Hatch's SHEFFIELD UTD Preview and Match Thread

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How will we end the season?

Poll ended at Sun May 02, 2010 12:10 pm

Ipswich Town WIN
20
69%
Draw
7
24%
Sheffield United WIN
2
7%
 
Total votes: 29

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Hatch's SHEFFIELD UTD Preview and Match Thread

Post by hatch » Sat May 01, 2010 12:10 pm

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The lowdown
Well this is it folks. Town’s last game of what has been a more than “frustrating” season as Keane put it earlier this week. It is also my last ever preview (although hopefully I can get a cameo appearance in the future). Just a big thank you to the kind messages everyone has been sending in the past few weeks, they’ve meant a lot. I expect to see my successor do twice the job I do though!
Having said this season had been frustrated I don’t think anyone can have much a problem with our results over the recent months. At the start of the season we looked a side that Ipswich Wanderers could thrash, weak all round. Now, 9 months on, we’re looking back at a solid draw at Newcastle where we could have perhaps even won! Keane and the players said back in the Autumn that they could see the improvements and things would eventually start to click. Perhaps they took longer to click than desired by most fans, but they have seemed to click and I still think we have a lot left in our locked. If we can get a draw away at St. James’ Park when we have little to play for and Tommy Smith* at CB then think what we can do next season with the five vital signings Keane has talked about.
To end on Sunday we will be facing the Blades of Sheffield United. When I saw the fixture list last summer I saw this as a superb fixture that could be two play-off sides fighting it out on the last day. As it has proven, neither side has anything to play for but pride. There is, however, that slight rivalry we’ve had with the Blunts for a few years now and matches against the Steel City side usually generate a good atmosphere. Tomorrow should see a fair attendance pushing over 24,000 I imagine. Let’s hopefully see the boys in blue show some pride in front of hundreds of soldiers who have shown pride and heroics for their country.
*No disrespect to Smith! Go for NZ, son!

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The stats
Sheffield United lie 6 points ahead of Ipswich in 9th position. Along with Ipswich, Preston and Forest they have won the fewest away games (4) in the top 16 of the league and they’ve lost the most away games out of all the top half teams (12). Blackwell’s men haven’t lost in three but haven’t got an away victory this year. A win on the last day for Sheffield Utd could therefore seem highly unlikely. They did, however, beat Swansea last week who were going all out for a win as well as drawing at Sheffield Wednesday who were desperate for all three points and they had another high profile match when they faced Newcastle a few months ago who needed a win to secure promotion. So it is proven that they can perform on the big occasions, but can they form on days like tomorrow? They’re statistically the worst away side in the top half of the Championship.

The player-to-watch
I would usually say without question that the dangerman is striker Darius Henderson – a man mountain with skill – highly regarded as one of the best strikers in the league. Not to mention that he always scores against us!
However, with Henderson seemingly injured I’ve gone for United’s highest goalscorer in Richard Cresswell. The 32-year-old Bridlington born striker has had mixed successes over his career. He spent his best years at Preston at the start of the century where he scored 46 goals in 176 appearances. Since then he has never really been able to excel anywhere but he may have found his home in Sheffield Utd whom he joined on loan on the same day he made his debut against us in the 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane back in September. He was signed permanently from Premiership Stoke in January and with 13 goals to his name already this season he must be enjoying his time back in the Championship.

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The team news
Damien Delaney will miss out again but it is hoped that the likes of himself and Civelli should be back playing come the start of next season. David Healy has returned to Sunderland following his knee injury while Daryl Murphy is now a doubt. With Keane keen to try more youngsters this could be a slight blessing in disguise as it will give him more of an excuse to try the youth products. Billy Clark has a good chance of starting alongside Connor Wickham up front while Tom Eastman, Troy Brown and Luke Hyam could all make appearances. Although this game means slightly less than last week I can’t imagine Roy will want to put a win at risk just for the sake of giving some youths a run out though. He will only play them if he feels they are ready enough to help us get the three points.

Hatch’s predicted team: B.Murphy, Smith, McAuley, O’Connor, Peters, Colback, Norris, Leadbitter, Walters, Clark, Wickham

The man in the middle
We are all aware of Andy D’Urso from Billericay. He is sure to get some criticism. His last Ipswich game was our home game against the rivals for Sunday’s opponents – Sheffield Wednesday. We drew that game 0-0 live on Sky back in November and he didn’t hand any yellows our to Ipswich players.

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Andy D'Urso and Roy Keane getting along

Hatch’s final word
So that is that. Hopefully we can end the season on a high and Keane can give the fans “something to shout about”. Not much else to say apart from make sure you give generously to the Help the Heroes fund and enjoy the events on show. I contacted both ITFC and SUFC over the past few weeks a number of times to ask if they could supply with my a high-profile interview of some sort as it was my last preview and I wanted to go out on a high. My fan-terviewee is at wedding and can’t be interviewed and Andy D’Urso is boring. So for my last preview I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Thanks again for all the support over the past two seasons and hopefully the previewers in seasons to come will be previewing a league match with Manchester United.

Hatch’s prediction – Ipswich Town 2-1 Sheffield United

Bye.


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Re: Hatch's SHEFFIELD UTD Preview and Match Thread

Post by lucy » Sat May 01, 2010 12:37 pm

Good luck Hatch don't miss us too much 8) .

I'll go for a boring 1-1 draw just can't see us winning.

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Post by Bluemike » Sat May 01, 2010 1:07 pm

Many Thanks Hatch, enjoyed the previews, all the best to you. Im going 2-1 to Town.

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Post by VictaLawnMower » Sat May 01, 2010 1:46 pm

I promised myself I wouldn't cry...

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Post by Mr.Punch » Sat May 01, 2010 2:20 pm

VictaLawnMower wrote:I promised myself I wouldn't cry...

:D :D :D

well done hatchy - last time i saw town play sheffield utd we won 5-0 and we'll do the same tomorrow.

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Post by Andym » Sat May 01, 2010 3:07 pm

Thanks again for your hard work. They've always been informative and an interesting read.

I'll go for a 1 - 1 draw.

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Post by Jamma123 » Sat May 01, 2010 3:20 pm

Thank you for all your efforts in putting together such enjoyable previews week in, week out, Hatch. I love the Keano v D'Urso picture! Let's hope we aren't seeing similar scenes tomorrow, and that the Town go out in style with an entertaining 3-2 win.

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Post by The Don » Sat May 01, 2010 6:21 pm

:cry: bye hatchy :cry:

I'm just looking forward to an entertaining game. Another draw I would expect but end to end stuff to keep everyone happy.

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Post by phily bon bon » Sat May 01, 2010 11:43 pm

Nice one old boy and all the best for the future in what ever you do.Its an end of an era but i hope your replacement will get the backing and help you have.I hope we win 6.0 but realistically I see a 1-1 draw.

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Post by hallamblue » Sun May 02, 2010 12:44 am

15 - ferkin 0 - to Town

EASY ...EASY.....EASY...EASY...EASY....
:mrgreen:

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Post by bluearmy78 » Sun May 02, 2010 8:53 am

Draw,just has to be. :lol:

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Post by James Scharmann » Sun May 02, 2010 11:25 am

1-1

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Post by sirbobby » Sun May 02, 2010 1:11 pm

Line Up?

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Post by coolcole93 » Sun May 02, 2010 1:54 pm

When is kick-off?

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 2:17 pm

It was 1pm, 2nd half now starting

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Post by coolcole93 » Sun May 02, 2010 2:21 pm

I see that ITFCvideo is taking a day off :(

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 2:31 pm

Well, to be honest, you're probably better off not listening at the moment - 2 goals down and Eastman has just been sent off following a second yellow card :? I'm listening on ITFC Player

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Post by Shed on tour » Sun May 02, 2010 2:39 pm

3-0 now so glad I decided to give it a miss today.

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Post by Mr.Punch » Sun May 02, 2010 2:39 pm

0-3 :cry:

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Post by FATBOY » Sun May 02, 2010 2:42 pm

whats the lineup???

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 2:47 pm

* 26 Murphy
* 04 McAuley
* 12 Peters
* 35 Smith (O'Connor 57)
* 41 Eastman yellow card, red card
* 06 Leadbitter
* 07 Garvan
* 10 Norris (Clark 57)
* 17 Colback (Brown 62)
* 19 Walters
* 40 Wickham

Substitutes

* 28 Lee-Barrett,
* 39 Brown,
* 08 Martin,
* 23 Edwards,
* 30 O'Connor,
* 42 Clark,
* 46 Hyam

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Post by FATBOY » Sun May 02, 2010 2:53 pm

cheers

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Post by phily bon bon » Sun May 02, 2010 2:59 pm

Jesus h christ ...... :(

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 3:05 pm

FT 0-3

Should have ended the season on a high last weekend :lol:

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Post by VictaLawnMower » Sun May 02, 2010 3:38 pm

Well, that's that done.

*dusts hands*

Who's up for a game of Boggle?

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 3:51 pm

What's Boggle?

I'd be up for poker. Or Monopoly.

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Post by VictaLawnMower » Sun May 02, 2010 3:56 pm

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Seems appropriate as the vast majority have had our minds boggled for the better part of the last ten months.

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Post by Ohiotractorboy » Sun May 02, 2010 4:00 pm

VictaLawnMower wrote:Well, that's that done.

*dusts hands*

Who's up for a game of Boggle?
How about Stratego??

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Post by daddysgirl » Sun May 02, 2010 4:01 pm

If you want appropriate, how about Hangman? :wink:

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Post by VictaLawnMower » Sun May 02, 2010 4:04 pm

I'm hoping Monopoly will be much more reflective of the club next season. :wink:

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