Date: 27th February 2012 at 8:13pm
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A 73rd minute header from home striker O`Grady settled this pulsating Sheffield derby. The first goal was always likely to settle a game between teams with totally different approaches to achieving their aim of promotion out of this awful division, but recent form was never going count for much, as is usually the case in these games.

The old stadium was jumping as Wednesday manager Megson ran around with delight at his likely stay of execution as the well orchestrated player`s celebration engulfed him after the goal.

The first half was an illustration of the differing styles, United attempting to play neat ball on the floor, using width at every opportunity and the home side launching the ball into the United box from set pieces and long throws. Collins and Maguire could have been forgiven for thinking they were back at The Galpharm.

Williamson hit the bar from a free kick, O`Grady headed a Lines cross over then Lowe was just short of turning in Antonio`s cross before Quinn`s through ball to Williamson saw Semedo clip him in the box. Referee Halse looked hard at his linesman before waving away penalty claims.

Simonsen made his first contribution of the half catching a 30yd free kick from Lines. Up front Evans strength and movement was giving Jones and Batth problems, the latter clearly clattering Evans in the box just before half time, referee Halsey once again was 20 yards away and looking towards his linesman for a decision, though he always seemed to be able to award niggling free kicks in non important areas without any help.

The second half was different again. Wednesday stepped up the pace and their aerial bombardment, Doyle and Montgomery struggled to retain any control of midfield and for the first time for many months Maguire and Collins began to struggle in central defense as the home side dragged United into an ugly, scrappy long ball game. Problem was that Wednesday are used to this style, United are not and failed to adjust to cope. In midfield the supply to the front two dried up completely as The Blades began to miss the creativity of Kevin McDonald.

Wednesday were clearly in the driving seat as the half wore on, United were giving away the ball far too easily, and failing to win enough second ball. For long periods United resorted to long ball as Wednesday were the more determined and aggressive, but despite all the home sides` direct play Simonsen was still largely unemployed.

Perhaps a little late, Hoskins came on for the fading Cresswell and Beattie came on with even less time remaining. Flynn who had replaced Montgomery a bit earlier had a chance but side footed straight to the keeper, then from his cross Hoskins brought a good save out of Bywater, flipping over a strong header.

Cue more hysterical celebrating from the blue half at the final whistle – we would have done the same – and both city clubs are very much in the frame for automatic escape in May.

Manager Rating
Interesting comparison of the managers after match comments. Wilson was balanced and mature, assessing the game and answering the questions in a realistic and positive manor. Megson once again let himself down with his childish and arrogant comments, but at least this time he had a good word for his players.

Gloucs’s View
A typical derby game. Great to see the old mausoleum creaking at the seams. Wednesday wanted it more in the second half while United`s usual patient game came unstuck under the set piece bombardment.

United have demonstrated the ability to adjust their game to most styles, but failed yesterday, allowing themselves to be dragged into a route one game. The lack of control and creativity became more and more obvious as the second half wore on.

Doyle and Montgomery are both holding midfielders and don`t work well together, I would have liked to see Williamson alongside Doyle with Flynn out wide to provide a bit of pace from the start. Monty was poor and got worse.

Any derby defeat hurts, but United have the two games in hand and now have an early opportunity to convert one of these into points on Wednesday.


10 Replies to “Blades Derby Day Disappointment”

  • The result was so predicatable with the form team losing. Really disappointing show in the second half. I dont believe that the only reason we lost was McDonald’s absence – we aren’t a one man team. We should have done better in this one but as everyone says we are in a good position for the ultimate goal of promotion…lets just hope there is no hangover against our bogey team tomorrow…

  • So we lost a difficult away game against a side in the top four and desperate for a result – no big deal, though sad to see we were dragged down to their level! I do believe the loss of McDonald was a massive factor (sorry SOGB) – true we are not a one man team but we need his creativity -Williamson has credentials here but is too inconsistent and the rest of the midfield (no disrespect) is limited. We badly need a loan signing of a creative midfielder or at least one capable of driving forward. It’s the missing piece in the automatic promotion jigsaw – the rest of the team is really sound. Wednesday is crucial – we need to get back to winning was asap

  • Gloucblade – interesting that you say – ‘Megson once again let himself down with his childish and arrogant comments’ you want to read back your report as it is littered with them!!

  • Your right Harrogate we need a leader in midfield,one with a bit of vision. as soon as I saw Monty and Doyle on the team sheet I knew we wouldn’t create much, Second half we were shocking. We need to win the next two games to put a marker down,I don’t like the look of those 3 away games on the trot, poor planning if you ask me!

  • Bitter pill for you guys to take at the weekend. Did you notice that the attendace in the OLD STADIUM was larger than fits into your fabulous sporting arena. Windge moan squeel. Its always someone elses fault and your always completly blame free.and for tonight only “COME ON YOU IRON “.

  • Mornin Radon, How are you feeling this morning? Guess I was right about the ginger whinger then eh? He already knew he was dead meat so his usual arrogant, childish responses in his radio interview were even more bitter and twisted than usual. The orchestrated players response (as I said) clearly indicating that they knew as well. Oh, and in case you missed it because of the crying, chest beating fowls on the phone in last night, Blades won again.

  • sad to see the ginger go he would have kept em down for sure. couldnt happen to a nicer bloke though, spot on glouc, easily wound up arent they. i think blackwell would do a good job for them.

  • I’m feeling fine Glouc. Everybody knew on Sunday that he was getting the sack after what had happened. Its you that are chest beating after scalping the mighty 10 man scunny. Lets hope you don’t bottle it without your star player e i e i o. Don’t think it will be blackwell though BB. Can’t see any self respecting club hiring a manager sacked by their bitterest rivals. Besides he has a high profile job with sky now. He installed his 1000th satelitte dish last week.

  • Oh, YOU knew about the poison dwarf being sacked before the media did you? Seems you were on your own according to the shock horror responses from everyone else. You probably also know that Milan “I am not a sacking owner” Mandaric is looking to dump the sty as quickly as he can so he can buy Rangers for a quid. But I guess you do owe him a debt of gratitude for saving the old club from doing a Portsmouth…..wait, wasnt he the one who got them into debt in the first place?

  • On derby day all the talk in the pub after – apart from how over rated you lot are – was that as Megson had reported MM to the league managers association, he had had it. The people who were shocked had not heard this but it was a quite well known rumour. MM could still buy Rangers if he wants as you can get around owning 2 clubs as long as they don’t play each other. Hes a business man so of course he wants to turn a profit. That said I wouldn’t swap chairmen. Good result today 2-0 up and 2 sent off. Happy days. I still think you will go up but if you bottle it now what a nightmare that would be!!!!

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