Blades too sharp for Blues

Blues are beaten by Sheffield United as Andy Munro looks forward.

With Blues safe and all eyes on what looks like a promising takeover (albeit only 48%), this game was always going to be just a sideshow. In truth, Blues didn’t deserve anything from the game although a late rally and some substitutions made it a closer affair than the ninety minutes really warranted.

John Eustace reverted to wingbacks but unfortunately this never really gelled with Jordan Graham particularly ineffective going forward and, like Emmanuel Longelo, defensively giving the opposition wide players far too much space.

Both the goals from the Blades came from mistakes, with the inconsistent Juninho Bacuna culpable for the first one. Up front the Juke battled away and won plenty of headers but Redra Khadra was usually too far away to benefit.

The subs brought a much needed injection of energy in Jordan James and Hannibal Majbri. It’s just a shame the latter is unlikely to be with us next season. MArc Roberts came on and apart from setting up our goal was unfortunately as dangerous in his own box. Troy Deeney also had a run out but frankly was a poor man’s Juke. Incidentally it was a shame that the young prospect Trevan Sanusi didn’t get ten minutes

Next season will need to include a big clear out of high earners, of which Deane, Etheridge, Hogan, Deeney and Colin need to form some of those departures, maybe only keeping just the latter if he agrees to a pay cut. If we can realistically keep either Trusty or Sandersen and either Hannibal or Khadra then with our promising set of youngsters hopefully retained then we probably just need a new, younger quick central striker. Surely if Sheffield United can sign an excellent striker from lowly Boreham Wood in Iliman N’Diaye then if we have any sort of scouting network then we should be able to gamble on a non league nugget or two?

Either way, the future looks bright with the takeover but whether that includes Eustace remains to be seen.