***Editorial Note- This piece was written on Monday the 28th October but had remain unpublished due to severe technical issues.
After the midweek appointment of Nigel Clough it was time to get back on the pitch and see if the new gaffer could keep the momentum built by caretaker boss Chris Morgan going.
The first test came at home against Crewe Alexandra.
The Blades took to the field for the first time under the new gaffer and received a warm reception following the great result at Peterborough. The team line up had no real drastic changes there was an alteration of shape which would no doubt mean the approach had mildly been adapted as much as possible in the short time Clough had before match day. Simon Lappin stepped in to replace Fabian Brandy who was reportedly ill.
Before kick off the Bramall Lane announcer Gary Sinclair, asked those in attendance to show their appreciation for all the hard work and commitment from Chris Morgan. The eighteen thousand plus rose to their feet and delivered a deafening round of applause for the former United centre half, hopefully Chris knows just how much the fans thank him for again stepping in and injecting some belief and passion back into the team. Nigel Clough joined in with the applause and showed his respect. One thing that has to be noted is that if Nigel wants success at The Lane one man he needs to liaise with and seek advise from, especially when it comes to characters in the dressing room, is Chris Morgan.
The game itself had a fast and furious start, a few overzealous tackles and attempted killer balls, United had the majority of early play. Michael Doyle gave away an early foul making a strong hard challenge setting the tone that The Blades were ready to battle, something the team was lacking under David Weir. Doyle also tried to mimic his goal from the last home game on the ten minute mark, unfortunately this time the ball lifted
The Blades looked very rigid early on, no doubt still adapting to the new game plan and the balls going forward were not of very good quality, teething problems the new boss will no doubt have to work on in the week. The Blades also found it a struggle to win any headers, or get to the second ball. All in all it was still an improvement from the Weir tactics but the new philosophy will take time to take to adapt to, and what The Blades needed desperately at this point was a confidence boost. That Boost came as McGinn was
The Blades won them selves a corner before the half hour mark, McGinn again with the delivery, this time hit high and strong, lofted towards the back post where again Sheffield United starlet Harry Maguire was waiting. A free header across the face of goal before nestling into the goal, doubling the lead and Maguire establishing himself as Sheffield United's leading scorer so far in the campaign. The ground again erupted two
The second half started more brightly for Crewe who were now keeping the ball down as much as possible, they had a chance to pull one back, play switched to the wing where a smart curling lobbed ball was played
|Picture Courtosy of Dan Wynn|