Sunday, 30 December 2012

Blades beaten after dismal display

Sheffield United lost to bottom side Hartlepool United after a dismal display that put them to the sword. The Blades were absolutely terrible in both half's with a pitch looking like a muddy field the game went on and in the first half  Steve Howard went on to score and set up a thrilling encounter. Howard scored a header in the 7th minute with a cross from Evan Horwood was steered passed George Long. After that Hartlepool continued to attack the Blades back line where Collins and McMahon were both absent struggled to cope with there intense pressure, Maguire didn't come to term's with his and Collins partnership been broken up. Then United went on the break and Doyle shot and scored after Scott Finders couldn't save his shot and it slipped through his legs(30th min). The Blades then went into Half time drawing.
2nd Half
United came back out from the first half looking to change there first half display but didn't and continued to lack any intent of getting a second. But then United came forward and Cofie shot but the ball slipped through to Flynn who went round the keeper and put the ball into the net but a poor decision by the linesman ruled him offside but TV replays shows he was completely level with everyone in the Pool back line. Hartlepool then went up the other end and slotted home a goal with Unitedite Ritchie Humphrey's scoring after shooting outside the box and just edging it pass Long. The Blades were weak up front after Cofie came off for Jordan Chapell and Kitson who was terrible came on for Creswell Doyle came off as well for youngster Joe Ironside. Then Howard went forward and with Long unbalanced scored another header in the top left hand corner in the 72nd minute. United pressed for a 2nd but couldn't find it yet. Harry Maguire was pulled down and reacted angrily but got booked and is now suspended for the game against Doncaster on Tuesday. Maguire went forward and Hill was brought down but Maguire scored the follow up in the 90th minute and it was too late the Blades were beaten and are now 1 point behind Tranmere and level with Doncaster. The attendance was nearly 21,00 again.
Here are Wilson thoughts:
 
Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"You've got to give a lot of credit to Hartlepool. They have worked their tails off and they got the breaks.
"Some of the breaks that they got were down to us and our poor defending. That was disappointing more then anything.
"They were better to the second ball. They played in a certain way which we found it difficult to combat.
"Overall we weren't at the races like we were a few days ago."

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