Sunday, April 08, 2007


Sheffield Utd 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd

A win, two goals, a spirited performance worthy of the shirt, and the relief that comes from knowing that we’ve now reached forty points were the outcomes from our game at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Goals from Obafemi Martins and Steven Taylor were enough to ensure that we left the land of the greasy chip butty certain of our premiership status next season, something which certainly cannot be said of the home side.

The win came in no small part to a decent team performance, with Roeder finally showing he has the ability to make tough decisions, and dropping Dyer in place of Milner. Unsurprisingly, the right winger played a crucial part in both of our goals, with his cushioned header from Duff’s cross falling for Martins to knock home the first, and his corner landing on Steven Taylor’s forehead to restore our lead with ten minutes to go – Christian Nade having briefly given the hosts a glimmer of hope when he sidefooted past Given.

As a team, we performed much better, and could have scored more, with Duff and Martins also going close, and Sibierski blazing over the bar when it seemed far easier to score.

Those misses looked to be costly when Nade scored, but Taylor’s header, and an excellent late save by Given were enough to lift us into the top half. Hopefully this result will now restore some of the confidence which has been conspicuously lacking in recent weeks, and help us to push on up the table. With so many mediocre sides bunched in the middle of the table, a couple of decent wins could really see us push ourselves up the table.

Other reports: BBC, Observer


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