I always try to be someone with a sunny disposition, someone who always tries to take a positive out of the many negatives in life, but today when it comes to Sheffield United I just can’t invoke that optimism, that ray of sunshine that we all need.
Rather than just stating the obvious – that this season has been a horrible season for the Yorkshire club – I’m just going to bombard you with some statistics. If you’re a Bramall Lane club fan your reading is sorry so you might want to look away now.
Sheffield United have lost five consecutive away matches in all competitions without even hitting the net once. They have lost 23 times in their first 29 Premier League appearances this season, tying Sunderland’s record of 2005-06. They are the top elite scorers having found the back of the net just 16 times and if they fail to score today it will be the fourth game in a row they have not scored – an achievement they have not scored. they were last successful in April 2000. They did not. has kept a clean sheet in 19 away appearances in the Premier League.
They sit at the bottom of the table and thanks to West Brom’s shock victory at Chelsea (they’ve scored four times against a defense that’s been the personification of parsimony recently) they’re seven out of 19 (they’re a mammoth 14). survival points which, let’s face it, will not happen, they are currently led by goalkeeper Paul Heckingbottom and barring a miracle they are heading for the championship.
Sorry, I admit this is all kind of gloomy and gloomy, so here’s an attempt at positivity – a Yorkshire derby against Leeds United is just the kind of game to wake Sheffield United from their lethargy. Can the passions of a proud sports riding come to the fore and put the side on the winning track?
They have to start winning to have any hope of avoiding what seems inevitable.
Stay here to see if derby day does the trick for the basement club.