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Blades Stung by Sordell Strike

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Sheffield United`s inconsistent run of form continued this week as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Watford after Marvin Sordell`s first-half strike.

The Blades, who were forced into changes, with recent injuries to Leon Britton and Kyle Bartley, recalled Jean Calve and Stephen Quinn to the side which also included Daniel Bogdanovic for his first start at Bramall Lane.

Mark Yeates forced Scott Loach into action early on, but it was Sordell who struck first to give the Hornets the lead on sixteen minutes. The impressive Danny Graham picked up the ball on the right hand side and fed across for the rejuvenated striker to slide in and put the visitors in front.

United began to struggle following the goal despite having had the early advantage, and the recently found passing game almost disappeared with a panicked Blades side unable to take a hold of the game.

However, Watford did have goalkeeper Loach to thank for the scores being level at half-time - the ineffective Bogdanovic crossed for Richard Cresswell whose header back across goal looked destined for the bottom corner, until the 'keeper stretched out a glove to tip wide of the right-hand post.

The second-half became a different proposition, with United looking the more assured side, and were unlucky not to grab a leveller. Bogdanovic turned his game around and looked the flair player who became loved at Barnsley, his touch and skill began to show through, and his work rate was never in doubt, but he will have been disappointed with his eventual contribution, wasting the Blades best two chances.

Twice he found himself in the area with a free header, one trickling harmlessly to the underworked Loach, and the other flicking off his head and out for a goal kick.

The hornets held on for all three points, and despite not having their goal flooded with opportunities will know it could have been a different story based on United`s second-half performance.

Star Player

Ritchie De Laet - The Manchester United loanee joined the club, primarily as a full-back, but was forced into the centre due to recent injuries.

However, the Belgian international put in an assured performance, and barely put a foot wrong all game. His confidence to move the ball quickly was refreshing to see, as was his assurance in the tackle, something that can't be said for his defensive partner.

Shep's View

It was yet another game we've come away from, saying it could have been a different result, yet another defeat nonetheless.

The first half was poor at best, and Speed himself agreed with this after the game, but the second-half was much better to watch. The Blades were patient in their build up, moved the ball well and will be disappointed they couldn't grab a goal.

It's often said, but it is going to click into place some time soon, and one team is in for a hiding, but looking down the fixtures it's hard to see when it's going to come, and the longer United struggle, and the new manager momentum will begin to drop.

With Britton back in the side, in place of either Montgomery or Ertl (not both needed in a home game), United will be lacking just one component, and the problem is, it's a key component - a goalscorer.

Cresswell gets goals, Bogdanovic could get goals, but neither of these two, nor Evans who was on the bench will attack a ball in the area. When a cross goes into the box, you want to see a striker charging towards it, and for now I can only think of Darius Henderson in the United squad who is anywhere close. He can make a difference in the side, but when he overcomes his injury is still not the final solution.

Date:Sunday October 3 2010
Time: 10:26AM

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I hope the potential investors weren't at BDTBL today, or they might be having second thoughts. I must admit I am getting a bit tired of hearing GS on the raido afterwards saying he got it wrong. I cant believe how bad we are at home following good away performances. Derby away was followed by Scunthorpe, Forest away followed by Watford, both were dire performances, think I'll stick to the aways this season!
03/10/2010 17:00:00
hes going to make mistakes glou, its only his 8th game as a gaffer - at least he holds hishands up - and he is dealing with players he probably doesnt want....reality needs to kick in, we are in a fight for survival until we can sign some players of quality - montys no good in the system in the second half - if we can get williamson back to fitness in place of him, a decent strong centre forward (maybe hendo) id rather see a strong and willing runner with strength to move the two centre halfs around a bit to allow evans / boggy / cresswell(who by the way is cheating more and more each game) to start getting into the box...there isnt too much wrong its jsut going to take time - theres a lot of crap at the club that arent good enough for a new style (were ok for KB's hoofball but not a new system) in quinn, monty and probably yeates (if he cold actually cross hed be ok but i still havent seen him land one!) but if the baord want to back speed and ultimately sell up / gain investment they need to give him a bit of budget to sign a few players - the club needs it as there is no competition and at the minute i think we are heading for a relegation battle...its a shame we sold chris armstrong hed fit in great in that 433 system...
03/10/2010 18:50:00
i feel a bit sorry for Speedo tbh, he's had no real options to change the way we play 4-3-3 or 4-5-1, as the players were bought/loaned in to play that system. Now if we can get De laet, in for the season i think we could switch to 3 at the back with morgs in the midle and bartley/nosworthy on on side and de laet on the other. meaning we can play 5 in the middle which would make space for Britton and monty and ertl. it would also mean being able to play 2 upfront. Discuss?
03/10/2010 20:00:00
Yes Gleadless I know he is going to make mistakes, but he does know the players capabilities, having been here so long. I'm the most patient fan there is, this season was always going to be tough as I have said many times, but I would have expected him to realise the first half tactics with Quinn and Monty wouldnt work. And Gazzda, away from home GS has played the 4-1-4-1 often.
03/10/2010 22:37:00
Why can all blades not get it into their heads that we are in a major transitional period. Both the personnel and more importantly style of football are in the process of an overhaul. 9 of the eleven weren't at the blades at the start of last season. I cannot see why we cannot see the possitives out of United's performance yesterday. Many a time I came back from a draw or even win last season depressed at how boring and uninspiring the play was. Ok yesterdays first half performance wasn't great but the second half was a lot better and more importantly a lot more entertaining. We actually saw some wing play which under blackwell was non existent. The ammount of pointless long balls has been cut drastically with the strikers recieving the ball more to feet. In many cases yesterday the fans around me got agitated at backwards or sideways passes but this showed a new direction in the Blades mentality that can only be possitive. Barcelona and Man United don't always go for the incisive pass they build and look for an opening. I just wish Blades fans would be more patient and less fickel. We need to understand we do not have the squad to push for promotion and Speed needs time to build a team and style. Watford are a team in form, well drilled and organised and we matched them throughout the game. Surely we have to look to the possitives.
04/10/2010 00:33:00
Gleadless & Southside - both fantastic posts. A bit of reality, and just sensible thoughts.
04/10/2010 14:34:00
DeLaet has made an impressive start, he had a good game at Forest following a good performance at Leeds, and on Saturday he was MOTM playing alongside Nosworthy. Quick and comfortable on the ball, he is the kind of versatile defender we need at the club, lets hope we can extend the loan and get a longer look at him, from his interview on RS, he sounds like he is enjoying it at BDTBL and would like to stay.
04/10/2010 18:57:00
Fair point Glou he did get it badly wrong inthe first half
04/10/2010 19:57:00
I think most reasonable Blades fans realize this will be a difficult season, but staying up is a must and with only scoring 5 goals in 10 games I am beginning to get concerned.
05/10/2010 12:14:00
Micksilver. you echo all our concerns, but I am confident that we will see GS's plans start to come together after this international break. Morgs will be back, Bartley will be back sooner than predicted, Britton will be fit and hot head Ward will have only one to serve. I think Boggy will establish himself in the side, and DeLaet will stay on a long term loan deal. Dare I mention that Hendo will be back in the Autumn!!'s that for optimism.
05/10/2010 17:40:00
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