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David Spot on to rescue point

Sheffield United
2 - 2
West Bromwich Albion

Bramall Lane

29th August



David Cotterill rescued a point from the penalty spot after the Blades had been behind twice.

Full report to follow...

Date:Sunday August 30 2009
Time: 11:26AM

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Was it just me? Or did anyone else notice how out of sorts Killa was yesterday? Maybe he has something on his mind? For their first goal he was ball watching allowed Bednar to ghost away from him for a free header and for their second was wrong side of Bednar and nearly hauled him down and could have been an off early bath. Things aren't right there. Other than that thought is was an entertaining match, we did deserve something out of it and the crowd was loud and I am sure spurred the players on. Still unbeaten in 5 leagues games and above the Piggies.
30/08/2009 12:44:00
we showed yesterday that we need to bring some players in. we have one if not the smallest squads in this division. a 2-2 draw against the best side in this division was a good result however we lacked somewhat yesterday. we still havnt got that creativity and the midfield engine room looked really lacking. we need to show more killa instinct up front which is really dissapointing bearing in mind that we have just shelled out 3m on evans. i don't know where we are going to be this season but we need to show some ability and i dont think we are really doing. again we made some silly mistakes at the back and were luck to get away with it. don't think killa looked out of sorts really didnt have the best 45 mins in the second half, but you have to expect that over the course of the season. its up to blackwell to motivate and instigate things as well as bringing in the RIGHT players in the next 24 hours of the window. i know he's got a very good win ratio here at the lane BUT..... for me he has to do better and match the clubs expectations regards to players coming in, keeping our prized assets and playing the right tactics that is going to get us promoted. i just don't think he's the man for us sorry. if the club allow killa to go in the next 24 hours they all want to hang their heads in shame. player wise we need at least 4-5 new players my choices would be beckford 2m (he's on fire and a great age), bouazza 500k (good quality attacking player with pace), wood 750k (too good for the piggys & possible replacement for killa), tonge 500k (in a snip buy back deal), and someone like harper 2m (left in the cold at reading and desperate for a new challenge).
30/08/2009 14:05:00
dream on eh, with the execption of harper i think all the players mentioned above are very realistic posibilities - i honnest believe that blackwell doesn't know what he needs or wants. for me he picked the wrong team yesterday and i havn't got a clue what cotts has to do to get a regular starting place.
30/08/2009 14:09:00
WBA should have been beaten in the 1st half, we had all the ball in the 1st 45. I cant understand why ward is being played out of position wide right? Cotts should start and I would like to see ward and evans up front at home. Hendo suits KBs prefered away 4-5-1 formation but not 4-4-2 at home IMO. I think ward could be the pefect foil for evans up front. However, I thought it was an entertaining match but not a good result. A draw at the hawthorns would be a good result but, if we are going to be serious promotion contenders then we need to be beating the other serious promotion contenders at home. Last season we only took 4 points from the 2 teams that finished above us and burnley beat us home and away.
100% BLADE
30/08/2009 14:45:00
The positives from the first 5 games are that we have come from behind 4 times to get something out of games. How many times last season did we achieve that? The overall work rate and determination is encouraging. But what was Killa doing yesterday? Still I suppose if he was going to choose a game to have a mare, that was the right one with numerous scouts watching him, hopefully they will have reported back that he isnt up to Prem standards, and for any Wigan / Fulham / Blackburn / Everton scouts reading this, we certainly believe that he is hugely over rated and is lucky to be in the Championship let alone the dizzy heights of the Premiership.
30/08/2009 15:54:00
100%....Agree we should have won it by half time. Ward simply doesnt work wide, thought he was poor yesterday, Cotts gives us that width, but in the modern game wingers have to track back and work with their full back. Cotts has no positional sense whatsoever, is hopeless at any kind of defending and frankly can be a liability. Like the look of Treacy, when he is fully fit and can play 80 or 90 minutes he will be a real handfull. Lets hope by the time the pigs game comes around he is up to fitness, he is a match winner.
30/08/2009 16:04:00
Sorry glouc, we came from behind in 3 matches.
100% BLADE
30/08/2009 16:07:00
Sorry 100%, we came from behind FOUR TIMES, read what I said. Behind against Leicester, behind against Reading, behind against Baggies TWICE = coming from behind 4 times, as I said, Correct?
30/08/2009 17:00:00
tell you what i'd have claude davis back tomorrow!! we are talking that we need extra cover at the back well..he'd fit the bill perfectly for us
30/08/2009 17:55:00
first time ive been this season for a variety of reasons and its very hard to sum up yesterday for me without sounding too nagative - so i'll start with positives - impressed with the left back (solid defensively and gets forward and takes free kicks - although not great at that a very good additin from KB), came back twice in a game that last season we'd have lost, also impressive looking keeper. Right the negatives / concerns...the style of football is poor, after the first 15 mins we reverted to type sadly - in treacy,ward and cotterill we have positive wingers but we almost refuse to build our game about getting these players on the ball - cotts first run when he came on resulted in the full back being booked - he nver got a pass after that whereas every ball should have been to him knowing the full back couldnt tackle him for fear of red card. Also massive centre halfs like wba had will easily dominate hendo, (who i know had a bit of rough ride from refs but really does foul far too much -ashley ward 2?!) also on the long ball we completely neutralise ched evans - he wants ball to feet and on at 6 occasions i saw him drop five yards to get the ball but was ignored and we watched the ball sail over him...we dont seem to really improve players through coaching - i refer mainly here to killa and quinn - i think killa is very good, but he has one weak element in his game (and its happened consistently since hes beenhere) and thats he cannot handle a long ball (not just twice yesterday where he almost gave a pen away grabbing the players shirt and the goals but i remember norwich away under robson where i think evans scored)...all us regulars know this about him, and other teams will aswell yet thorugh coaching it doesnt seem to for quinn he still hasnt learned to look up..for me he offers a good engine, puts his foot in, battles and looks for the ball- but he's not much better than monty inhonesty at passing and we cant afford to have two men in centre mid who cannot pass well - i appreciate he scores a few but his and montys failure to play a good consistent pass wide means for me, we scrap games out rather than dominating - surely in order to open teams bit more hendrie has to be worth five games - yes i appreciate perhaps defensively we leave ourselves a bit more open but if the back four plus monts cant really handle most things we will struggle to press end positively though i think we have started the season (points wise) very well, KB has made a couple of good signings (cheaply as well) for my money, i just think that we need to play more positively and use our more influential players...please dont think im on a downer cos im not i just think that WBA were poor, especially first half and were there for thetaking but we dont seem to take advantage of teams
30/08/2009 18:26:00
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