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Football League 2017/18 - 22-24th September, 2017


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all kick-offs 15.00 unless stated

Friday 22nd September, 2017
League One
AFC Wimbledon vs MK Dons, 19.45

League Two
Forest Green vs Swindon Town, 19.45

Saturday 23rd September, 2017
Championship
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest, 17.30
Bolton vs Brentford
Derby vs Birmingham
Fulham vs Middlesbrough
Leeds vs Ipswich
Norwich vs Bristol City
Preston vs Millwall
QPR vs Burton
Reading vs Hull
Sunderland vs Cardiff
Wolves vs Barnsley

League One
Bristol vs Blackpool
Charlton vs Bury
Fleetwood vs Southend
Northampton vs Bradford
Oxford vs Walsall
Peterborough vs Wigan
Plymouth vs Doncaster
Rochdale vs Gillingham
Rotherham vs Oldham
Scunthorpe vs Portsmouth
Shrewsbury vs Blackburn

League Two
Accrington Stanley vs Cheltenham
Barnet vs Crawley
Colchester vs Wycombe
Coventry vs Exeter
Crewe vs Carlisle
Luton vs Chesterfield
Mansfield vs Cambridge
Newport vs Grimsby
Notts County vs Lincoln
Stevenage vs Morecambe
Yeovil vs Port Vale

Sunday 24th September, 2017
Championship
Sheff Utd vs Sheff Weds, 13.15

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Best chance to grab a win all season. We've played Sheffield Utd, Wolves, Ipswich, Villa, Wednesday, Reading, Forest and Bristol City. 8 games, 4 draws and 4 losses. We've come so close against them all and especially should have beat Reading if not for referee decisions.

Weve played well but their confidence can only last for so long, not winning today could be a proper downer for the team.

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First win of the season, kept a clean sheet and scored three belters (though I can only find 2 online). This win has been coming and I'm glad it was done in that style, we've been outperforming teams left, right and centre but failing to win games. Bolton's manager asked are they in trouble now they've just lost 3-0 to a side who haven't won all season but they were in trouble before playing us, a hammering has been coming and really there wasn't a lot Bolton could do about the 3 goals.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Aaroncpfc said:

Great game that. Must be a really great time to be a Blades fan. Led by a fan, there best players are fans and the academy has bought through some great players. I hope to see them in the playoffs.

Agree on this. They've got a massive feel good factor about them at the minute. Wilder was an absolutely perfect appointment for them, turned up at just the right time. He's been promoted the last two years, it isn't out the picture they pull three in a row off either, only two points off the top - outstanding given what their team cost against some of the others up there, such as Wednesday themselves.

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3 hours ago, Aaroncpfc said:

Great game that. Must be a really great time to be a Blades fan. Led by a fan, there best players are fans and the academy has bought through some great players. I hope to see them in the playoffs.

We're pretty much in dream land.

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Any, that video is marvellous. Always had a soft spot for Sheffield United (even if their fans have been the most dull set of mongs ever since Gary Madine said something mean about Sir William Sharp). They're a club seemingly going somewhere after years of nothing, with a core of excellent players who were thrown together in League One, took the piss, now slotting into the Championship with no problem. Players like John Fleck, Jack O'Connell, Leon Clarke, Jake Wright, the aforementioned titty-liner Sharp - they have just clicked, and they're taking last season's momentum forward. 

I have no doubt they'll be found out soon enough, but I'm actually fancying a flutter on them to go up by the playoffs. Southampton did a double promotion years back, as did Norwich City - as did Man. City back when they were a real club. There's no reason that Sheffield United can't emulate that. They've got that core of talismanic players from League 1 that fared so well for Southampton (Lambert, Lallana, Schniederlin), Norwich (Holt, Hoolahan, Martin) and City (Dickov, Goater and Horlock). They are a club very much on the up.

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Bolton Wanderers, however, are not.

We are utterly fucked. There's absolutely no steel in the centre of the pitch, irrespective of what formation Parkinson goes for. Weak, limp, lazy - there's complete inaction all over the pitch - meaning that even when we do get forward, when the move breaks down, there is absolutely no protection for the defence. 

Against Brentford, we were up against a lone striker, so Parkinson plays his 3-5-2, totally marking him out of the game. However, that left acres of space for Brentford to saunter through. Other than the first 15 where we were actually semi-competent for a change, Brentford were laughing - hot knife through butter in that midfield 'battle'. Wonder goals, sure, but we were hardly limiting them to that - they could have had plenty more.

So. We're 9 games in without a win, 6 losses on the bounce (in which we haven't scored a single goal - a club record), the leakiest defence in the league at at least 2 per game. It's a mess, and while sure, the embargo meant we could sign only the shit nobody else wanted, and sure, we lost Josh Vela to injury on the first day - turning this set of losers and aimless wasters around is going to take a miracle comparable to parting the Red Sea, raising Lazarus, or getting the Mighty Ducks to win the fucking Pee Wee Championship.

Fuck off, you inept cunts. I'd only just gotten back to enjoying football again. 

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