Cherries: Howe's men blunted by the Blades

CHERRIES suffered their first home League One defeat since September as Jamie Murphy’s early goal earned Sheffield United a 1-0 win this afternoon.

Unbeaten in third-flight action at Dean Court since Eddie Howe’s return, Cherries saw that proud record ended by the resilient and well-organised Blades.

Barry Robson hit the crossbar for the visitors before Cherries duo Lewis Grabban and Harry Arter both came close in a blistering start to the promotion showdown.

But after Murphy had found the net from close range to give the Bramall Lane outfit a one-goal advantage, there proved no way back for Cherries as they were condemned to back-to-back losses.

Demonstrating the close nature of the division, the win lifted Sheffield United to the summit, while Cherries dropped to sixth.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe made one change following the 2-0 loss at Preston last time out, with Eunan O’Kane restored to central midfield in place on Shaun MacDonald, who dropped to the bench.

The Blades were unsurprisingly unchanged on the back of three successive wins and their vastly-experienced line-up included seasoned Premier League performers such as Danny Higginbotham and Dave Kitson.

With plenty on the line for the promotion rivals, the match burst into life at a furious pace.

Cherries’ defence was almost unlocked within three minutes courtesy of a route-one raid. Higginbotham’s aerial ball found Robson galloping into space via a Kitson flick-on and the former Celtic man reduced Shwan Jalal to a spectator as he crashed a dipping left-footer off the crossbar.

Relieved to escape the close call, Cherries’ response was immediate.

A surging run from the recalled O’Kane saw him scamper into enemy territory and when his clever pass teed up the onrushing Lewis Grabban, it took a solid parry from George Long to deny Cherries’ leading marksman.

Still on the front foot, Cherries were then denied after a trademark corner routine had baffled the Blades. After Brett Pitman’s drive had been blocked, Harry Arter latched on to the loose ball and launched a ferocious drive, only to see visiting skipper Michael Doyle produce a sensational goal-line clearance.

Higginbotham’s header forced Jalal into a diving save before Grabban was yellow carded amid growing frustrating from Cherries towards the decisions of referee Gary Sutton.

Those frustrations grew further when the Blades took a 20th-minute lead through Murphy, who profited from a Marcos Painter slip before lashing home the rebound after his initial close-range shot had hit the post.

Danny Wilson’s men then made life even more difficult for Cherries as the visitors packed the midfield and looked solid, hard working and strong.

Despite plenty of possession, Cherries found chances few and far between and lacked an incisive, cutting edge against the Blades.

A storming run by Arter late in the opening period was the closest they came, but he was crowded out just as he had shaped to shoot.

Brighton loan man Painter was taken off at half-time for the second match in a row, with Howe introducing Josh McQuoid and moving Matt Ritchie to left-back.

Cherries appeared better for the change and looked far brighter during the early skirmishes of the second half.

An exceptional Pitman pass split the Blades defence and almost landed perfectly for the onrushing Grabban, only for the frontman to be deceived by the bounce at a crucial moment.

As the fractious element of the contest continued, referee Sutton deemed no action necessary after Pitman had hit the deck in an off-the-ball incident involving Blades defender Neill Collins.

The mood of Cherries' players and supporters was not improved when the Lincolnshire official then waved away a vociferous – albeit ambitious looking – penalty claim after O’Kane’s cross had been blocked at close range.

With Cherries still struggling to find a way through, Ryan Fraser was called from the bench to make his Cherries debut as Pitman made way.

Matt Tubbs was then thrown on in place of Grabban as Howe put his faith in the new-look attacking duo of Tubbs and McQuoid, supported by wide men Pugh and Fraser.

Blades defender Harry Maguire, solid as a rock at centre-half, forced keeper Long into a nervous tip over the bar when he almost sliced a dangerous Ritchie cross into his own net.

And while McQuoid and Tubbs showed signs of sparking Cherries into life, Maguire’s slice was the only serious piece of work for Long as the Blades held on to win a hard-fought yet disappointing clash.

Cherries: (4-4-2) Jalal; Francis, Cook, Seaborne, Painter (McQuoid, h-t); Ritchie, Arter, O’Kane, Pugh; Grabban (Tubbs, 73), Pitman (Fraser, 68). Unused subs: Hughes, Fogden, MacDonald, Allsop (g/k).

Booked: Grabban, Arter

Blades: (4-4-2) Long; McMahon, Maguire, Collins, Higginbotham; Robson (Poleon, 85), Doyle, McDonald, Flynn; Kitson, Murphy. Unused subs: Westlake, Hill, Ironside, McFadzean, De Girolamo, Coyne (g/k).

Booked: Robson, Doyle

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire)

Attendance: 8,497 (including 1,177 away supporters)

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5:35pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

I don't mind losing to a better team, but e didn't. The hustled and bullied their way to victory, aided to extremely inept officials. BLATANT penalties not given, let alone all the corners, free kicks and throw ins. Credit to Harry Arter for actually staying on the pitch, I'd of lost it!! Sheffields tactics had out of desperation and they succeeded so they'd say it worked. but a strong, decent referee would not of been suckered in. They were lucky to have 11 players left on the pitch. Nothing to do with sour grapes, simply pure fact. As I said, I don't mind losing to a better team, but we didn't!!! UTCIAD
I don't mind losing to a better team, but e didn't. The hustled and bullied their way to victory, aided to extremely inept officials. BLATANT penalties not given, let alone all the corners, free kicks and throw ins. Credit to Harry Arter for actually staying on the pitch, I'd of lost it!! Sheffields tactics had out of desperation and they succeeded so they'd say it worked. but a strong, decent referee would not of been suckered in. They were lucky to have 11 players left on the pitch. Nothing to do with sour grapes, simply pure fact. As I said, I don't mind losing to a better team, but we didn't!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
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5:37pm Sat 23 Feb 13

lockandload says...

Well, thats my saturday evening down the pan. I am looking for the cat to kick and if the wife was in I woud start a arguement
Well, thats my saturday evening down the pan. I am looking for the cat to kick and if the wife was in I woud start a arguement lockandload
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5:39pm Sat 23 Feb 13

smhinto says...

On my Way back from Northampton at the mo.
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No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured.
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Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton.
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I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs.
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Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement.
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I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field.
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Regards
On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards smhinto
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5:44pm Sat 23 Feb 13

lockandload says...

smhinto wrote:
On my Way back from Northampton at the mo.
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No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured.
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Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton.
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I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs.
.
Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement.
.
I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field.
.
Regards
I dont know who you are? but you are certainly not a AFCB supporter. Well I found my cat, now just waiting for the wie to come home!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards[/p][/quote]I dont know who you are? but you are certainly not a AFCB supporter. Well I found my cat, now just waiting for the wie to come home! lockandload
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5:51pm Sat 23 Feb 13

alasdair1967 says...

smhinto wrote:
On my Way back from Northampton at the mo.
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No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured.
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Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton.
.
I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs.
.
Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement.
.
I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field.
.
Regards
You don't waste much time to gloat do you if the result had gone the other way I'm sure you would not have been so quick post

Regards
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards[/p][/quote]You don't waste much time to gloat do you if the result had gone the other way I'm sure you would not have been so quick post Regards alasdair1967
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5:54pm Sat 23 Feb 13

dustbindanny says...

We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?
We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..? dustbindanny
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6:03pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Jim_Springbourne says...

No, we lost due to a defensive mistake and a lack of cutting edge up front.
We are definitely missing Elphick and Daniels at the back and the lack of the latter is also having a detrimental effect on Pughy as well.

No denying that the ref was poor and don't get me started on Sheff Utd's gamesmanship.... I really hate teams that conduct themselves like that.
No, we lost due to a defensive mistake and a lack of cutting edge up front. We are definitely missing Elphick and Daniels at the back and the lack of the latter is also having a detrimental effect on Pughy as well. No denying that the ref was poor and don't get me started on Sheff Utd's gamesmanship.... I really hate teams that conduct themselves like that. Jim_Springbourne
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6:06pm Sat 23 Feb 13

dustbindanny says...

Smhinto, I actually agree with you tonight, our attack was abysmal, today,s game cried out for a target man ' Steve fletcher type' of player, as against preston, we fired blanks, have our strikers all had a vasectomy?
Smhinto, I actually agree with you tonight, our attack was abysmal, today,s game cried out for a target man ' Steve fletcher type' of player, as against preston, we fired blanks, have our strikers all had a vasectomy? dustbindanny
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6:07pm Sat 23 Feb 13

lymicherry says...

Let's not get sidetracked by pointless arguments about an admittedly poor referee. The bottom line is that Sheffield United won deservedly because they were marginally less poor than we were. Desperately disappointing game in a surprisingly flat atmosphere - too many Bournemouth fans ranting at the officials instead of getting behind the team?
Let's not get sidetracked by pointless arguments about an admittedly poor referee. The bottom line is that Sheffield United won deservedly because they were marginally less poor than we were. Desperately disappointing game in a surprisingly flat atmosphere - too many Bournemouth fans ranting at the officials instead of getting behind the team? lymicherry
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6:09pm Sat 23 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
I don't mind losing to a better team, but e didn't. The hustled and bullied their way to victory, aided to extremely inept officials. BLATANT penalties not given, let alone all the corners, free kicks and throw ins. Credit to Harry Arter for actually staying on the pitch, I'd of lost it!! Sheffields tactics had out of desperation and they succeeded so they'd say it worked. but a strong, decent referee would not of been suckered in. They were lucky to have 11 players left on the pitch. Nothing to do with sour grapes, simply pure fact. As I said, I don't mind losing to a better team, but we didn't!!! UTCIAD
Agreed.
We did not pass the ball as well as we can but I have to say that a referee of that calibre refereeing a South American football match would not make it home!!!! He was an insult to football.

Like you I have no problem to lose to a better team but as I said few days back we could lose the game simply on a poor referee decision alas my words have come true.

Many thanks for your condolences, sad as it is he is now in a better place and free from pain.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: I don't mind losing to a better team, but e didn't. The hustled and bullied their way to victory, aided to extremely inept officials. BLATANT penalties not given, let alone all the corners, free kicks and throw ins. Credit to Harry Arter for actually staying on the pitch, I'd of lost it!! Sheffields tactics had out of desperation and they succeeded so they'd say it worked. but a strong, decent referee would not of been suckered in. They were lucky to have 11 players left on the pitch. Nothing to do with sour grapes, simply pure fact. As I said, I don't mind losing to a better team, but we didn't!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Agreed. We did not pass the ball as well as we can but I have to say that a referee of that calibre refereeing a South American football match would not make it home!!!! He was an insult to football. Like you I have no problem to lose to a better team but as I said few days back we could lose the game simply on a poor referee decision alas my words have come true. Many thanks for your condolences, sad as it is he is now in a better place and free from pain. nonnogeppetto
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6:09pm Sat 23 Feb 13

West moors 1 says...

My goodness that was the worst display of refereeing I have seen for many a season. It did affect the result and if he isn't demoted to conference league or Sunday morning football I will be making a formal complaint to the FA. But let's not forget we only had 1 shot on goal and that was in the first few minutes, we must shoot more! It's alright playing good football to the opposition box but unless we pull the trigger there's no point. Pitman, wake up and wise up, you have to work harder. Painter, please go back to Brighton. Arter, please pass to our players. Having a moan, just so disappointed we are loosing our momentum for promotion.
My goodness that was the worst display of refereeing I have seen for many a season. It did affect the result and if he isn't demoted to conference league or Sunday morning football I will be making a formal complaint to the FA. But let's not forget we only had 1 shot on goal and that was in the first few minutes, we must shoot more! It's alright playing good football to the opposition box but unless we pull the trigger there's no point. Pitman, wake up and wise up, you have to work harder. Painter, please go back to Brighton. Arter, please pass to our players. Having a moan, just so disappointed we are loosing our momentum for promotion. West moors 1
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6:15pm Sat 23 Feb 13

joetheman says...

sorry but inspite of the sheffield extra man and time wasting,we did not deserve anything from the game,defence a shambles,forwards shot shy all this passing around looks pretty but the ball has to go forward to score goals, Pitman totally inept again give him a clear cut chance or a penalty and he will score goals,ask him to run and he his incapable,ritchie looked good,painter well im glad he is only on loan and not been bought,
sorry but inspite of the sheffield extra man [referee] and time wasting,we did not deserve anything from the game,defence a shambles,forwards shot shy all this passing around looks pretty but the ball has to go forward to score goals, Pitman totally inept again give him a clear cut chance or a penalty and he will score goals,ask him to run and he his incapable,ritchie looked good,painter well im glad he is only on loan and not been bought, joetheman
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6:16pm Sat 23 Feb 13

bibocherry says...

Smhinto, people slate you for the sake of it but you actually have some valid points. We truly needed a target man today and we were certainly missing Elphick and Daniels, Sheffield were bully boys and got away with it. Ref biased towards them. Still onwards and hopefully upwards. Could Jason Pearce not come on loan to us rather than warm the bench?
Smhinto, people slate you for the sake of it but you actually have some valid points. We truly needed a target man today and we were certainly missing Elphick and Daniels, Sheffield were bully boys and got away with it. Ref biased towards them. Still onwards and hopefully upwards. Could Jason Pearce not come on loan to us rather than warm the bench? bibocherry
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6:27pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Bmthboys says...

lymicherry wrote:
Let's not get sidetracked by pointless arguments about an admittedly poor referee. The bottom line is that Sheffield United won deservedly because they were marginally less poor than we were. Desperately disappointing game in a surprisingly flat atmosphere - too many Bournemouth fans ranting at the officials instead of getting behind the team?
Haha,don't fink the ref had anyfink to do wiv that.it's the same everytime at bmth,WE NEVER get behind the boys wen they need it,NEVER!a big game to get in voice and STILL can't b heard!
[quote][p][bold]lymicherry[/bold] wrote: Let's not get sidetracked by pointless arguments about an admittedly poor referee. The bottom line is that Sheffield United won deservedly because they were marginally less poor than we were. Desperately disappointing game in a surprisingly flat atmosphere - too many Bournemouth fans ranting at the officials instead of getting behind the team?[/p][/quote]Haha,don't fink the ref had anyfink to do wiv that.it's the same everytime at bmth,WE NEVER get behind the boys wen they need it,NEVER!a big game to get in voice and STILL can't b heard! Bmthboys
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6:30pm Sat 23 Feb 13

bibocherry says...

Nonogepetto - I did not realise that your brother has passed. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Nonogepetto - I did not realise that your brother has passed. My thoughts are with you and your family. bibocherry
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6:30pm Sat 23 Feb 13

bibocherry says...

Nonogepetto - I did not realise that your brother has passed. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Nonogepetto - I did not realise that your brother has passed. My thoughts are with you and your family. bibocherry
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6:36pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

Same old story, comes to the big games and we fail to deliver, one shot on goal in 90 minutes not good enough at home, why bother with rubbish loan left backs when richie was doing a fine temp job, Yes the ref was park league but so were we, just admit we cant get through ten behind the ball, only just did against Pompey, we are not good enough when it comes to the crunch, Coventry on Tuesday lose that and forget going up, !!!
Same old story, comes to the big games and we fail to deliver, one shot on goal in 90 minutes not good enough at home, why bother with rubbish loan left backs when richie was doing a fine temp job, Yes the ref was park league but so were we, just admit we cant get through ten behind the ball, only just did against Pompey, we are not good enough when it comes to the crunch, Coventry on Tuesday lose that and forget going up, !!! jakeysredd
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6:44pm Sat 23 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

GET DEMOUGE BACK NOW EDDIE, OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO HEIGHT ADVANTAGE IN THE FINAL THIRD!!

PS Sorry for the CAPS just very angry after that performance, Sheff Utd will go up, i know they don't play pretty but they get results and at this stage of the season this is what you need badly!!!
GET DEMOUGE BACK NOW EDDIE, OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO HEIGHT ADVANTAGE IN THE FINAL THIRD!! PS Sorry for the CAPS just very angry after that performance, Sheff Utd will go up, i know they don't play pretty but they get results and at this stage of the season this is what you need badly!!! big_afcb_fan
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6:44pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

And to mention Sheffield U.T.D Gamesmanship, we would be doing exactly the same if one up at their stadium, we need to get the blinkers off and win these games if we want to go up, too may players having off days will not get us up, come on Eddie sort it out for tuesday,
And to mention Sheffield U.T.D Gamesmanship, we would be doing exactly the same if one up at their stadium, we need to get the blinkers off and win these games if we want to go up, too may players having off days will not get us up, come on Eddie sort it out for tuesday, jakeysredd
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6:46pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Tom Griffiths of Bransgore says...

It's tough at the top, particularly in this league. We all knew this game would be close and so it proved,only one goal in it and certainly nothing to get too worried about. At this stage any team in the first ten could get to an automatic promotion position and I am delighted that our team is well placed in that group.
We have done remarkably well to get where we are, so on to the next game with the hope that we can win it.
It's tough at the top, particularly in this league. We all knew this game would be close and so it proved,only one goal in it and certainly nothing to get too worried about. At this stage any team in the first ten could get to an automatic promotion position and I am delighted that our team is well placed in that group. We have done remarkably well to get where we are, so on to the next game with the hope that we can win it. Tom Griffiths of Bransgore
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6:46pm Sat 23 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

Yep Tuesday is now must win against Cov. Otherwise mid table mediocrity awaits at the end of April.
Yep Tuesday is now must win against Cov. Otherwise mid table mediocrity awaits at the end of April. big_afcb_fan
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6:55pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

dustbindanny wrote:
We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?
The ref came from Lancashire, obviously geography not your top subject, he was awful agreed, we had one shot on goal all game, we are never going up if we cant beat an organised side like sheff utd, lets see how we do against Coventry on tuesday now, that will show if we have a chance, same old story when it comes to the crunch we fall short, lot of players off the pace today , Think Eddie has tried a bit too clever with the left back position, Ritchie was doing ok as a temp, why get in this painter guy ????
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?[/p][/quote]The ref came from Lancashire, obviously geography not your top subject, he was awful agreed, we had one shot on goal all game, we are never going up if we cant beat an organised side like sheff utd, lets see how we do against Coventry on tuesday now, that will show if we have a chance, same old story when it comes to the crunch we fall short, lot of players off the pace today , Think Eddie has tried a bit too clever with the left back position, Ritchie was doing ok as a temp, why get in this painter guy ???? jakeysredd
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6:58pm Sat 23 Feb 13

theoldfolk says...

Eddie out
Eddie out theoldfolk
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6:59pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Mike Oxbig says...

We are staying down, say we are staying down.... At least our council tax won't go up due to the extra policing at Dean Court every Saturday. All too east to blame the official. He saw what he saw. Another loss on Tuesday will see us hit mid table mediocracy for yet another season. At least I now save £20.00 every other week. Regards.
We are staying down, say we are staying down.... At least our council tax won't go up due to the extra policing at Dean Court every Saturday. All too east to blame the official. He saw what he saw. Another loss on Tuesday will see us hit mid table mediocracy for yet another season. At least I now save £20.00 every other week. Regards. Mike Oxbig
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7:01pm Sat 23 Feb 13

cherrygood says...

Sheffield came with a game plan, scored early and put ten men behind the ball for the rest of the game. They had a couple of big fat centre backs who were surprisingly mobile and we never got a sniff. Infact im not sure who will be first to the pie shop after the game, them or the ref.

The game was pretty short on entertainment, in fact if it wasn't for the poor refereeing and resultant aggro between the players id have been bored and frozen stiff.

I liked the look of Fraser when he came on and Ritchie is a live wire but not yet in tune with the rest of the team. Agree we miss Elphick and Daniels badly.

Still rest of results went ok and although we dropped four places we are still well in the mix and a win against Cov midweek who are on a poor run will put things right.
Sheffield came with a game plan, scored early and put ten men behind the ball for the rest of the game. They had a couple of big fat centre backs who were surprisingly mobile and we never got a sniff. Infact im not sure who will be first to the pie shop after the game, them or the ref. The game was pretty short on entertainment, in fact if it wasn't for the poor refereeing and resultant aggro between the players id have been bored and frozen stiff. I liked the look of Fraser when he came on and Ritchie is a live wire but not yet in tune with the rest of the team. Agree we miss Elphick and Daniels badly. Still rest of results went ok and although we dropped four places we are still well in the mix and a win against Cov midweek who are on a poor run will put things right. cherrygood
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7:15pm Sat 23 Feb 13

YafcbY says...

Going to be difficult from now on. Lots of injuries to key defenders and midfield. It's going to be very very tough.
Going to be difficult from now on. Lots of injuries to key defenders and midfield. It's going to be very very tough. YafcbY
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7:29pm Sat 23 Feb 13

snake hips says...

Poor performance from afcb and the officials what we need is a target man and marv to return
Poor performance from afcb and the officials what we need is a target man and marv to return snake hips
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7:35pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

jakeysredd wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?
The ref came from Lancashire, obviously geography not your top subject, he was awful agreed, we had one shot on goal all game, we are never going up if we cant beat an organised side like sheff utd, lets see how we do against Coventry on tuesday now, that will show if we have a chance, same old story when it comes to the crunch we fall short, lot of players off the pace today , Think Eddie has tried a bit too clever with the left back position, Ritchie was doing ok as a temp, why get in this painter guy ????
Sorry it was lincolnshire whoops
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?[/p][/quote]The ref came from Lancashire, obviously geography not your top subject, he was awful agreed, we had one shot on goal all game, we are never going up if we cant beat an organised side like sheff utd, lets see how we do against Coventry on tuesday now, that will show if we have a chance, same old story when it comes to the crunch we fall short, lot of players off the pace today , Think Eddie has tried a bit too clever with the left back position, Ritchie was doing ok as a temp, why get in this painter guy ????[/p][/quote]Sorry it was lincolnshire whoops jakeysredd
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7:42pm Sat 23 Feb 13

countrycherry says...

Agreed the ref was extremely poor but having said that so were we . All that negative play passing across the back four drives me nuts ,I don't think Seabourne is capable of making a pass of more than 10ft and then always to Ritchie or Cooke who wasn't much better .Jalal didn't help either by giving one of them the ball at every opportunity which inevitably lead eventually to a panic situation . I may not be a brilliant tactician,but I think I can confidantly say we will score few goals from within our own half !!
Agreed the ref was extremely poor but having said that so were we . All that negative play passing across the back four drives me nuts ,I don't think Seabourne is capable of making a pass of more than 10ft and then always to Ritchie or Cooke who wasn't much better .Jalal didn't help either by giving one of them the ball at every opportunity which inevitably lead eventually to a panic situation . I may not be a brilliant tactician,but I think I can confidantly say we will score few goals from within our own half !! countrycherry
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7:45pm Sat 23 Feb 13

gameon says...

theoldfolk wrote:
Eddie out
I take it you mean Mitchell count me in
[quote][p][bold]theoldfolk[/bold] wrote: Eddie out[/p][/quote]I take it you mean Mitchell count me in gameon
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7:48pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Court Side says...

Difficult times regards injuries and unfortunate timing to have a bad run,(let's hope it's a blip),but think some of you need to get things into perspective.You can throw a blanket over the top 6,it's that tight,so to say were out of it is a touch knee jerk.Even if we lose to Cov on tuesday we still wouldn't be out of it,(and i don't believe we will as they've reverted to early season form since they lost Robins to Huddersfield).I think some of you need to remember that we started under Eddie with a 12 game handicap so to even be near the top 6 after that early season shambles is an achievment in itself.Keep your powder dry and glory can still be ours.
Back to todays game,yes we were pretty poor,Sheff Utd were strong,savvy and bullied us whilst crying to the referee for everything,yes the ref and the East Stand lino didn't have a clue between them but still don't think they were responsible for us losing.I think the players are obviously affected by the loss of Tommy and Charlie as the defence has started to look hesitant in possesion but need to shake their heads and start getting back on their game,need Pughey back to his tricky best and,for the time being,will have to keep Matt at left back as Painter looks too rusty from his lack of football,(thought he was at fault for the goal today).
Anyway,here's hoping to normal service being resumed on Tuesday!
P.S Shminto,it's fine predicting score lines if you want too,it's a free country after all,but you always say were going to lose.We never here a peep out of you when we're winning but plenty of "i told you so" when we inevitably lose sometimes.Just don't sound so bloody triumphant when we do!
Difficult times regards injuries and unfortunate timing to have a bad run,(let's hope it's a blip),but think some of you need to get things into perspective.You can throw a blanket over the top 6,it's that tight,so to say were out of it is a touch knee jerk.Even if we lose to Cov on tuesday we still wouldn't be out of it,(and i don't believe we will as they've reverted to early season form since they lost Robins to Huddersfield).I think some of you need to remember that we started under Eddie with a 12 game handicap so to even be near the top 6 after that early season shambles is an achievment in itself.Keep your powder dry and glory can still be ours. Back to todays game,yes we were pretty poor,Sheff Utd were strong,savvy and bullied us whilst crying to the referee for everything,yes the ref and the East Stand lino didn't have a clue between them but still don't think they were responsible for us losing.I think the players are obviously affected by the loss of Tommy and Charlie as the defence has started to look hesitant in possesion but need to shake their heads and start getting back on their game,need Pughey back to his tricky best and,for the time being,will have to keep Matt at left back as Painter looks too rusty from his lack of football,(thought he was at fault for the goal today). Anyway,here's hoping to normal service being resumed on Tuesday! P.S Shminto,it's fine predicting score lines if you want too,it's a free country after all,but you always say were going to lose.We never here a peep out of you when we're winning but plenty of "i told you so" when we inevitably lose sometimes.Just don't sound so bloody triumphant when we do! Court Side
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7:51pm Sat 23 Feb 13

dustbindanny says...

Jakeyesredd. I think that it is you that should have a geography lesson not me Gary Sutton comes from Lincolnshire and their capital city is lincoln, you probable wont give it ,but I accept your anonymous apologies, for not being very good at geography yourself. Having said that we are going to struggle if we don't start scoring goals , I.m sure you will agree with me that. Our forward,s just are,nt performing to get us into the championship, at the moment?
Jakeyesredd. I think that it is you that should have a geography lesson not me Gary Sutton comes from Lincolnshire and their capital city is lincoln, you probable wont give it ,but I accept your anonymous apologies, for not being very good at geography yourself. Having said that we are going to struggle if we don't start scoring goals , I.m sure you will agree with me that. Our forward,s just are,nt performing to get us into the championship, at the moment? dustbindanny
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7:54pm Sat 23 Feb 13

raybren says...

I was wondering where the other 4,000
had come from?
They are all Mike Oxbigs,£20 saved every fortnight when we are not in the
top six.
Eddie could I have your ear for Tuesday
night;Jalal-3-1-4-2
Francis,Cook,Seabour
ne,
McDonald,
Fraser,Arter,O'Kane,
Ritchie,
Tubbs,Grabban.
I was wondering where the other 4,000 had come from? They are all Mike Oxbigs,£20 saved every fortnight when we are not in the top six. Eddie could I have your ear for Tuesday night;Jalal-3-1-4-2 Francis,Cook,Seabour ne, McDonald, Fraser,Arter,O'Kane, Ritchie, Tubbs,Grabban. raybren
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7:57pm Sat 23 Feb 13

bobsworthforever says...

What a disappointing performance the ref wasnt great but neither were we, i would like to know about the left back was there something wrong if not get rid seemed to have two right feet hopeless. Also who did we think would beat those Centre backs in the air they were useless on the ground but we crossed in the air.Why didnt McDonald not play. Expecting a lot more on Tuesday
What a disappointing performance the ref wasnt great but neither were we, i would like to know about the left back was there something wrong if not get rid seemed to have two right feet hopeless. Also who did we think would beat those Centre backs in the air they were useless on the ground but we crossed in the air.Why didnt McDonald not play. Expecting a lot more on Tuesday bobsworthforever
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7:58pm Sat 23 Feb 13

oxoncherry2 says...

West moors 1 wrote:
My goodness that was the worst display of refereeing I have seen for many a season. It did affect the result and if he isn't demoted to conference league or Sunday morning football I will be making a formal complaint to the FA. But let's not forget we only had 1 shot on goal and that was in the first few minutes, we must shoot more! It's alright playing good football to the opposition box but unless we pull the trigger there's no point. Pitman, wake up and wise up, you have to work harder. Painter, please go back to Brighton. Arter, please pass to our players. Having a moan, just so disappointed we are loosing our momentum for promotion.
These were the same comments as were made against the team when Mr Groves was in charge!!!
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: My goodness that was the worst display of refereeing I have seen for many a season. It did affect the result and if he isn't demoted to conference league or Sunday morning football I will be making a formal complaint to the FA. But let's not forget we only had 1 shot on goal and that was in the first few minutes, we must shoot more! It's alright playing good football to the opposition box but unless we pull the trigger there's no point. Pitman, wake up and wise up, you have to work harder. Painter, please go back to Brighton. Arter, please pass to our players. Having a moan, just so disappointed we are loosing our momentum for promotion.[/p][/quote]These were the same comments as were made against the team when Mr Groves was in charge!!! oxoncherry2
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8:01pm Sat 23 Feb 13

RammsteinUK says...

Pretty boy weak footballers win nothing in a tussle .howe failed at burnley and the bubble has burst now ! Its over so wake up and stop blaming refs and linesman its laughable
Pretty boy weak footballers win nothing in a tussle .howe failed at burnley and the bubble has burst now ! Its over so wake up and stop blaming refs and linesman its laughable RammsteinUK
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8:12pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Bosskom says...

Lets not use a crap ref as an excuse for a poor perfomance and eddie being out thought tactically. Seems like we had no plan B when our early efforts were all too easily snuffed out by a large Sheffield back 4. Would have liked to have seen a more physical presence up front whether it be Fletch, Stockley or Demouge ( who I know is in Holland now). They cant believe what an easy afternoon they had and we have to improve. We need different options surely as it was all too predictable. Eddie will see this, Im sure and sort it. All is not lost. Be there Tuesday everybody !
Lets not use a crap ref as an excuse for a poor perfomance and eddie being out thought tactically. Seems like we had no plan B when our early efforts were all too easily snuffed out by a large Sheffield back 4. Would have liked to have seen a more physical presence up front whether it be Fletch, Stockley or Demouge ( who I know is in Holland now). They cant believe what an easy afternoon they had and we have to improve. We need different options surely as it was all too predictable. Eddie will see this, Im sure and sort it. All is not lost. Be there Tuesday everybody ! Bosskom
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8:15pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Mike Oxbig says...

raybren wrote:
I was wondering where the other 4,000
had come from?
They are all Mike Oxbigs,£20 saved every fortnight when we are not in the
top six.
Eddie could I have your ear for Tuesday
night;Jalal-3-1-4-2
Francis,Cook,Seabour

ne,
McDonald,
Fraser,Arter,O'Kane,

Ritchie,
Tubbs,Grabban.
I go for my own entertainment. Not to pay Mitchells way of life. Regards.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: I was wondering where the other 4,000 had come from? They are all Mike Oxbigs,£20 saved every fortnight when we are not in the top six. Eddie could I have your ear for Tuesday night;Jalal-3-1-4-2 Francis,Cook,Seabour ne, McDonald, Fraser,Arter,O'Kane, Ritchie, Tubbs,Grabban.[/p][/quote]I go for my own entertainment. Not to pay Mitchells way of life. Regards. Mike Oxbig
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8:19pm Sat 23 Feb 13

lymicherry says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
We are staying down, say we are staying down.... At least our council tax won't go up due to the extra policing at Dean Court every Saturday. All too east to blame the official. He saw what he saw. Another loss on Tuesday will see us hit mid table mediocracy for yet another season. At least I now save £20.00 every other week. Regards.
You will not be missed. The nudge-nudge, sniggering-schoolboy "humour" of your pseudonym says everything we need to know about your immaturity. Isn't it past your bedtime?
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: We are staying down, say we are staying down.... At least our council tax won't go up due to the extra policing at Dean Court every Saturday. All too east to blame the official. He saw what he saw. Another loss on Tuesday will see us hit mid table mediocracy for yet another season. At least I now save £20.00 every other week. Regards.[/p][/quote]You will not be missed. The nudge-nudge, sniggering-schoolboy "humour" of your pseudonym says everything we need to know about your immaturity. Isn't it past your bedtime? lymicherry
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8:19pm Sat 23 Feb 13

super red says...

Alright chaps, seems like Sheffield Utd are gonna be the ones to catch!!

How's Ritchie fairing, hoping in time we may get a bit of cash return with our sell on fee.

Surprised your playing him at left back, has he unsettled a settled side? If anything your results have slumped a bit since his arrival, I'm sure just a coincidence tho.

All the best for the rest of the season, may you get second behind us
Alright chaps, seems like Sheffield Utd are gonna be the ones to catch!! How's Ritchie fairing, hoping in time we may get a bit of cash return with our sell on fee. Surprised your playing him at left back, has he unsettled a settled side? If anything your results have slumped a bit since his arrival, I'm sure just a coincidence tho. All the best for the rest of the season, may you get second behind us super red
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8:33pm Sat 23 Feb 13

twynhamob says...

I’m probably going to get yelled at for this, but,
As good as the present team is it lacks one/two players who have a mind of their own and can change the managers tactics. I remember the 1987 3rd div championship team had more than one who did take things into their own hands when the chips were down. Christmas/new years of that team we had lost at home to Gillingham, gone to Bristol and won 3-0 on boxing day and all the forwards were out injured 24 hours later at home to Fulham. Twice behind, Tony Pulis, Sean O’Driscoll and Mark Newson made changes and I remember Newson arguing with ‘Arry but the players won out and the cherries won 3-2 late. These same players and Willo also took charge on NewYears day at home to Swindon we won 1-0. As I said as good as the current players are, I believe we are lacking a brain with determination to shake things up. Funny how years later Pulis and O’Driscoll who held sway on the field are now decent managers.
I’m probably going to get yelled at for this, but, As good as the present team is it lacks one/two players who have a mind of their own and can change the managers tactics. I remember the 1987 3rd div championship team had more than one who did take things into their own hands when the chips were down. Christmas/new years of that team we had lost at home to Gillingham, gone to Bristol and won 3-0 on boxing day and all the forwards were out injured 24 hours later at home to Fulham. Twice behind, Tony Pulis, Sean O’Driscoll and Mark Newson made changes and I remember Newson arguing with ‘Arry but the players won out and the cherries won 3-2 late. These same players and Willo also took charge on NewYears day at home to Swindon we won 1-0. As I said as good as the current players are, I believe we are lacking a brain with determination to shake things up. Funny how years later Pulis and O’Driscoll who held sway on the field are now decent managers. twynhamob
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8:51pm Sat 23 Feb 13

cherrygood says...

When will people realise that there are no standout teams in this league, any two out of seven or eight teams could still get automatic promotion. Every team can beat every other team in the league on their day.

We have been on an outstanding run in the last few months resulting in us getting to top spot. Sheffield were on a shocking run before their recent three wins taking them to the top. We are currently on a blip, a few players are injured and we are trying to bed in a few signings and there is no reason we can't go on another winning run before the end of the season.

Whether we get automatic promotion, a play off spot or nowt remains to be seen, but still all to play for.

Tranmere have been on a terrible run and yet they had thumping away win today.
When will people realise that there are no standout teams in this league, any two out of seven or eight teams could still get automatic promotion. Every team can beat every other team in the league on their day. We have been on an outstanding run in the last few months resulting in us getting to top spot. Sheffield were on a shocking run before their recent three wins taking them to the top. We are currently on a blip, a few players are injured and we are trying to bed in a few signings and there is no reason we can't go on another winning run before the end of the season. Whether we get automatic promotion, a play off spot or nowt remains to be seen, but still all to play for. Tranmere have been on a terrible run and yet they had thumping away win today. cherrygood
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8:53pm Sat 23 Feb 13

here we go says...

zubar to bury on loan = mistake,
demouge to roda on loan = mistake,
3 unforced changes to a winning team at preston = mistake,
this painter guy who was responsible for a goal at preston then subbed at half time, was responsible for sheff utd goal then subbed at half time again (didnt you learn the first time Mr Howe) = mistake
zubar to bury on loan = mistake, demouge to roda on loan = mistake, 3 unforced changes to a winning team at preston = mistake, this painter guy who was responsible for a goal at preston then subbed at half time, was responsible for sheff utd goal then subbed at half time again (didnt you learn the first time Mr Howe) = mistake here we go
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9:00pm Sat 23 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

dustbindanny wrote:
We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?
The ref probably cadged a lift home on the Sheff Utd team bus. What a complete waste of space, how the **** did he get his referees licence, worst ref seen in a very long time. Absolute joke & the idiot running the line on the eaststand side.
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?[/p][/quote]The ref probably cadged a lift home on the Sheff Utd team bus. What a complete waste of space, how the **** did he get his referees licence, worst ref seen in a very long time. Absolute joke & the idiot running the line on the eaststand side. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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9:20pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Couchy125 says...

lockandload wrote:
smhinto wrote: On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards
I dont know who you are? but you are certainly not a AFCB supporter. Well I found my cat, now just waiting for the wie to come home!
Oh yes he is. He sits in the north stand. I was talking to him the last home game.
[quote][p][bold]lockandload[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards[/p][/quote]I dont know who you are? but you are certainly not a AFCB supporter. Well I found my cat, now just waiting for the wie to come home![/p][/quote]Oh yes he is. He sits in the north stand. I was talking to him the last home game. Couchy125
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9:22pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
dustbindanny wrote:
We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?
The ref probably cadged a lift home on the Sheff Utd team bus. What a complete waste of space, how the **** did he get his referees licence, worst ref seen in a very long time. Absolute joke & the idiot running the line on the eaststand side.
I can understand some of the comments regarding shots on goal, passing and so on. But how on earth can you play football against a team who is hauling your players down, even in the penalty area, and getting away with it, in fact, even getting free kicks upon doing so. As you rightly say Steady Eddie, even that lino was getting in on the act. So I'm not going to be so critical as many on here for the reasons given. AS for someone saying they won't be going again, well so called supporters like you won't be missed. Regardless of what happens for the rest of this season, the team have achieved a great deal, and STILL need our SUPPORT!!!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We only lost this match because we had an inadequate referee. He gave the free kick (which never was) in fact , he gave them all the free kicks, did this have anything to do with the fact he came from Lincoln, just down the road from sheffield? Having said that, once again our forwards were totally Inept at shooting at goal. Neither keeper had a save to make,but we were the home team, we did not perform,either in midfield or in the forwArd department, this match begged for a Steve fletcher forward, which we didn't produce. I am afraid to to say that lack of attempts on goal are going to cost us..?[/p][/quote]The ref probably cadged a lift home on the Sheff Utd team bus. What a complete waste of space, how the **** did he get his referees licence, worst ref seen in a very long time. Absolute joke & the idiot running the line on the eaststand side.[/p][/quote]I can understand some of the comments regarding shots on goal, passing and so on. But how on earth can you play football against a team who is hauling your players down, even in the penalty area, and getting away with it, in fact, even getting free kicks upon doing so. As you rightly say Steady Eddie, even that lino was getting in on the act. So I'm not going to be so critical as many on here for the reasons given. AS for someone saying they won't be going again, well so called supporters like you won't be missed. Regardless of what happens for the rest of this season, the team have achieved a great deal, and STILL need our SUPPORT!!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
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9:36pm Sat 23 Feb 13

dc addict says...

Yes Sheff Utd cheated and got away with it courtesy of a useless referee and a cardboard cut out of a linesman.
Now the real reason we lost.We gifted a goal to them and then failed to penetrate their defence for the rest of the game. As one of the guys in our row said at the end, quite rightly, we've lost our spark.We were lucky to beat Crewe and Portsmouth and we were second best today.
All those over-excited people who thought we would win the league must now calm down and hope we make the play offs.
The real team of the season is of course Yeovil. Hard to to take but true.
We are the best footballing side in League 1 but we need a big centre forward, a big thug inmidfield and Zubar back in defence.
Yes Sheff Utd cheated and got away with it courtesy of a useless referee and a cardboard cut out of a linesman. Now the real reason we lost.We gifted a goal to them and then failed to penetrate their defence for the rest of the game. As one of the guys in our row said at the end, quite rightly, we've lost our spark.We were lucky to beat Crewe and Portsmouth and we were second best today. All those over-excited people who thought we would win the league must now calm down and hope we make the play offs. The real team of the season is of course Yeovil. Hard to to take but true. We are the best footballing side in League 1 but we need a big centre forward, a big thug inmidfield and Zubar back in defence. dc addict
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9:43pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

dustbindanny wrote:
Jakeyesredd. I think that it is you that should have a geography lesson not me Gary Sutton comes from Lincolnshire and their capital city is lincoln, you probable wont give it ,but I accept your anonymous apologies, for not being very good at geography yourself. Having said that we are going to struggle if we don't start scoring goals , I.m sure you will agree with me that. Our forward,s just are,nt performing to get us into the championship, at the moment?
I did appologise on my comment if you read back a bit, and yes its the midfield as well today, think that was Arters tenth booking today so opens the door for mac again for two games, Just seems to me lately if a team gets ten behind the ball they will draw or nick a one nil, pompey nearly cancelled us out on our previous home game, good promotion sides seem to do this at our place, we dont seem confident again,
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: Jakeyesredd. I think that it is you that should have a geography lesson not me Gary Sutton comes from Lincolnshire and their capital city is lincoln, you probable wont give it ,but I accept your anonymous apologies, for not being very good at geography yourself. Having said that we are going to struggle if we don't start scoring goals , I.m sure you will agree with me that. Our forward,s just are,nt performing to get us into the championship, at the moment?[/p][/quote]I did appologise on my comment if you read back a bit, and yes its the midfield as well today, think that was Arters tenth booking today so opens the door for mac again for two games, Just seems to me lately if a team gets ten behind the ball they will draw or nick a one nil, pompey nearly cancelled us out on our previous home game, good promotion sides seem to do this at our place, we dont seem confident again, jakeysredd
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9:53pm Sat 23 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

Went today and found it an absorbing. As seen over many years a small skillful afcb side got turned over by a big physical side that gave a cycnical professional performance..feining injury, impeding challenges after challenges, mouthing off the ref, timewasting etc

I thought afcb stuck to a very difficult task really well but you have to congratulate the visitors' defence.

Not all doom and gloom re players. Think Ritchie showed that he is a better bet at left back now than Painter. Do think though teams have sussed us out now so need a plan B. Fraser looked really quick in the few glimpses he had so would start with him now. Think MacDonald's skill in attacking should see him return too.
Went today and found it an absorbing. As seen over many years a small skillful afcb side got turned over by a big physical side that gave a cycnical professional performance..feining injury, impeding challenges after challenges, mouthing off the ref, timewasting etc I thought afcb stuck to a very difficult task really well but you have to congratulate the visitors' defence. Not all doom and gloom re players. Think Ritchie showed that he is a better bet at left back now than Painter. Do think though teams have sussed us out now so need a plan B. Fraser looked really quick in the few glimpses he had so would start with him now. Think MacDonald's skill in attacking should see him return too. AFCBade
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9:54pm Sat 23 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

twynhamob wrote:
I’m probably going to get yelled at for this, but,
As good as the present team is it lacks one/two players who have a mind of their own and can change the managers tactics. I remember the 1987 3rd div championship team had more than one who did take things into their own hands when the chips were down. Christmas/new years of that team we had lost at home to Gillingham, gone to Bristol and won 3-0 on boxing day and all the forwards were out injured 24 hours later at home to Fulham. Twice behind, Tony Pulis, Sean O’Driscoll and Mark Newson made changes and I remember Newson arguing with ‘Arry but the players won out and the cherries won 3-2 late. These same players and Willo also took charge on NewYears day at home to Swindon we won 1-0. As I said as good as the current players are, I believe we are lacking a brain with determination to shake things up. Funny how years later Pulis and O’Driscoll who held sway on the field are now decent managers.
Have to agree, what a great season that was, Mark Newson our stand in striker, We just seem to struggle against sides that park the bus lately, too much sidewards stuff and no confidence of breaking sides down, Seems to be a bit of Groves style back today, seemed a bit clueless at times,
[quote][p][bold]twynhamob[/bold] wrote: I’m probably going to get yelled at for this, but, As good as the present team is it lacks one/two players who have a mind of their own and can change the managers tactics. I remember the 1987 3rd div championship team had more than one who did take things into their own hands when the chips were down. Christmas/new years of that team we had lost at home to Gillingham, gone to Bristol and won 3-0 on boxing day and all the forwards were out injured 24 hours later at home to Fulham. Twice behind, Tony Pulis, Sean O’Driscoll and Mark Newson made changes and I remember Newson arguing with ‘Arry but the players won out and the cherries won 3-2 late. These same players and Willo also took charge on NewYears day at home to Swindon we won 1-0. As I said as good as the current players are, I believe we are lacking a brain with determination to shake things up. Funny how years later Pulis and O’Driscoll who held sway on the field are now decent managers.[/p][/quote]Have to agree, what a great season that was, Mark Newson our stand in striker, We just seem to struggle against sides that park the bus lately, too much sidewards stuff and no confidence of breaking sides down, Seems to be a bit of Groves style back today, seemed a bit clueless at times, jakeysredd
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10:32pm Sat 23 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
On my Way back from Northampton at the mo.
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No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured.
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Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton.
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I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs.
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Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement.
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I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field.
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Regards
Are you sure you were in Northampton this afternoon because we had a clueless knob from Lincs refereeing at DC today.
Todays defeat for the record was not down to defensive frailties as you predicted, more to do with lack of drive in the midfield. Arter & O'kane were no match for Sheff Utd's 5 man midfield and we just didn't turn up first half.
Macca should have come on as he has the vision to unlock what was a slow Sheff defence who played a very high line, Grabban & Pitman just couldn't get in behind them.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: On my Way back from Northampton at the mo. . No surprise at the AFCB result really. This is what happens when you have key players injured. . Against lesser opposition we may have gotten away with it. After all we were playing Sheff Utd (with the second best away record in the league) and not Christchurch or Downton. . I do not expect too much on Tuesday either as Coventry are no mugs. . Can't help feeling that we need more physical presence up front as Pitman and Grabben are too short. A target man may be a requirement. . I can't see things improving until Elphick and Daniels are fit to take the field. . Regards[/p][/quote]Are you sure you were in Northampton this afternoon because we had a clueless knob from Lincs refereeing at DC today. Todays defeat for the record was not down to defensive frailties as you predicted, more to do with lack of drive in the midfield. Arter & O'kane were no match for Sheff Utd's 5 man midfield and we just didn't turn up first half. Macca should have come on as he has the vision to unlock what was a slow Sheff defence who played a very high line, Grabban & Pitman just couldn't get in behind them. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:10pm Sat 23 Feb 13

rogthedodge123 says...

The reason we lost today was due to the wrong tactics-lumping balls high against a team whose combined hieght was 68ft made it easy for them and matt ritchie as good as he is must have given the ball away half a dozen times by pumping high balls,we should of been one-twoing through the middle and at any rate keeping the ball on the deck-I still believe we can win this league but we need to get our passing and confidence back quick and if we do then Coventry are in for a torrid time on Tuesday.and finally Fraser got me excited with a glimpse of his talent.
The reason we lost today was due to the wrong tactics-lumping balls high against a team whose combined hieght was 68ft made it easy for them and matt ritchie as good as he is must have given the ball away half a dozen times by pumping high balls,we should of been one-twoing through the middle and at any rate keeping the ball on the deck-I still believe we can win this league but we need to get our passing and confidence back quick and if we do then Coventry are in for a torrid time on Tuesday.and finally Fraser got me excited with a glimpse of his talent. rogthedodge123
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12:57am Sun 24 Feb 13

deanmatthews1966 says...

Hopefully that's the end of our bad run for the rest of this season.
UTCIAD
Hopefully that's the end of our bad run for the rest of this season. UTCIAD deanmatthews1966
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1:42am Sun 24 Feb 13

djcherry says...

We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club.
We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club. djcherry
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7:24am Sun 24 Feb 13

Strawbs_78 says...

Poor performance yesterday against 12 men but we didnt deserve anything from the game, we really do struggle against sheff utd. Very questionable tactics yesterday, i said all week richie should revert to left back. Can only hope EH sees the light for tuesday night, either that or go with three at the back. Cov are struggling in the league again at the moment, 3 pts are absolutely essential.
Poor performance yesterday against 12 men but we didnt deserve anything from the game, we really do struggle against sheff utd. Very questionable tactics yesterday, i said all week richie should revert to left back. Can only hope EH sees the light for tuesday night, either that or go with three at the back. Cov are struggling in the league again at the moment, 3 pts are absolutely essential. Strawbs_78
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7:32am Sun 24 Feb 13

Chish and Fips says...

Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week.
Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref.
My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse.
Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly.
Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week. Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref. My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse. Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly. Chish and Fips
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8:59am Sun 24 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week.
Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref.
My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse.
Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly.
Wondered how long it would take for you to show up. Just a minor bump, not the full "car crash" if you get my meaning. Regarding the ref- you really had to be there to believe it, Mark Sutton from Lincs, hope you get him soon.
You were warned about PNE, looks like the wheels are wobbling on your TRAP as well.!!!!!!!.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week. Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref. My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse. Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly.[/p][/quote]Wondered how long it would take for you to show up. Just a minor bump, not the full "car crash" if you get my meaning. Regarding the ref- you really had to be there to believe it, Mark Sutton from Lincs, hope you get him soon. You were warned about PNE, looks like the wheels are wobbling on your TRAP as well.!!!!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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9:13am Sun 24 Feb 13

Chish and Fips says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week.
Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref.
My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse.
Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly.
Wondered how long it would take for you to show up. Just a minor bump, not the full "car crash" if you get my meaning. Regarding the ref- you really had to be there to believe it, Mark Sutton from Lincs, hope you get him soon.
You were warned about PNE, looks like the wheels are wobbling on your TRAP as well.!!!!!!!.
Yep and I think we'll probably fall out of the playoffs with all things considered.
As I said before I do think that will do us a favour - time to regroup and re settle after the things we have just gone through.
I think you lots expectations have had taken a reality check too.

Watch those wheels on that 'bathchair' of yours ol' man .. touchee . :o/

3pts against Cov.is a must - or confidence and league postion is at risk.

Bye
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Just thought I'd see how things went yesterday for you lot, we have had a lot to contend with up our way this week. Well it seems the majority used the ol' chestnut and have blamed the ref. My experience of that is if the ref is having an off day both teams suffer but you do notice it more for your own side and particularly when you are 0-1 down or worse. Not the end of your promotion hopes yet, but the wheel is wobbling slightly.[/p][/quote]Wondered how long it would take for you to show up. Just a minor bump, not the full "car crash" if you get my meaning. Regarding the ref- you really had to be there to believe it, Mark Sutton from Lincs, hope you get him soon. You were warned about PNE, looks like the wheels are wobbling on your TRAP as well.!!!!!!!.[/p][/quote]Yep and I think we'll probably fall out of the playoffs with all things considered. As I said before I do think that will do us a favour - time to regroup and re settle after the things we have just gone through. I think you lots expectations have had taken a reality check too. Watch those wheels on that 'bathchair' of yours ol' man .. touchee . :o/ 3pts against Cov.is a must - or confidence and league postion is at risk. Bye Chish and Fips
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10:03am Sun 24 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

djcherry wrote:
We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club.
So you think all the play acting and gamesmanship employed by Sheffield and allowed by the so called ref, made it fair and square?? what game were you watching. I think if we look like playing them in the play off's, Pugh for example should learn some Sumo holds, to prevent himself being bodily thrown to the floor, because he sure as hell won't be getting the penalty that SHOULD of been given to him if God help us we had the same ref again!!! Looking at the You Tube Video of the Brett incident, he certainly wasn't head butted, but it certainly was a foul IMHO, and no surprise, just waved away by that ref...
[quote][p][bold]djcherry[/bold] wrote: We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club.[/p][/quote]So you think all the play acting and gamesmanship employed by Sheffield and allowed by the so called ref, made it fair and square?? what game were you watching. I think if we look like playing them in the play off's, Pugh for example should learn some Sumo holds, to prevent himself being bodily thrown to the floor, because he sure as hell won't be getting the penalty that SHOULD of been given to him if God help us we had the same ref again!!! Looking at the You Tube Video of the Brett incident, he certainly wasn't head butted, but it certainly was a foul IMHO, and no surprise, just waved away by that ref... Afcbpete
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10:54am Sun 24 Feb 13

yokel cherry says...

Ok lets get some reality in place here.

Firstly there isn't a poster on here who wouldn't have pulled my hand off if at the start of the season I'd offered them Cherries in sixth place and just two points off the top going into March.

Yes guys just two points oiff the top despite two straight defeats. Get real no one is running away with this league our chances of promotion automatic or othrwise are no less now than they were a when we were top.

Yes we need to steady the ship but you can be sure Eddie will do that.

So lets stop carping about such a terrible record ( three defeats i twenty three games is awful isn't it.)

Just get behind the team when they need us most and play your parts in getting us up instead of carping.
Ok lets get some reality in place here. Firstly there isn't a poster on here who wouldn't have pulled my hand off if at the start of the season I'd offered them Cherries in sixth place and just two points off the top going into March. Yes guys just two points oiff the top despite two straight defeats. Get real no one is running away with this league our chances of promotion automatic or othrwise are no less now than they were a when we were top. Yes we need to steady the ship but you can be sure Eddie will do that. So lets stop carping about such a terrible record ( three defeats i twenty three games is awful isn't it.) Just get behind the team when they need us most and play your parts in getting us up instead of carping. yokel cherry
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11:02am Sun 24 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

yokel cherry wrote:
Ok lets get some reality in place here.

Firstly there isn't a poster on here who wouldn't have pulled my hand off if at the start of the season I'd offered them Cherries in sixth place and just two points off the top going into March.

Yes guys just two points oiff the top despite two straight defeats. Get real no one is running away with this league our chances of promotion automatic or othrwise are no less now than they were a when we were top.

Yes we need to steady the ship but you can be sure Eddie will do that.

So lets stop carping about such a terrible record ( three defeats i twenty three games is awful isn't it.)

Just get behind the team when they need us most and play your parts in getting us up instead of carping.
You just saved me the trouble of posting the exact same comment.Well done, finally some realism. It aint all gloom & doom folks.!!!
[quote][p][bold]yokel cherry[/bold] wrote: Ok lets get some reality in place here. Firstly there isn't a poster on here who wouldn't have pulled my hand off if at the start of the season I'd offered them Cherries in sixth place and just two points off the top going into March. Yes guys just two points oiff the top despite two straight defeats. Get real no one is running away with this league our chances of promotion automatic or othrwise are no less now than they were a when we were top. Yes we need to steady the ship but you can be sure Eddie will do that. So lets stop carping about such a terrible record ( three defeats i twenty three games is awful isn't it.) Just get behind the team when they need us most and play your parts in getting us up instead of carping.[/p][/quote]You just saved me the trouble of posting the exact same comment.Well done, finally some realism. It aint all gloom & doom folks.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:03am Sun 24 Feb 13

Lowe-Ryder says...

Fine bunch of so-called fans some of you lot are - lose one game against a bunch of cheats and one of the worst refs I've seen in 30-odd years and here you are slagging Eddie and the team off. Disgraceful - hang your heads in shame, fools!
Fine bunch of so-called fans some of you lot are - lose one game against a bunch of cheats and one of the worst refs I've seen in 30-odd years and here you are slagging Eddie and the team off. Disgraceful - hang your heads in shame, fools! Lowe-Ryder
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11:07am Sun 24 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Afcbpete wrote:
djcherry wrote:
We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club.
So you think all the play acting and gamesmanship employed by Sheffield and allowed by the so called ref, made it fair and square?? what game were you watching. I think if we look like playing them in the play off's, Pugh for example should learn some Sumo holds, to prevent himself being bodily thrown to the floor, because he sure as hell won't be getting the penalty that SHOULD of been given to him if God help us we had the same ref again!!! Looking at the You Tube Video of the Brett incident, he certainly wasn't head butted, but it certainly was a foul IMHO, and no surprise, just waved away by that ref...
Just read match report in the sun. Danny Wilson has the bare faced cheek to accuse Pitman of play-acting, you really couldn't make it up. HOW VERY DARE HE.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djcherry[/bold] wrote: We were beaten fair and square! Furthermore, Pitmanns behaviour (acting as if he'd been head butted) was embarassing and a disgrace. There shouldn't be any tolerance of that kind of behaviour at our club.[/p][/quote]So you think all the play acting and gamesmanship employed by Sheffield and allowed by the so called ref, made it fair and square?? what game were you watching. I think if we look like playing them in the play off's, Pugh for example should learn some Sumo holds, to prevent himself being bodily thrown to the floor, because he sure as hell won't be getting the penalty that SHOULD of been given to him if God help us we had the same ref again!!! Looking at the You Tube Video of the Brett incident, he certainly wasn't head butted, but it certainly was a foul IMHO, and no surprise, just waved away by that ref...[/p][/quote]Just read match report in the sun. Danny Wilson has the bare faced cheek to accuse Pitman of play-acting, you really couldn't make it up. HOW VERY DARE HE. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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2:00pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Forget yesterday can't do anything about the result now!! shminto wow you were quick off the blocks after us losing weren't you?? Tuesday is the focus now, if we work hard as a team and that includes us fans who are at the game then we will get the right result, I am not going to let a couple of bad results take my eye off the task at hand. We are right in there still even though we have lost, and I for one would have bitten your hand off if you had offered our present position with 12 games to go back in October!!
Forget yesterday can't do anything about the result now!! shminto wow you were quick off the blocks after us losing weren't you?? Tuesday is the focus now, if we work hard as a team and that includes us fans who are at the game then we will get the right result, I am not going to let a couple of bad results take my eye off the task at hand. We are right in there still even though we have lost, and I for one would have bitten your hand off if you had offered our present position with 12 games to go back in October!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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6:58pm Mon 25 Feb 13

O'Reilly says...

It would appear that all the top teams have a had a bad patch for a few games this season. Sheffield Utd did, Trammere's seems to be continuing, Coventry also. So let's not get too frustrated by a few dodgy results.
It would appear that all the top teams have a had a bad patch for a few games this season. Sheffield Utd did, Trammere's seems to be continuing, Coventry also. So let's not get too frustrated by a few dodgy results. O'Reilly
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