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Mike Bassett, modern football and even more misery: the story of Sheffield United’s loss to Crystal Palace UK News

“What’s wrong? Is your bottle of f ***** g gone? Get your fucking fingers out,” began the tirade of the besieged boss. “You did it all and the crowd is yelling at me. on it, but she should yell at you. Watch out for me when I talk f ***** g. “

Yes, it was a work of fiction. Yes, Bassett has been criticized for being a dinosaur. But there comes a time when good ol ‘rollicking is more effective than a tactical session on a laptop. From Sheffield United’s perspective, as they headed towards their final loss in what has been a thoroughly dismal season, the midpoint of Saturday’s game against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace was the one of those occasions. Tasteless, devoid of aggression and anything resembling conviction, they were lucky enough to be dragged only by a zero goal.

“We were beaten by the better team that day,” conceded Heckingbottom, after seeing strikes from Christian Benteke and Eberechi Eze finish the game. “This feeling of wanting the end of the season has been there for a while. Personally, I can’t stand it because you are always playing for something. But it’s difficult, and you can’t deny it.

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John Egan looks back on another disappointing game for Sheffield United, this time against Crystal Palace: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

“One of the reasons I love working with this group is their honesty. The honesty they need to try to keep going.

You can’t blame Heckingbottom for trying to cover up United’s failures. After all, having discovered that he was a contender to be taken over permanently, the coach of the Under-23 club is trying to talk a team which, on the evidence of this game, is now starting a game hoping to be beaten. .

But modern football’s obsession with methods, philosophies and science means he’s unlikely to have gone all “Bassett” when he returned to the locker room for the break. United couldn’t have complained if he had. Having conceded less than two minutes into another unforgettable encounter, the ease with which Eze was cleared to score second from Palace was a gift to the editors of newspaper headlines.

Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane: Alex Livesey, pool

“When you’re where we are, at the bottom of the table, letting one in after 90 seconds knocked the prank off us,” Heckingbottom continued. “With the Palace quality on the counter, it worked things out for them perfectly. We had a few chances, but we couldn’t take them, so we had some momentum later.

Palace mathematically confirmed their survival after becoming the 14th team to win at Bramall Lane this season, although Hodgson later insisted he never felt in danger of falling. United took part in the contest already consigned to the championship. And that’s no wonder, given how negligent possession is and unwillingness to take on a challenge here.

There were, however, a few notable exceptions. Two, maybe three at a time, players who might be happy with their efforts. One was Aaron Ramsdale, who produced two superb saves to ensure the score remained respectable. The other, teenage debutant Daniel Jebbison, made his presence felt on offense after being introduced just past the hour mark.

Sheffield United offered little on the way to their latest Premier League loss: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

“Daniel deserved his chance,” said Heckingbottom, who also saw John Fleck show a bit of tenacity. “I have always been clear, I will only introduce these boys if they are good enough and he definitely justified his race.

Benteke’s opener, which swerved en route to the back of Ramsdale’s net, set the tone for the afternoon. United appeared in little danger when Eze, a point target from their former coach Chris Wilder, picked up the ball in their midfield. But as neither Kean Bryan nor John Egan was doing anything to hamper his progress, he rushed to the penalty area before finding the Belgian with a cross. George Baldock tried to block the shot but helped him cross the line instead.

“Eberechi has had a difficult time because it has been a baptism of fire for him,” said Hodgson, recounting the 22-year-old’s progress after his summer departure from QPR. “It’s not easy for him to take the ball against players like Manchester City and show off those silky skills that he did today, when there was a little more space in the midfield .

Sheffield United failed to impress against Crystal Palace: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

“But he was bold when he caught the ball and as we know he pushed it forward when he got it.

In other words, do it all, even though Hodgson was too polite to say it, United didn’t.

With Palace authorized to fortify themselves together …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-08 21:14:49