he would be complete.

Brian Howard

Included in the team in place of Stephen Quinn, but didn't do much to keep his shirt. This could be a position Kevin Blackwell will be looking to strengthen.

Nick Montgomery

If there's question marks about one central midfield position, it certainly won't be the one occupied by Montgomery. I'll be honest, I've never rated Montgomery as a footballer, but after the first two displays, he has to be the first name on the teamsheet.

Keith Treacy

Shepsblade's man of the match, Treacy appears to be closer to the finished product than Reid, and despite a liking for scooping the ball away a la Stephen Quinn, shows he has quality in abundance.

Darius Henderson

Unlucky with most decisions going against him, and had two efforts that almost got his name on the teamsheet. His goal tally may not reach much towards the end of the season, but will always put himself about for the good of the team.

Ched Evans

A dream debut for Evans. After his brief cameo at Middlesborough, the fans couldn't wait to see what he could do, and a display like this will have surely whet their appetite.

David Cotterill

On for Ward 70

Kyel Reid

On for Treacy 77

Stephen Quinn

On for Evans 90

Kevin Blackwell

'I was pleased with Ched,'

'He showed good instincts both in terms of his passing and his finishing.

'We made plenty of chances and were always on the front foot. We were inventive and creative. I was very pleased with them.'

Malky Mackay

'There were times before the first goal, where I thought we looked very strong.

'There were times after half time when I thought we started well enough and once again had good spells of play when the game opened up.

'I thought we had some decent passes going on, but then we lost the second goal which the boys were really disappointed with.

'At that point, we were then chasing shadows because there were a score of Sheffield players who were on the up at home.

Date:Saturday August 15 2009
Time: 8:14PM

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Wouldnt argue with you over your MOTM, Sheps, as you said there were a number of very good performances. I go for Ward who worked hard up and down the pitch all afternoon and was well positioned to score, but I was also very impressed, again, with Andy Taylor. I thought he looked on the pace, defended intellegently and seldom wasted a ball. He is solid and slotted in with the back four easily. As always Morgs & Killa didnt miss a thing, I am terrified that a Prem team is going to come in for Killa before deadline, and Bunn never really had a save to make, just had to deal with a couple of crosses. We should have had five, but its reassuring to see the chances being created. Two games played, two clean sheets kept - easily - a solid basis to start the season.
15/08/2009 21:16:00
Who are the idiots in the South Stand who boo'd Quinn when he came on today? I cannot believe the sheer bloody ignorance of those so called fans who treat ANY player that way, much less a young player who is clearly struggling with his form and confidence. Unbelievable, a new low, even for our miserable negative fans. The team has won the game, and the lad is sent on with a few minutes left so that he is kept involved in the team and he gets that kind of treatment. Crazy.
15/08/2009 21:24:00
never herd the boo's so can't comment. MOTM for me today was kyle walker - looked absolute quality today and got a great reception from the fans. easy 3 points today and we always looked comfortable. but.... it was against one of the weekest teams in this division so lets not get too carried away with it all. we did make some silly mistakes again which against a better side we could have got punished for and the score line could have been a lot different. nevertheless 3 points is 3 points so bring on leicester tues night. ps - if we let killa go there will be a fan revolt against the manager and chairman so lets hope mr mac and his wealthy than most in this division board don't hit the panic button yet again because this time it will cause a divide between the club and fans.
16/08/2009 01:41:00
.....well I suppose thats about as positive as you ever get, BFL, so we'll take it as encouragement ! LOL.
16/08/2009 11:13:00
but true!!
16/08/2009 13:03:00
I thought the 'boo's' were actually fans shouting 'Keith'. Regardless of that. Good performance, could have got a few more. Not complaining, good performance. I think Watford may be looking towards the relegation scrap already. Such a change from the squad many clubs feared from a few years ago.
16/08/2009 13:04:00
There were some shouts of Keeeef, but there were boos for Quinn, a friend was in the South Stand text me after the game to say that there were a few in front of him booing.
16/08/2009 18:21:00
I also thought the 'boos' were fans shouting 'Keith'. I was pleased with our performance although, I also agree that watford were poor and will struggle to stay up if they continue like that. Leicester maybe a different test but I still expect another 3 points on tuesday. From what I saw of reading v newcastle I also expect 3 points next saturday, 10 points from the 1st 4 games would be a fantastic start!
100% BLADE
16/08/2009 18:31:00
Why would they shout Keith when Ched came off?
16/08/2009 20:07:00
Didnt Tracey come off at more or less the same time?
16/08/2009 22:01:00
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