Date: 27th February 2010 at 9:31pm
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It will be featured on television sets up and down the country all week, and it proved to be the winning goal in a seven goal thriller at Bramall Lane this afternoon.

With 24,000 Blades fans making their feelings known to Richard Cresswell after he was stopped by goalkeeper David Stockdale, he couldn’t believe his luck, as the on-loan ‘keeper placed the ball in front of him without checking the blindside. Cresswell then nipped in and rolled the ball into an empty goal a la Dion Dublin/Shay Given and send those same fans into a mixture of elation and fits of laughter.

What had unfolded previously had gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, as the Blades had almost managed to salvage a draw from the claws of victory.

Henri Camara had given the Blades the lead when he took Mark Yeates clever pass and sprinted clear of the Pilgrims defence before rolling past Stockdale.

Kallio’s shot from distance was comfortably held by the goalkeeper after Camara had blazed over from inside the area.

The Blades did manage to double the lead before half-time however, Yeates played a clever one-two with Kallio from a throw-in, and when the big Finn’s cross bypassed everyone, Jamie Ward lashed it into the top corner, from ten yards out.

Plymouth made a double half-time substitution to try and get back into the game, but within two minutes were three down. Nyron Nosworthy launched a bullet into the area which the visitors defence did their best to avoid, allowing Ward to take a touch before firing home his second of the game.

The Blades three goal cushion last just over a minute, thanks to Yannick Bolasie, who was allowed a tap-in at the far post when Mark Bunn failed to clear a Kari Arnason throw.

The home support died down as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck, leading to Joe Mason capitalising on Nosworthy’s mistake at the back to stroke past Bunn.

With ten minutes remaining, the Argyle barrage died down, and the Blades looked as though they could nick a fourth, with ten minutes remaining. Cresswell was put through by Evans, but was eventually rewarded for his hard-work with the goal that is sure to be on the Christmas 2010 blooper videos.

The five minutes added time were made nervous when Lee Mackie beat Bunn with a volley on the turn from eighteen yards but United were able to hold on for all three points.


10 Replies to “Stockdale Howler ‘Hands’ Blades Victory”

  • Since when does Ward look unhappy?

    He said not so long ago that he was loving life at the lane when there were rumours of West Brom Trying to buy him.

  • I agree with you, i don’t think he looks unhappy. He’s just having a bad spell of form. Do you really expect im to come out and say he’s hating life at the Lane though Luke?especially when the window has been shut now for so long? Wouldn’t be the brightest thing to do. Really pleased with our attacking display yesterday, and like everyone has already stated, the defence were a shambles. I’m busily trying to find a re-run of the last goal as i haven’t caught a replay of it yet! I was one of those in a fit of laughter!

  • I think it should be an appointment with our psychologist Laura for both goalkeepers after yesterday. At 3-0 we were cruising only for Bunny to be punching fresh air for Argyle’s first goal. That could have certainly cost us, however, Stockdale’s error will remain in the memory for a long time.

  • What a joy it is to be playing with 2 wide men again and a god send that Henderson is injured, would still like to see Ched playing in this system. I think Ward is playing well to be honest and nice to see him starting. After all thos positives, the defending was appaling and Bunn had a poor game. All in all a lot more positive

  • Sorry I missed it, sounds like the usual unpredictable Blades. We were at a wedding (couldn’t give it the usual swerve as it was our Goddaughter!) but managed to stay in touch via I phone. At 3-0 we were beginning to enjoy the wedding meal, then 3-2 and getting concerned, at 4-2 it was relax again, then at 4-3 we were looking at our watches. After the final whistle, seeing the oinkers get hammered at Reading and dropping into the bottom 3 really helped the beer go down well.

  • ive said before playing with two proper wide men (not quinny or williamson punted out to do “a job”) makes such a difference – it doesnt allow defenders to settle at all…I’d like evans to play but camara looks dangerous so ched will have to wait…I dont know about wardy being frustrating – hes very positive adn direct – could do with a few more like him…destined to move in the summer im sure – he’s better than playing mid table championship football…did anyone feel taht saturday had a real end of the season feel to it? No real intensity from players (prob due to opposition not meriting it) and the crowd gave a sense of it couldnt be bothered…still generally quite positve going forward (albeit against a shockingly bad team!) but last 40 mins defensively was terrible – really really bad and lucky that their lad didnt bury that last chance

  • as i’ve said before we only have ourselves to blame….we had a great deffence last season and we have completely ripped it apart, so how can you now moan and groan especially when fans alike deffend player sales? yes it did have an end of season feel to it gleadless and that’s because everyone knows our season is over……but the position we finish in perfectly suits our ambitions as a club so you can’t complain. if we had kept last seasons squad together and added 1 or 2 we would be looking at going up automatically now instead we are a lot closer to midtable averageness!!

  • Sorry Henderson suspended. I hate to think though that despite the team playing well, wehn he is available he will be straight back in. I also had a slight issue with the tactics later in the game where we seem to want to hold out and ended up inviting pressure on ourselves, i can understand this away from home but at home we really should be finishing off poor teams like Plymouth, plus it would give the crowd a great boost if we scored 6 goals!!

  • I actually thought Saturday was the sharpest Wardy’s looked in a long time! Took both his goals really well too. Shame the same couldn’t be said of the defence!!

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