Another weekend goes by and it’s another frustrating one for Sheffield United fans, who had to sit through a laborious 0-0 draw with Coventry City yesterday.
A late burst of energy from United didn’t prove enough to get the three points as Slavisa Jokanovic once again watched his team struggle. And in truth, Coventry could have won it before the Blades had their late surge.
Once again, David McGoldrick was culpable for missing a few big chances as his finishing from the 19/20 season seemed to rear its ugly head. But beyond those two chances Didzy had and a few late snap shots that were blocked, it was much of the same for United.
Indeed, it panned out pretty much as former Blades midfielder, Lee Hendrie, had predicted in the Sky Sports studio.
Speaking ahead of yesterdays clash with Coventry City, former Blade Hendrie was in the Sky Sports studio.
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And much like Don Goodman, Hendrie was unimpressed with what he has seen from Sheffield United this season.
“I’ve been disappointed the way they’ve set up. I know Don touched on this regarding this hangover that seems to hang over teams when they come down from the Premier League,” Hendrie said live on Sky.
“But I just feel with the amount of quality they’ve got in that squad the quality of the manager they’ve got, they’ve just been really disappointing. I just felt at times when I’ve watched Sheffield United, it’s almost been a boring watch. Possession based, but no killer instinct.
“I look at that strike force and it’s just not happening. You’re asking Billy Sharp to provide, and he should be scoring the goals.”
Our View: Like Goodman, Hendrie makes a valid point
Once again, it’s hard to disagree with Lee Hendrie here. The atmosphere inside Bramall Lane is flat and there is no question the style of play is contributing to that.
Sure, this is a different era to the Chris Wilder one. Jokanovic has his own way, and a proven way we might add, of doing things. But is that what this Sheffield United crowd really want? At the moment, it isn’t. And it isn’t helping things at all.
The Blades have always enjoyed success before being an up and at them football team. At the moment, we are miles away. As Hendrie says, it is boring to watch and at times, you find yourself just waiting for the inevitable goal to come from the opposition.
It seems that at the moment, something is missing. The formation doesn’t seem to matter, so ultimately, the players and coaching staff need to find that spark. And quickly.