Another Horror Show at The Posh
Tuesday 9th March
Attendance: Very Few
Yet another abject performance on the road from United as the losing sequence continues. United never looked like threatening The Posh goal in a game between two very poor sides.
There were no match highlights to write about and I am not going to manufacture any. Against a team adrift at the foot of the Championship, United continued where they had left off again Palace on Saturday. A succession of fouls, free kicks and yellow cards, surrounded by a lack of any drive or commitment from the majority of players, summed the game up. A scruffy goal from Craig Mackail-smith after more comedy defending from United always looked likely to settle it.
The travelling fans got so fed up with what they were watching that during the second half they began to create their own entertainment with a number of amusing chants, one of which was 'we only want one shot' and when Camara managed an attempt at goal in the last ten minutes the fans behind the goal celebrated deleriously as if he had scored the winning goal. Manager Blackwell came in for a fair share of stick, being told to 'sit down shut up' by his own fans when he shouted instructions from his technical area.
A rare start for Ched Evans ended early in the game with an injury after a clash with the Keeper which brought Camara on, then Jamie Ward's dreadful first half was mercifully ended just before half time when he was withdrawn and replaced by Stephen Quinn. Williamson struggled playing wide on the right and was replaced by Yates and half time.
Individually there were many awful performances, candidate for the worst has to be Jordan Stewart at left back with Kallio obviously unfit. Surely it must be time to give one of the outstanding Academy players a chance, no-one could have less idea of positional play, control, tackling and passing than the much rejected Stewart. How he can be selected ahead of Andy Taylor who was on the bench is baffling.
Midway through the second half, with the game degenerating into farce, many Blades fans began to laugh at the error strewn efforts on the pitch. In an effort to get something out of the game, Chris Morgan was thrown up front in the last ten minutes and chose to pass the ball when presented with probably United's best chance of the game.
In the last League game between the two sides at London Road 28 years ago next month, a Sheffield United Team containing Keith Edwards, Colin Morris, Keith Waugh, Bob Hatton etc., left London Road after a thrilling game with promotion all but secured after a 4-0 win against a Posh Team who were then United's main promotion rivals. Last night's game could not have been more completely opposite.
QPR arrive on Saturday. Warnock is back at The Lane for the second time this Season. The home crowd will be waiting to get after the Manager and Players as soon as the first pass goes astray. The atmosphere will be hostile and aggressive, I'll bet Neil cannot wait!