By Daryl Hornby (Sheffield United supporter)
Sheffield United 5-3 Bournemouth – 01/09/2012
Sheffield United and Bournemouth played out an absolute goal fest at Bramall Lane, where John Cofie started once again for the Blades and got his name on the scoresheet for the second consecutive game. He was pretty anonymous in the early stages of the game, with one decent run from his own penalty area to the halfway line as he helped out defensively from a Bournemouth corner. He wasn’t involved in any of the opening two goals for Sheffield United as they reversed a 1-0 deficit to go 2-1 in front with goals in the 24th and 31st minute. Cofie got his first goal at Bramall Lane on 43 minutes to give the home side a 3-1 lead, and just like Colchester the week before, he showed his obvious talent with an absolute stunner. He picked the ball up at the halfway line, and immediately started to run at the Bournemouth defence. He took on 2 players before firing a great shot from the corner of the penalty area right into the far top corner of the net with 2 defenders around him. He almost managed to score another goal in first half injury time, as he cut inside from the left hand side of the area and hit the bar from a central position 20 yards out. He worked hard in the second half but didn’t get a chance to grab another goal as he was substituted in the 56th minute of the game, to a rapturous applause from the Sheffield United faithful.
Scunthorpe United 1-1 Sheffield United – 08/09/2012
The Blades continued their unbeaten start to the season with this point at Glanford Park, where the Blades have never won a competitive game. Loanee John Cofie was again in the starting line up as he looked to continue his scoring run. However, this was a really difficult game for the youngster as he struggled to get a touch of the ball with the visitors on the back foot in the opening stages of the game, before captain Michael Doyle was sent off after 15 minutes for a needless stamp in midfield. This saw Cofie moved to an unfamiliar position on the right hand side of midfield. Despite not seeing much of the ball throughout the game, Cofie worked tirelessly to help his team mates out with their defensive duties. Whilst being in a role that he clearly wasn’t used to, he deserves a lot of credit for his attitude and application. This was even more crucial after 72 minutes when the Blades were reduced to 9 men as Ryan Flynn was shown a straight red card, 12 minutes after going 1-0 down from a Leon Clarke header. The understandably exhausted Cofie was substituted in the 82nd minute of the game, and miraculously the away side managed to score an equaliser through Neill Collins to rescue a point in the 83rd minute, much to the jubilation of the 2,232 away supporters.
Sheffield United 1-1 Bury – 15/09/2012
After being reduced to nine men the week before, Sheffield United were forced into changes but John Cofie kept his position upfront alongside his usual companion Nick Blackman. Sadly, this was not his best game in a red and white shirt. He wasn’t involved in the game as much as he would like to be, as he found himself too far away from his strike partner on a consistent basis. He showed signs of talent with a couple of nice touches but the game was probably a bit too physical for him. He was shrugged off the ball easily by the Bury defence and struggled to cause them problems at all. He was substituted once again, with the score at 1-1. This time it was after 52 minutes of the game in place of the more physical and experienced striker, Richard Cresswell. Both goals had come in the first half, with Nick Blackman opening the scoring after 10 minutes and Peter Sweeney levelling for the visitors almost immediately with a free kick in the 12th minute.
Sheffield United 0-0 Doncaster Rovers – 18/09/2012
Drawing is becoming a bit of a habit for Sheffield United as they played out another stalemate with local rivals Doncaster Rovers, making it five draws from their first seven games. Manchester United loanee John Cofie was named amongst the substitutes for this game, but wasn’t really given the chance to make an impact as he was introduced in the 87th minute, replacing another loanee, Paul Gallagher, and barely had a touch of the ball. This was a very uneventful game of football and certainly warranted the goalless scoreline with neither side having the creativity to cause the other problems.
Yeovil Town 0-1 Sheffield United – 22/09/2012
After a long trip down south, Sheffield United deservedly came away from Huish Park with all three points after three consecutive draws to remain unbeaten in the league. John Cofie was once again named amongst the Blades’ substitutes, but manager Danny Wilson opted against introducing the promising youngster to proceedings. He instead looked to sure up the 1-0 lead that was given to them courtesy of Neill Collins’ bullet header early in the second half from Paul Gallagher’s corner kick. This was essentially proved to be a correct decision as the visitors would win the game without the Glovers really testing them in the second half.
Sheffield United 1-1 Notts County – 29/09/2012
For the sixth game out of nine this season, Sheffield United shared the points after yet another draw. This time, high flying Notts County were the visitors as they arrived at Bramall Lane sat in second place. Dave Kitson and Nick Blackman were again given starts over John Cofie, who was named amongst the substitutes bench for the third consecutive game. The home side really dominated this game as they looked to build on the win at Yeovil last weekend, creating a number of chances and would have been at least two goals in front at half time was it not for the excellence of County keeper Bialkowski. The second half brought much of the same and this led to a goal on 51 minutes as Dave Kitson powered home a header from 8 yards out to give the home side a deserved lead. There were a couple of chances for United to double their lead but they didn’t take advantage, and Lee Hughes made them pay for that by earning his side a point in the 76th minute. A corner caused mass confusion in the penalty area, and he fired in to the roof of the net from close range to the delight of around 2,000 visiting Notts County fans. Manchester United loanee John Cofie was introduced in the 85th minute of the game on the left hand side of midfield and unfortunately didn’t have an opportunity to make an impact to help his side win the game.
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