Blades beaten by Madden double – A fans view
FT score: Sheffield United 0 – 2 Yeovil Town (Npower League One)
Stadium: Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Sheffield United goalscorer/s: none
Yeovil Town goalscorer/s: Madden 49', 64'
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My Man of the Match: Paddy Madden (Yeovil) – He never gives up chasing down balls, even though they look like a lost cause. This was shown in the second goal he scored as he stole the ball off the Blades goalkeeper to calmly finish into an open goal.
Referee: Phillips 5/10 – A very poor display in which he never really stamped his authority on the game. His decisions were inconsistent to both sides. If he could avoid making a decision, he did.
Yeovil Town arguably produced their best all-round display of the season as they managed to comfortably beat promotion chasing Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The Blades had only lost one game at home before this encounter but hardly forced Marek Stech into a save all match as Yeovil largely controlled.
The Green & Whites had never scored a goal against United but were looking for a third straight win in the league after comfortable victories over Leyton Orient and Portsmouth respectively.
Yeovil needed to bounce back from their disappointing performance in the JPT Area Semi-Final and did just that; looking like the better side while keeping up a high tempo.
The Glovers were nearly gifted an opening goal when striker Paddy Madden was put through after a terrible back header by a Sheffield United defender, only for the Irishman to uncharacteristically fluff his lines.
Up the other end the Blades had a free-kick that did not trouble Stech in the Glovers goal.
Luke Ayling then lifted a ball to the edge of the Blades penalty area that was well controlled by James Hayter, before he unleashed a shot which was well tipped over by Long.
Hayter had another opportunity to break the deadlock when he wastefully fired over after being well placed.
The Glovers were now racking up the chances but couldn't find a way through; the score all square at the interval.
Just four minutes after the restart, Yeovil got what they deserved when of all people centre-half Byron Webster brilliantly flicked a ball to Paddy Madden who had the composure and nerve to take his time before finishing low into the right hand bottom corner and scoring his eleventh goal of the season.
That goal seemed to wake the Blades from their slumber and they were close to testing the largely untroubled Glovers goalkeeper when a long range shot flew just over the bar.
United then had a corner which was easily cleared by the Yeovil defence, albeit straight to the corner taker who delivered a much better cross second time round that was deflected just past the post after Luke Ayling got the final touch.
Yeovil then pumped the ball long up field which was easily passed back to the Blades goalkeeper. He seemed to have plenty of time to kick it back towards the Yeovil half but seemed to get the ball stuck in between his feet. Tireless runner Paddy Madden pounced on this mistake, managing to nick the ball from Long before performing the simple task of tapping it into the unguarded net.
Sheffield United had one last chance to perhaps cause the Glovers a nervous final few moments when a quickly worked free-kick caused a goalmouth scramble, with Yeovil eventually able to clear the ball to safety after a brilliant goal line block.
What a game and what a result! Every single player worked their socks off for the team and outplayed Sheffield United in every area of the park. The Glovers will see this win as a vital three points towards their play-off push, with them now only one point off sixth place in eighth position.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14.