It’s too early to say the league’s looking good, but it’s certainly looking better.
The Blackpool match showed just how it takes two teams to make an entertaining football match. Chesterfield came to the Lane to play, which made for an exciting game, but it was a frustrating spectacle last Saturday.
Last season the crowd would have displayed its dissatisfaction quite early, but Nigel Adkins still has the goodwill given to a new manager in his favour. He proved he knew what he was doing with his substitutions, which many questioned at the time, and with Jay McEveley’s corner kick. ‘Why’s he taking it?’ asked some. We soon found out why.
Fulham in the FA Cup in February 2014 was the match that kick-started United’s end-of-season surge under Nigel Clough at the time he was enjoying the same goodwill his successor has now.
This season’s visit to Craven Cottage can hopefully be written off as an aberration caused by ten changes. The two red cards are more damaging than the defeat, especially Jose Baxter’s , which means a totally unnecessary three-match ban. The game was lost – why do it?
n I’m sure all Blades fans are saddened to hear of Martyn Harrison’s serious illness. The area next to the goal United are attacking looks as bare as his famous bald head without his cameras, cases and laptop. We are all willing him on.
n On a brighter note, it has been a successful few days for two Blades in other sports. A big well done to Jessica Ennis-Hill on her miraculous comeback that took her to her second world title, and to Joe Root for his award of Man of the Series against Australia.
Both have a bit of down time now, so hopefully we will be able to congratulate them on their successes in person at the Lane soon.