Wednesday, April 18, 2007

So how did the Blades do?

What can we learn from last night's 2-0 defeat of Sheffield United by Manchester United, other than we would have liked a more decisive win to erode the Blades' goal difference?

I have to say that I did not watch the match, but followed it on Sky Sports News. Warwick District Council rules for conservation areas mean that we cannot have Sky unless we changed our telephone company and we happen to use BT for internet etc.

In the first half United were clearly up to their typical spoiling tactics of stopping other teams playing and winding up players, in particular Wayne Rooney, which isn't too difficult. The problem is that they will target Talal El Karkouri.

The Blades also did not put out a full strength side, how far particular players were 'injured' is not clear.

In the second half Warnock went ballistic after Blades were fortunately denied a penalty that Sky Sports News said was justified. However, how often do away sides get a penalty at Old Trafford?

There is nothing new about the 'homer' referee, particularly at a big club. I have copies of some of Jimmy Seed's notes on games and he was always complaining about 'homer' referees.

There is no doubt that it is going to be a tough game on Saturday. Sheffield United are a negative side whose style of play does not enhance the game. That is why it puzzles me when some Addicks big them up and present Warnock as an inspired genius of a manager.

It's not going to be easy, but we have to have belief and communicate that to the players with our enthusiasm and dedication to the cause.


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