It was a difficult weekend for Sheffield United, a tough weekend for football as a community and that was nothing to do with what competition it was or who the opposition were.
The loss of a very special member of the football world and the world of sport as a whole had such a powerful effect on people, whether you knew him or not.
The death of Gary Speed still hasn’t sunk in for me and I’m sure it hasn’t for a lot of people.
I was very proud of the Blades for the respects that were paid and the way our team bounced back against Torquay United.
Danny Wilson’s half time talk deserves some credit and the way he motivated his players to show strength in the face of adversity and power through.
I’m sure that Gary’s name was mentioned and helped us come back strong from being 1-0 down at the break.
It was an emotional day for all.
That result continues United’s good run of form, consistency and confidence. I don’t mind where we are sitting in the table at the moment, slightly under the radar but in touching distance of the leaders.
I certainly don’t mind either if for now the Blades just keep grinding out the results, keep tight at the back and hold that little bit of consistency that can be all the difference to what league we end up next season.
Financially it can’t be bad to still be in the FA Cup, money is tight and I think everyone will be pleased with another home tie and avoiding any Premier League clubs.
We may not have a glory tie but we have a very good chance of making it to the fourth round by beating Salisbury or Grimsby on January 7 which we are more than capable of doing. That would be a nice start to 2012 thank you very much. I’m sure Grimsby would be well up for a tie with us though if they get there. Actually I quite fancy that fixture.
Come on Grimsby!
The January transfer window will be upon us, by then. I wondered if the boss is compiling a bit of a Christmas list. Here’s hoping it’s not just a wish list and we keep strengthening our squad.
James Beattie will have done that by then, ok maybe I’m the one wishing now! However there was a murmur he’d be on bench in United’s last game and hopefully he can help out during the busy winter period and when not if, he’s firing on all cylinders come the end of February for the return derby then you and me and all Blades will be absolutely delighted.
Isn’t that a nice plan for the rest of the season?
Meanwhile as I write this I’m heading up to Sheffield to speak at my old school and will have a sneaky visit to Bramall Lane and a quick spree around the shop for some easy Christmas presents - I’m sure I can even find something for my Owl of a Grandad!