Sheffield United were knocked out of the FA Cup in one of the most brutal ways as they thought they had taken the quarter-final tie to against Arsenal to extra-time thanks to a goal by David McGoldrick in the 87th minute. However a Dani Ceballos goal in the 90th minute sealed the victory for the Gunners.
The game means that Sheffield United have lost three and drawn one of the four games that they have played since football returned, and they will be hopeful that they can turn around their poor form soon.
BT Sport were showing the game, and former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who is a regular pundit for the channel, discussed the Blades’ performance and believes they had a good game, but also believes that one factor is affecting their performances.
“They got themselves back in that position from putting Arsenal under pressure, especially through set-pieces, throw-ins and corners.
“I thought McGoldrick was very good in the second-half, with his hold-up play and bringing others into it.
“Getting into this position after working so hard, you expect them to get through to extra-time and then the quality would tell then, but they didn’t get to that. I’m sure Chris Wilder will be very disappointed.
“One of the fans we were speaking to summed it up perfectly. They’re missing their fans as much, if not more, than anyone else. Bramall Lane, when it’s rocking, is a hard place for an away team.”
It’s hard to disagree with Ferdinand here, the team fought massively and looked to have been on top when they scored the goal. At the start of the campaign, no one expected them to have such a successful season, and now with them having to utilise squad players more, it is easy to see why people thought this.
The fact they are having to rely on players like veteran defender Phil Jagielka when others are injured or suspended highlights their lack in squad depth, and clearly the fans getting behind them has massively helped them during games.
At home they have played 15 and won seven whilst losing five and drawing three, whilst away from home they have played 16 and won four and lost four whilst drawing eight, highlighting that their home stadium, with the back of the fans, has become somewhat of a fortress, via Footystats.
Hopefully the Blades can improve their form and have a good end to the campaign.
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