Sheff Utd 1-1 Millwall ~ Match Report

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After the late, late show at the Den against Doncaster we fired up the Bonemobile and set sail up north with Del & Lin joining MrsB and me for the road trip to Brammell Lane and hopefully no more late dramas...

Sheffield is another easy to get to away trip and over a thousand lions fans made the trip to Brammell Lane to spur the play off push onwards.

Sheffield is another godforsaken place. By the very fact that God hasn’t raised this place to ground surely must mean he owes Sodom & Gomorrah a huge apology…

Sheffield Utd itself is a strange place to visit, the stadium is old but in a new kind of way; development in recent years has seen it become “closed in” and in my opinion it is better for it but again we saw (or rather heard) the strange phenomenon of lots of home fans making little or no noise.

Maybe the years of deprivation has finally taken its toll on the locals who have watched their city and team decline incessantly as the years roll along. They are not a proud people and rightly so but they have an almost perceivable sense of worthlessness and irrelevance.

Even when eerie, echoing warbling of the late John Denver flowed out of the PA system with “Annie’s Song” the home fans gave a very lack lustre continuation, almost apologetically.

The lions were welcomed onto the pitch by the exuberant travelling contingent and even the worrying figure of referee Deadman failed to curb our enthusiasm…for a while at any rate…

Mr Jackett made changes again as players start to filter back from injuries and depart because of them so the starting eleven was as follows:

Forde, Dunne, Robbo, Purse, Barron, Henry, Trotter, Abdou, Schofield, Robinson T and Morison.

Referee Deadman got things going and immediately got things stopping due to his puerile sense of refereeing which soon came to the fore. He is never going to be tolerated by Millwall due to past indiscretions and he made no secret of the fact that he knew this was the case. He was spotting all sorts of things to penalise us and managed to book Abdou and Morison within the first fifteen minutes of the game.

To tell you the truth though, we were getting a tad over run by a rejuvenated United side and we were in full on defensive mode but nevertheless the bookings were innocuous in the extreme.

Forde had already made two blinding saves to keep the score sheet blank (the second one from a rebounding free kick off of our wall was quite spectacular)

We weathered the early pressure though and soon had some sort of control over the game and although the game was a bit scrappy we did start to create some chances.

Liam Trotter had a low scuffer saved by ‘keeper Simonsen following some clever play by Schofield and then we had a decent move down the left linking Robinson T and Trotter which caused a bit of pandemonium in their box, but Montgomery managed to clear the ball for a corner.

We forced a few corners on the trot and from one of them we should’ve scored when Robbo was unmarked but his header was pushed away by their keeper and Robinson T’s return header went straight into ‘keeper Simonsen's hands.

Robinson T was again involved in the next move, flying down the right wing he fired over an inviting cross that Schofield just couldn’t control and the ball flew to safety for the home side.

The half finished goal less but we had reasons to feel that we were capable of getting something out of this game.

The second half got under way and we had the game by the scruff of the neck. Trotter got his head to a Henry corner but he missed the target, Morison was very industrious and Robinson T was doing well and it wasn’t too long before Adams, the Blades manager made some changes.

We still looked comfortable and they didn’t look capable but thanks to a ludicrous refereeing decision, disaster struck. Bogdanovic pushed the ball into our box and Robbo stepped in and shielded the ball. Bogdanovic theatrically bumped into Robbo’s back and went to ground.

Deadman could not wait to point to the spot for a penalty. It was an absolute diabolical decision that had us stunned into silence.

Bogdanovic recovered sufficiently to slot the ball past Forde from the spot and suddenly we were facing defeat.

The lads didn’t let this get to them and kept plugging away but the time was rapidly running away. Harris had already replaced Robinson T and now Schofield made way for Lisbie as Mr Jackett looked to salvage something from a game we never looked like losing.

Perseverance and pressure was no match for the clock as time quickly ebbed away and fretful glances at the clock did nothing to abate our fears that we were going to be beaten by a nonsensical refereeing decision.

Almost on the ninety minute mark Purse sent a lone diagonal ball across to Harris on the right wing. Harris controlled it superbly and whipped over a great cross to Lisbie whose first time effort was heading low into the net only for ‘keeper Simonsen to dive full length and push the ball round the post for a corner.

From the resulting corner, agony turned to ecstasy as Henry’s ball was half cleared to Lisbie who fired the ball straight into the net.1-1! We went mental, the players went mental, it was, well, just mental. Another 90th minute goal to celebrate and a point rescued.

And there was still time left for us to have another crack at their goal, again a Henry/Lisbie combo with the latter’s header just missing the target.

Full time and the lads got a warm reception from the travelling fans as it truly felt like we had actually won the game.

We had got out of gaol really seeing as how Deadman was clearly working to his own agenda but a draw is another valuable point gained and we can move forward towards the home game against Middlesbrough in the firm knowledge that we wont have to have put up with Deadman for the foreseeable future.

See you all there?
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    after seeing bramall lane shit hole the den is the business god bless millwall