Date: 14th November 2010 at 1:16pm
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Andy Reid`s beautifully taken goal after half an hour was enough to give the Blades all three points at The New Den this afternoon, and record the first win in five games.

Speed named Evans to play up front, Cresswell moving to the bench. Nosworthy reverted to central defense with the masked Kyle Bartley; Jean Calve came into right midfield, with Reid playing in behind Evans up front.

The opening minutes saw action at both ends, Simonsen had to make a save in the first minute then Reid`s shot after 3 minutes was held by Forde then Simonsen hung on to a well hit cross as both teams set off at a high tempo.

The home side created a number of good chances in the first twenty five minutes, United`s back four getting out of shape on several occasions, once contributing to a mass scramble in United`s box in the 15th minute. United were struggling to get into Millwall`s box, but whenever the ball reached Yeates he always looked likely to produce something positive.

After half an hour came United`s best move of the half. Stephen Jordan intercepted and with one touch sent Mark Yeates away, his well measured through ball found Reid in space at the edge of the box, with a defender closing in, Reid took the ball around him, waited for the keeper to commit himself then crashed the ball in off the underside of the bar, right infront of the fantastic travelling Blades fans.

Kyle Bartley dominated the centre of United`s defense, with some aggressive and determined defending despite his injury as the Lions continued to create openings, one timely interception preventing a certain one on one attack for the home side. Alongside him, Nosworthy was the usual curate`s egg of instinctive powerful defending and heart stopping moments of kamikaze.

As the half ended Evans headed just wide from a Yeates cross then Jordan hit a volley over from 25 yards out.

Kenny Jackett obviously had the hairdrier out at half time as his team started the second half with aggression and in the first minute created a chance for Marquis. Lowton then made a timely interception as Millwall pressed.

United continued to give away far too much ball but despite Millwall`s possession, Simonsen was rarely threatened despite the regular uncertainty in United`s back four where Bartley worked hard to pull things together.

Jackett made early changes to no avail as The Blades confidence grew and Britton and Reid began to get the ball down. Late in the game a couple of desperate theatrical dives were waved away by referee Bates as the determined Blades, superbly supported by the 1000 or so Blades fans ran the clock down.

Gloucs’s View
A determined, hardworking and committed performance. The much criticised lack of passion was certainly there today in abundance. Not pretty at times but with points vital to ease pressure on everyone, it was great to see every player putting in a full shift. The away form is good; Speed now needs to get the players to show the same determination at Bramall Lane. As always confidence makes a huge difference, keeping hold of Andy Reid until January must be top of McCabe & Speed`s Christmas list. Another gift would be the return of Ritchie DeLaet, with Morgan out for the season he would add a level of control to central defense.


13 Replies to “Blades Steel Tames Lions”

  • We’ve added a bit of class and have 4/6 points from two really difficult away games (should have been 6/6 but for a woeful refereeing decision). Totally agree with Glouc about Reid (a long-term loan could turn our season around) and DeLaet. Good to see change up front – it was getting stagnant. A really good striker signing is a must – I’d settle for 1-0 for the rest of our games but it won’t happen and we need to start scoring.

  • reid is a super player, just goes to show what can happen when you make an ambitious signing….these sort of ambitious signings would have got us promoted in the last 2 seasons for sure….for me the club missed the oppertunity to now be playing in the premiership. the last 3 seasons all we have needed is a bit of class like reid and we have refused to make the decision…such a shame. A much needed win, now we need to learn and start playing and using our brains on the pitch.

  • just seen the championship highlights and it looked like we got absolutely ******** hammered!!!! the only attack showed was the goal…good result but by the looks of it another crap performance….stephan jordon wants bleeding sacking the kid aint bothered at all….speeds got one hell of a job on his hands with that bunch of no hopers and a crap chairman that wants to sell off everything he can!!

  • I would encourage you not to form an opinion based on 30 second clips of games, read the reports of those who were actually at the game – not just we Blades supporters – read the national press as well. As I said in my report above, Millwall created a good number of chances in the first half hour, our back four were all over the place at times, we played long when we had to and rode our luck. But the overall message was that the pride, determination and work rate were back to what we were used to in Warnocks days, so from what we had seen recently this was a huge move forward. Incidentally, it was Stephen Jordans interception that set up Yeates for Reids winner.

  • i was a 7 minute clip actually and jordan made 4 bad mistakes at one point he didnt even attempt to make a tackle on the the edge of the box which any other day would have resulted in a goal. we looked absolutely shocking. you would think that the best chances in the game was summed up in that highlight period of which we created one single chance going forward which was the goal. if we created chances it would have been shown. if there was ever a smash and grab then yesterday was it from every write up i’ve read so far. Obviously you must have gone to a different game glouc…..what was pride worth of the display? yes they rolled their sleeves up and got totally battered for the duration against a team who only got promoted this season. Doesn’t exactlly fill you of confidence does it. great result yes…performance wise going from everything i’ve read and highlights (or none highlights from the men in red n white shirts)….absolutey awfull.

  • I think you need to get to a few more games to see things for yourself and form your own opinions rather than relying on film clips and heresay.

  • all i can see is every single newspaper report, radio commentry and stats list is incorrect then glouc?….No i don’t need to go to any more games thank you, i’ve seen enough of united to form my own opinions over the years….and things havn’t changed and never will…if they do they will be for the worse and not the better. The glass is 5% full eh glouch not 95% empty? FGS.

  • if Delaet’s going to preston, thats another favour from Daddy innit. and a striker from west brom???? who d’ya reckon that was? bednar? ******** hope not

  • I thought we played pretty well on saturday. Except for a few first half defending catastrophes we put in a really proffessional performance. The highlights do tell a different story and Millwall did dominate for the first 15 or so but i did not feel there was much threat after that. Do agree Bartley was a rock in the heart of defence. However, still feel he doesn’t ever jump when challenging. Reid is quality there is no doubt about it and Yeates looks like a world beater under Speed. Lowton was very good and seems like we may have discovered another gem of a full back. He may not have the attacking and technical ability of naughton or sheer athleticism of Walker but on Saturday some of his tackling and reading of the game was premiership quality. Still my man of the match has to go to Monty. Okay as I have always said his technical ability and passing is not the best. But in the second half it was a game made for him and he didn’t dissapoint the ammount of interceptions tackles etc in midfield really broke down any momentum Millwall could get. I did like to see a change up front but am still not particularly enamoured with ched evans. He just seems lazy and about three steps off the play. Equally, I still feel we need a goalie Simmo is not the answer? Discuss.

  • we need to get le-fondre in from rotherham, his wages wont be a problem and he’s absolute quality….we need something and he’s a proven goal scorer even if that is in league 2. the championship is garbage so the step up wont be a problem for himi don’t think…….the striker from west brom was bednar…..i’d welcome him at the lane with open arms he’s apower house of a striker and has a good eye for goal….he’s simular to hendo but better with his feet.

  • micksliver has it right – Ishmael Miller is the player it is said we wanted from West Brom but couldn’t afford his wages.

    I hope McCabe is more honest with his manager than he his with the fans re our finances otherwise GS could be wasting an awful lot of time and effort.

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