Mon. Mar 30th, 2020
Sheffield United 2 Norwich City 1

The knives are sharpening in Sheffield

Sheffield United 2 Norwich City 1: A last minute defeat at Sheffield United and the season’s written off, just three games into a 46 match slog.

Sheffield United 2 Norwich City 1

After another defeat City need to come to their senses. Quickly.

There it is… The smell of another last minute goal. The sour taste of defeat. The sound of vultures circling.

What a difference one touch can make. Leave Bramall Lane with a draw and it’s a gutsy, well-earned point. A last minute defeat and the season’s written off, just three games into a 46 match slog.

Were the Canaries that bad in Yorkshire?… Has Farke got it so wrong? Is this season really over already?

Sheffield United (a) What happened?

Basically, City went to Yorkshire, got battered for a bit, let a goal in, then woke up. Jordan Rhodes equalised following yet more great work by Onel Hernandez and celebrated in front of the home fans (being a Wednesday player, they did not like this).

After last year’s match, they do not like Norwich either.

Following this celebration they now really dislike Rhodes.

It is fun winding them up though.

But, after trading blows, during which Rhodes hit the post, Pukki fired over, Leitner had his shot saved (when he really should have scored… or passed…) and Tim Krul made a great block with his legs, the United fans were delighted when they scored the winner with the last kick (head).

A hard earned point evaporated into thin air.

So where has it gone so wrong this season? In our preview of this campaign, we said we wanted to see fast attacking football. We’ve had that. Six goals in three games is undoubtedly a marked improvement on last year. It’s at the other end, where eight conceded is bettered (or worsened) only by QPR. And they themselves had only let in three prior to the weekend.

Maybe Farke will never be able to get the attacking/defensive balance right. A footballing trick he’ll never be able to perfect. Maybe we have to settle for bore draws and clean sheets instead of attacking football and defeats. The former is more successful.

Both will see him ushered out the door.

As he knows he has to win games. And win them well. That’s the nature of the beast you’re dealing with here Herr Farke.

What now for Daniel Farke?

A good start was essential for the German this season. He hasn’t had it. Improved performances have delivered nothing and the knives are being sharpened. Appropriate really given Sheffield’s main export.

A big couple of weeks lie in wait for Farke. Two home games followed by the derby. A chance to move upwards. Or to very quickly end up in deep brown sticky stuff.

If Farke were to go, and don’t think for one moment that this is the want of this poster (or I believe the board), then it would be wrong to look back on his time as a failure, as many surely will do.

For surely last season’s brief was achieved. Find us some players we can sell for big money. This year’s mission was always going to be difficult – better last season, but without said players. If he is to stay past his current contract, next season could be even harder for him: repeat the trick again.

With current investment levels, this is the only sensible course of action. Administration would have come this season had Maddison and Murphy not been sold. The deficit is smaller this season, but at its end, players such as Lewis and Hernandez may see their value cashed in.

Of course, the other way to make a quick buck is promotion. But that will require something Farke has yet to find. An attacking threat AND a defensive solidarity. And maybe a bit of luck. It doesn’t seem far away. Those three points are within touching distance. Let’s hope it’s not too long before we feel the emotion of a win at home. Starting this week!

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