In the end Roma we didn't give them space to play in, we just gave them the ball too much and completely stood off while they scored their goal. Punt, head, pass, shot, simple as that.
I've never seen a team go 1-0 up at such a relatively early moment in the game and then start blatant timewasting. Their 23, giving it to the kop when they scored broke his spine, his neck, and his leg but still managed to avoid the stretcher and carry on playing. Their keeper was inciting the crowd all game and wasted as much time as possible, which could have been nipped in the bud with one warning and then a card, but the ref chose to warn him all 17 times instead. No doubt the Blades will be fined for the moron who threw his bottle of pop on the pitch but boy did that keeper wind the kop up.
On to us then. We played some nice football at times and worked the ball out wide nicely, but when you have 3 players on the wing playing triangles, there's no bugger in the box so why toss it in to a defence with 5 in a line clearing everything with no pressure at all?
Apparently Ched played "through the pain barrier to repay the fans" - well he might as well been in fucking Rhyl for all the good he did. He was only in the thick of things twice, both times he was out wide smashing balls across the box when there wasn't a Blades shirt within 25 yards.
What bothers me is Clarke's absence for "personal issues", Sharp's absence due to "injury" and the same with Donaldson. IMHO Wilder is so stoked up about the derbu he's deliberately rested Sharp and CD for that match. Now, if we don't get anything across town the gamble will have truly backfired because make no mistake if we'd put any strikers out today we would have won that game. Norwich were competent and tidy and defended very well, but only because they weren't put under any pressure. If Sharp and/or Donaldson were fit today they should have played. 3 points today and take the risk, not give away 3 points and hope for the best in what is, after all, an away match next time out.
I think he's dropped an almighty bollock today, and Sharp and Donaldson are the only 2 strikers we have who can cut it in this League.
MOTM? Basham for me, with Coutts close secondas he ran out of ideas and passing accuracy as the game went on.
Finally a mention for Nathan Thomas today, came on late in the game in difficult circumstances and had a real go.