Date: 8th December 2009 at 11:36pm
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Sheffield United couldn’t make it four wins on the bounce at Bramall Lane tonight, against a mediocre, yet resilient Nottingham Forest side.

The Blades had the lion’s share of play and the better of the chances, a phrase you wouldn’t expect to hear considering the differing form of the two sides. Mark Bunn could have taken his Christmas holiday early based on tonight’s display, but the concerns for the Blades came at the other end of the pitch.

In the absence of Darius Henderson, the Blades offered very little up front, Ched Evans playing almost as a holding midfielder, and Richard Cresswell’s hearty performance showing the striker’s lack of fitness.

Kevin Blackwell brought Andy Taylor, Ched Evans and Mark Bunn back into the side, Carl Ikeme missed out through injury, Lee Williamson made the bench, but Toni Kallio fell out of the squad altogether. Due to Evans’ positioning when the Blades were defending, any attacks in the first half saw Cresswell isolated up front, and the Blades showing a 4-2-3-1 formation.

United exploded out of the blocks, some slick passing play set up Cresswell who fired well wide after slipping on the moist surface. Actually, it’s been such a long time since I could say that, I’m typing it again in bold. Some slick passing play set up Cresswell.

Forest hit-back but three weak efforts failed to test Bunn, who caught one and watched the other two sail wide. Ched Evans snapshot from forty yards was comfortably caught by Camp, but it was certainly a signal of intent by the Blades.

Despite the advantage in terms of territory, the Blades were creating very little, but on 62 minutes the first save was forced, Jamie Ward’s header was too close to Camp, who pulled off an excellent save to deny the striker.

Stephen Quinn went close soon after, following a cheeky lob over the defence by Harper, but his outstretched leg couldn’t convert the ball past Camp. Substitute Camara went close soon after, when he carved out an opportunity for himself, but the ‘keeper was equal to it, as he was when Quinn slipped through the Senegalese striker moments later.

Kilgallon went on a maverick run upfield with 12 minutes remaining, and when Quinn found him with a clever chip he controlled superbly before a weak shot with his right foot was blocked.

United couldn’t create anything more in the final ten minutes, or the additional 5 despite the possession, and whilst on the balance it’s two points dropped there were certainly many encouraging signs.

Blades: Bunn, Walker, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor, Ward, Harper, Montgomery, Quinn (Stewart), Evans (Camara) Cresswell.

Unused: Bennett, France, Williamson, Little, Geary.


14 Replies to “Blades Unlucky With Just A Point”

  • Stephen Quinn was woeful in the first half but really made up for this in the second half and was united’s most creative player. I do agree Taylor had a good game last night and some of his distribution showed great vision. However, I don’t see him as a long term left back for the blades. The sooner Gary Naysmith comes back the better we have really missed his assuredness at the back. Up front Cresswell did a job but I think yesterday and probably last saturday show how much we miss Hendo. He is a class act and when we do play the long ball game he wins and holds up his fair share of aimless balls. CHED EVANS ON THE OTHER HAND IS A WASTE OF SPACE. The ammount of time he has lost the ball or shot from 80 yards out pointlessly this season must be up in the hundreds. I don’t think I’ve seen such an ineffective striker since Luke Beckett’s cameo performance at the lane. Camara made a big difference when he came on and its no coincidence his arrival marked an up turn in the blades fortunes. All in all deserved the win without playing too well. A draw keeps the momentum going and a win against palace will push us up that table. Up the Blades!

  • I slightyl disagree on the evans one – i want strikers to shoot…it shows hes trying to for over half the game his effort in the first half was the only one on target and took a tremendous amount of skill and ability to drive the ball like that…evans will come good

  • I agree think Ched will come good if only we played to his strengths. Give him a chance playing along side wardy and see how it goes, but then we wont have a wide player………. well we did till we got rid!!! Useless Blackwell!!

  • Forest looked nervy, but changed formation to suit – dropping more creative players, Camp was MOTM. Billy Davies being absent had an impact too! Happy with a point though!

  • we had nothing wide last night and the centhe park looked overrun in the first half. second half was much improved but we have to do alot more if we want to go up. for me we arn’t good enough or more importantly we arn’t managed good enough. billy sharp is proving just that!!

  • we need a striker with confidence. can we get sharp back? he is our player at the end of day. he is full of confidence and scoring for fun – we have a great you striker at the club its just the manager that hasn’t got a clue how to play any kind of footballer. regards to the performance last night – for me very average, nothing out wide very little upfront and the midfield is looking sloppy. its another point but i feel it was 2 points dropped last night – forest were there for the taking last night

  • I was quite disappointed with our first half performance. We looked nervy as Forest full with confidence knocked the ball about much more freely. However, a talk at half time coupled with a change in attitude had Forest on the back foot for most of the second half. How you can be disappointed with that performance i will never know? But for a couple of vicious corners and a couple of break aways Forest were distinctly average. I would argue our 2nd half performance was the reason behind that. We were in their faces and when we realised Morgan and Wilson were heading everything our full backs joined the attack more and some enterprising chances were fashioned as we kept the ball on the ground more often. If Quinn had longer legs or Camara had Kilgallon’s chance we would have won 1 or 2-0 and we would be sat in the playoffs brimming with confidence. Our two Centre halves were brilliant and Monty and Harper controlled the middle more than Mckenna and whoever it was with him. Before the game that was the area of the pitch we were worried about but it passed off without danger. Quinn had his best game for months which was pleasing but more so was the fact that their Goaly was MoTM – not many would have expected that before the game.up the blades

  • Our genius manager has already sold off the ability to get the ball wide. The way he deals with players is a disgrace… why was Bunn dropped against Bristol? Then he comes out and says he has a point to prove, if we only have 8 players in the squad signed up at the end of the season, we will struggle to get anyone in who wants to play for that idiot!!!!

  • We may as well have not turned up for the first 60 mins but I thought we did well in the last 30. Camara coming on made a big difference. He doesn’t wait for the ball and knows what he wants to do before it’s even got to him. The rest of our strikerforce should take note!! I thought Monty was impressive again last night and I think him and Williamson could make a good partnership. Defence seemed fairly solid too. Just a shame that we showed far too much respect to a very average side for 60 mins!

  • I have heard an unsubstantiated rumour that Curbishley will be in charge next season and henderson has already been sold to Bolton????? Think its rubbish to be honest but thats what my Dad heard. What do we think?

  • Maybe he got it the wrong way round. Perhaps Curbs is going to Bolton and Hendo is going to lead a players revolt and they’ll self manage, with the big man picking the team.

  • Think Monty suspension on sat will be massive loss – what a difference he has made since he returned – hope we can overcome this as 3pts on saturday are vital if we are to keep our as yet little run going!

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