Sheffield United Fan’s View: Pride in defeat

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We all expected it to be somewhat different from our usual dismal trips to Wembley and indeed it was, says Matthew Bell.

Okay, ultimately it was another addition to our catalogue of glorious failures – United in a one-off big match like this always ends in failure, either dismal or glorious – but this was a better class of glorious failure.

When Jose Baxter scored the feeling was more of shock than elation but Stefan Scougall’s second just moments after Hull’s equaliser raised real hopes that a big shock might be on. I wonder if Scougall thinks he made the right decision in moving south?

Steve Bruce’s change of personnel and formation at half time maybe caught United by surprise. Because of Matt Fryatt’s pressing, suddenly Maguire and Collins could not bring the ball out as they had been doing in the first half and United simply never got going.

Note also that Fryatt’s killer leveller apart, Hull had to produce four sparkling goals to beat us.

But this United never gives up and for another brief moment extra time hung tantalisingly close. Then when David Meyler got the fifth something remarkable happened.

As Hull celebrated the goal that sealed victory, Blades fans spontaneously started to applaud and carried on doing so long past the final whistle. It was quite a sight to see.

Credit to former Blades manager Steve Bruce for waiting to shake the hand of every United player before going over to his team’s fans. And to Quinny for being so apologetic about scoring against us.