Archive for tag: Kevin Blackwell.

Tonight’s the night? Newcastle United v Sheffield United match banter!

April 5th, 2010 | 322 Comments |

Will tonight be the night?
Will tonight be the night?
Could this be the night when Newcastle United regain their place back in the Premier League at the first attempt? Well, the maths are that if Nottingham Forest lose their match against Cardiff City, or The Magpies just manage to scrape a draw against the Blades of Sheffield United this evening, then we will be promoted in either of the top two automatic promotion places.

As the whole region waits in anticipation of the big match, the team news is generally good. Only long term casualty, Steven Taylor, and ‘One Size’ Fitz Hall will be missing from selection, and a full strength team will be expected no doubt at St James’s Park this evening. (more…)

Hughton gets all Churchillian: “we needed fighters and men.”

November 3rd, 2009 | 15 Comments |

Two points clear
Two points clear
Newcastle United’s 1-0 win last night wasn’t pretty but it did the job. Newcastle go back to the top of the table, clear by 2 points.

Hughton had this to say about last night’s game:

It was an ugly win. Sheffield play a style which makes it difficult. You have to be strong and resilient.

For the majority of the game I thought we handled everything they threw at us. We’ve just got to make sure we keep up the performances and stay where we are.”

I suppose he’s right. We did handle everything they threw at us inasmuch as we didn’t concede a goal, although Sheffield United only really looked dangerous in that respect at the end of the game when Harper produced some good saves. (more…)

Toon put to the Blade(s).

November 1st, 2009 | 29 Comments |

Sheffield Utd's mascot, 'Captain Blade'.
Sheffield Utd's mascot, 'Captain Blade'.
It appears that the current mutinous attitude of the Toon faithful is spreading around the country as fast as the H1N1 virus with the latest rumblings of discontent being voiced at Bramhall Lane, where more than 100 supporters stayed behind after Sheffield United’s last home match, to demonstrate at their recent poor form. With two draws and four defeats in their last six matches, they decided nothing less than the head of manager Kevin Blackwell delivered on a Sheffield steel platter would be acceptable.

His excuse of having had lots of players unavailable for selection due to injury is cutting no ice, even though United had 10 first team players missing for a recent match with Scunthorpe. Probably, the same fans payed homage to him at the end of last season when he led United to the play offs, after narrowly missing out on an automatic promotion spot. Fickle lot us footie fans.

So, the Blades go into this game on the back of a 4-3 home defeat by Cardiff City, having leaked no fewer than 10 goals in their last three games. (more…)