Hard luck, Sheffield....who's next?....

Hard luck, Sheffield....who's next?....

Post by Brian Dogge » Wed, 10 Apr 1991 02:00:53

        Extractions from The Sunday Times report......(by Rob Hughes)

                SHEFFIELD UNITED  0     ARSENAL  2

(Sheffield United: Tracey, Pemberton, Booker, Beesley, Barnes, Bradshaw,
Jones, Gannon, Hodges, Deane, Bryson
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Limpar(sub:Thomas 88m),
Davis, Hillier, Merson(sub:Groves 71m), Smith, Campbell)

        In all logic Arsenal, now eight points clear, will not lose the title
race from here {here's hoping}........ Arsenal had to prove what they had
demonstrated all season: that resilience and dependability are the keys to
success in England, and that they have them in abundance.
        ......In truth, Sheffield should have penetrated Seaman's
remarkable sequence of conceding a mere three goals in more than 1000
minutes. Deane seemed able to wriggle free of Dixon at will and when Hodges
joined him in the fifth minute, they forced a corner. This was floated over
by Gannon. Seaman and his central defence stood idly by, and Jones, from
six yards, made a dreadful hash of the gift chance, heading the ball over the
        Arsenal, unaccustomed to such scares, settled their nerves three
minutes later in the most direct way. Seaman kicked the ball out of his
hands, Smith flicked it on with customary deftness, and Campbell was as alert
as a cat......easily claiming his ninth goal this season. ......After 31
minutes, Merson finally awoke, and with a masterly disguised shot, guided
the ball only inches round the far post.

        ......after the resumption, it was Sheffield who bombarded the
Gunners. The high balls rained in and Adams and Bould looked more ragged
than for half a season. .......Mersom was fortunate that when Barnes fell
referee Callow saw no intent in Merson's tackle. .......In the 58th minute,
just outside the penalty area, Adams tangled with Deane messily and brought
him down. A professional foul if ever there was one, yet Adams was relieved
to find only a yellow card wafted above his head.
        The fullest relief came for Arsenal in the 74th minute. Dixon
provided the long clearance, and Campbell had far too much pace and touch
for Beesley. Once he had sprinted through Sheffield's half and squared
the ball, Smith, lurking outside Tracey's area, had an ocean of space and

                        Home                    Away

                P   W   D   L   F   A     W   D   L   F   A     Pts

ARSENAL         32 12   3   0  38   6     9   7   1   22  7      71
Liverpool       31 11   2   2  33  12     8   4   4   27  17     63
Crystal Palace  32  9   4   2  22  17     8   3   6   21  21     58
Leeds United    31 10   2   3  34  13     6   5   5   15  18     55

......the list gets shorter........

...and received through the post this morning - tickets for the semi-final
against Spurs. Are you gonna be there, Bruce?........


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