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Blades Press Self Destruct Button….Again.

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Sheffield United

Vicarage Rd.

Saturday 12th March

Attendance: 12441


With just a third of the match played, it was game over for the meagre crowd at Vicarage Road, as two ex Hornets were already back in the Blades dressing room. Referee Whitestone ensured that the contest was effectively over before it had really begun when he dismissed Henderson and Williamson in quick succession.

United were already a goal down after 10 minutes following some comical defending. Mattock failed to close Buckley down, who crossed to no one in particular only for Collins to test his own keeper who could only parry for Graham to nod in the easiest goal he will score all season.

The warnings were there for all to see as early as the 5th minute as Mr Whitestone showed a yellow card to Watford`s Jenkins for an innocuous foul on Quinn. Henderson was then booked for using his arms in a challenge, followed a few minutes later by a second yellow for a late lunge for the ball in Watford`s six yard box which left full back Hodson on the floor, and stretchered off minutes later.

Henderson`s presence for 28 minutes had certainly given United a different dimension up front, he had held the ball well, provided a couple of good balls into the box and his sheer physical presence promised to upset the lumbering Taylor, but the old problem of heart ruling his head once again robbed his team of his potential impact on a game.

The frustration among the Blades players was plain for all to see, and minutes later it got worse as Williamson going for a high ball charged into Doyley shoulder first and referee Whitestone came running across waving his red card. Quinn could easily have followed Williamson as his angry protests in the referees face threatened to reduce things to a farce.

So after half an hour the game was over. Both sets of fans were denied any kind of a contest and predictably the atmosphere fell flat as both sets of fans waited for the inevitable to happen.

The second half was just a game of possession for the home side, though they never really capitalised on their numerical dominance as United`s nine worked hard to cover the gaps and limit the damage. The second goal came from a corner which was headed on by Thompson, pushed onto the bar by Simonsen, Taylor heading the rebound into the net.

Evans replaced Vokes, and then Yeates and Bogdanovic came on for Monty and Quinn who had run themselves into the ground and were totally exhausted.

The long suffering travelling Blades fans amused themselves by singing continually through out the second half, one strain of "Micky Adams Red & White Army` lasted a full 15 minutes.

Star Player

Only one contender, the thousand travelling Blades fans who were absolutely magnificent, singing loudly through out the game.

Glouces's View

This crazy season just goes on and on. Just when you think there is a glimmer of light after the win against Forest, we come up against a card waving referee and some boneheaded play from players who are supposed to be professionals. Add to that players who either are simply not good enough or don`t really care because they will be off back to their clubs once they have dumped us in the third tier, and the whole thing is a mess.

I am still waiting to see Doyle actually contribute anything to a game. Mattock continues to prove that he is the worst left back ever to pull on the shirt, and my heart is always in my mouth every time a cross or corner gets into Simonsen`s box.

My personal view on the sending`s off were that Henderson`s first yellow card was no more than a free kick and certainly not a card, his second yellow was deserved and could even have been a straight red having now seen it on TV. My first impression of Williamsons challenge was that it was a bad one, but with the benefit of the TV pictures, it looked like a yellow at worst.

Date:Sunday March 13 2011
Time: 6:35PM

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Totally agree that both Doyle and Mattock are either not good enough or not up for this fight. Williamson is almost as bad and oh how we miss Patrick between the sticks. Saturday was sickening after we had all received a shot of expectation after Tuesday. All we got was a shot of realism. We just aren't good enough. Not looking forward to Leeds tearing the Lane up on Saturday - hope we havent given them the top tier.
14/03/2011 13:39:00
agree with you sonof, and your old man. i thought the only people to come out of the game with any credit were the fantastic blades fans. the second half was just brilliant and that continuous singing of micky adams red and white army was the best i have ever heard. some of those players dont deserve us.
14/03/2011 13:51:00
oh dear, i couldnt make it, called my mates up during half time adn they were already back on the M1 adn another bunch back in watford twon centre having a drink....very disapointing - hendos looks deserved to me, especially as on a bookign adn willo, well it might be harsh but jumping and charging into an opponent with no intent on the ball you are asking for trouble - especially if the ref is as card happy as described...adn sonof, yep pretty sure they have the top tier too....makes sense too, might as well sell some tickets seen as there wont be many blades there...they sold out weeks ago- lads at work didnt get a sniff but many (apparently!) have bought tickets in the utd end
14/03/2011 14:32:00
Sounds like a recipe for trouble if Leeds fans are in the Kop on Saturday, thats all we need. Last time they came they broke the place up.
14/03/2011 17:30:00
well i dont believe they are glou, jsut what the leeds lads at work are saying..they spout rubbish most of the time....nobodys that daft anymore are they - not when its hardly a big game...
14/03/2011 17:39:00
Errrr.....We are talking LEEDS, Gleadless....'nobody is that daft anymore'!! If you believe that, I have a nice little one lady owner, low mileage car to sell you at a knockdown price!
14/03/2011 18:40:00
ha ha glou - know what you mean but it gets threatened every time we play them (adn wendy for that matter) and apart from a few daft wendies (less than 10) the other year no one has gone in other ends...load of garbage - mind you if they are in utd end theyll be ok cos theyll be hardly any blades in the ground! any they're all idiots who get involved in taht nonesense..quickest way to jail and never watching footy again being involved in that..sounds ok after this season!!
14/03/2011 19:08:00
LOL Gleadless, if you haven't watched United in the third division before, you might want to get involved in a bit of nonsense yourself on Saturday and get banned, it would save you a great deal of mental pain next season......Tell him Harrogate.
14/03/2011 23:55:00
i remember division three jsut fine glou - not the prettiest of football but some brilliant days out - the deane agana hat tricks at home ot chester, deano's equaliser at port vale, beating first division newcastle in the cup (mirandino and all!), alan roberts adn jock bryson tearing down the flanks, losing out to norwich in facup...was a brilliant season - having chesterfield doing the double on us less fun! enjoyed it last time and although i dont think we'll be coming straight back up chance to tick off loads of grounds..cant beat watching united some place new
15/03/2011 08:23:00
The way things are sliding you might well be ticking off some League 2 grounds the season after next... all aboard for Crawley.
15/03/2011 10:17:00
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