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Treacy equaliser is FAB

Sheffield United
1 - 1
Leicester City

Bramall Lane

18th August

Attendance: 26,069


Keith Treacey rescued a point for Sheffield United tonight with a stunning effort from 25 yards with his wrong foot.

The Blades struggled for the first hour and went behind from a deflected free-kick but Treacy's speculative effort was enough to rescue a point an preserve the undefeated start for both clubs.

A crowd of 26,000 for the Tuesday night encounter which was helped by an excellent following from a the vocal City fans. Leicester pressed the Blades early on, and from the first few minutes it was evident that this would be a very different performance to Saturday's relatively simple victory over Watford.

Free flowing football frustrated the Blades, who were hurried whenever they had the ball and possession was often given away cheaply. Fryatt had an effort blocked by Bunn before being put through one-on-one, but again failed to beat the on loan stopper who raced out of his goal to prevent the Foxes striker.

The Blades first chance came after some interplay in the area, Evans and Ward combining to set up Henderson, whose effort was deflected onto the crossbar.

The referee issued a number of bookings in the first half; Taylor and Howard for the Blades, the impressive Wellens for City.

The second half continued in a similar way to the first, until City took the lead. Oakley's twenty five yard free kick was deflected by Fryatt, wrong-footing Bunn to put Leicester in front.

It could have been two soon after, Bunn saved low from Oakley, and Taylor was on hand with a last ditch tackle on Waghorn.

With the Blades behind, changes were imminent, Kyle Reid was stripped off and ready for action as Taylor burst down the left. The ex Tranmere laid off for Treacy who cut in and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner, leaving Weale without a chance.

The last twenty minutes saw a familiar sight for United fans, balls in the box and half chances wasted. The closest they came was a free kick shortly after the goal which substitute Stephen Quinn forced Weale to tip over. Despite the pressure, United failed to penetrate the Foxes goal and had to settle for a point.

Star Player

In the first half, the Vital man of the match was set to go to City midfielder Richie Wellens. However, an impressive second half by the Blades saw a few good performances, without anybody really standing out. Therefore, for his sheer power, resiliance and trouble caused throughout it goes to Leicester City winger Danny N'Guessan.

Player Ratings

Mark Bunn

Worried the fans when it appeared he picked up a knock in the first half, and conceded his first goal in a United shirt, but with Kenny facing an absence he could see his month's deal extended.

Kyle Walker

Last season's honeymoon may be over, and despite a good performance, the negatives may be becoming more apparent. The most obvious being Walker not knowing exactly when to get rid of the ball. It's good to see him explode down the wing but there are times when he tries to beat one man too many.

Chris Morgan

More of the same from Morgan, who had to listen to the Foxes fans 'questioning' his sexual preferences... like that will bother him!

Matt Kilgallon

The most encouraging thing about Kilgallon, which sets him apart from Morgan is his distribution. If he's in possession out wide, 'Killa' looks for a free player rather than just Henderson, and this performance was excellent by the ex Leeds man.

Andy Taylor

Despite a tumble in front of his own goal, Taylor impressed with a pretty solid display and his run created the space for Treacy's goal.

Jamie Ward

I can't help but feel that Ward is wasted in this unorthadox right wing position. By coming inside so often it means that pace is added to a fairly stale frontline, but when Walker is in possession, Ward disappearing leaves him without an outlet.

Nick Montgomery

Monty could be a candidate for Man of the Match after a solid battling display (I might keeep that in for the whole season). However, as I stated last year, as we chased the game and required some composure in the opposition half, Montgomery's flaws are exposed.

Brian Howard

Kevin Blackwell revealed after the game that Howard was suffering from tonsillitis, and on this display it showed. I've tried to defend Howard since his arrival, and his displays against Preston in the playoffs were excellent, but his showing tonight was absolutely abysmal. Due to my forgiving nature, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Keith Treacy

A magnificent goal capped off an adequate display by Treacy. In the first half he frustrated, as he opted to just help the ball on through the air, but as the game moved into the second half, when he brought the ball down, he looked very impressive indeed.

Darius Henderson

Like Howard, I've tried to defend Henderson, but the showing tonight was simply not good enough. He won very little in the air, and his passing was woeful. Billy Sharp, despite some lackluster performances in the past could/should have replaced the ineffective Henderson with around half an hour remaining.

Ched Evans

A quiet display from the ex Man City man. Very rarely in the game, and his frustration was shown when he passed the ball to Weale in the final moments from thirty five yards, when fellow Welshman Cotterill was screaming for the ball in a much better position.

Stephen Quinn

On for Howard: Half Time.

Not ideal, but a slightly improved performance after missing a game and a half (almost).

Kyel Reid

On for Treacy: 73

David Cotterill

On for Ward: 88

Date:Tuesday August 18 2009
Time: 11:38PM

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wow what a goal and on his wrong foot too. for me thats 'world class' scoring a goal of that standard with your wrong foot. awsome. wish i could say that though about the overall performance. we arn't showing any indregiants of a promotion winning side at all. 3 very average performaces in the league so far and a shocker against port vale in the cub. thought quinny changed the game when he came on and got an excellent reaction from the fans which was good to see. for me cotterill had to start last night and he also caused problems when he came on - he should be starting games now!! the officials were a shambles and the linesman on the south stand side was an absolute joke. the fa should be looking at incidents like this and fining them because it just ins't good enough and simply spoiling the game. moving onto the palace & bristol city game last week - can someone please let me what would have happened if a perfectly visible goal was scored in the playoff final but discarded like this one was? then for the oposition to go and score in the last minute? what would have happened then when so so so much was a stake and not just 3 points early on in the season? really is unbelievable and spoiling the game.
19/08/2009 12:08:00
oh yeh now NW is being slammed for his reaction, my god what can you expect - i would have walked my players of the pitch and straight onto the team coach home. bristol city should have allowed palace to run through and score the goal after the shocking decision was made. bad sportsmanship for everyone concerned at city i thought - cheats!!
19/08/2009 12:13:00
Not using France then?
Auckland Owl
19/08/2009 12:17:00
he's not good enough for us just a fringe squad player to come in when injuries occur. nevertheless he would have been a good first team player for you lot shame you didn't manage to get him eh?
19/08/2009 13:13:00
I'm sure he'd keep JJ sat on the bench every week, he started the first 2 games for you anyway
19/08/2009 13:42:00
Youl'll NEVER beat the Pearson! A man who knows how to lift a trophy! LEGEND of the boro!
19/08/2009 14:13:00
Auckland...No, France is only here as a squad player. I realise he would have been a star with your bunch of journeymen, but he was never going to be afforded that status at the citys big club.
19/08/2009 19:02:00
Still living in the past, eh MW. 22m on four new roofs ? Wow, all this and still 30m in debt ! Where is that finance coming from, perhaps Kevin McCabe is lending you the money to save the citys embarrassment when they bid for the World Cup venues. Hand painted steps and stands with tired shine certainly wasn't going to make an impression after the committee had seen the plans for Bramall Lane.
19/08/2009 19:16:00
go glouc--go glouc--go glouc, whats your lass feeding you of late ha ha
19/08/2009 20:54:00
She doesnt have to feed me when our poor neighbours are posting their childish semi literate garbage on our page, BFL !! Love it !
20/08/2009 13:58:00
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