Blackwell 'distraught'

Last updated : 07 February 2009 By Bladesmadeditor
Kevin Blackwell
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The former Luton and Leeds Gaffer became the first Sheffield United manager to lose twice in one season (in the league) to Sheffield Wednesday in over 95 years.

After the game he said: "I cannot tell you how much of a blow it is to lose to our biggest rivals, and it will be hard to live with because it is the worst feeling ever. If there is a game that we cannot afford to lose it is this one.

"We won't be able to sleep for days, not until the next game, and if it doesn't hurt us we shouldn't be managers and players.

"At the end of the day we have lost to a world class strike that would be hailed the world over if it had been scored by Ronaldinho. Credit to Tudgay, he meant it and I was right behind it and knew it was going into the top corner.

"I am not going to hammer the players, they have been magnificent all season and got back quickly after the early shock.

"We had the majority of possession but that is no good if you don't make good use of it and it just didn't go for us today. In the first-half we made several chances and they couldn't handle our set-pieces - but their effort bent in and ours bent out or were blocked.

"Paddy Kenny has had very little to do and after scoring with a great strike Wednesday were able to shut up shop.

Blackwell was booed when goal scorer Arturo Lupoli was substituted, He explains his decision to do this: "He was tiring and being short on numbers I can't afford to lose anyone else. Strains tend to happen when players are tired because we have some big games coming up.

"He hasn't been able to train, has been stuck in the hotel for days and hasn't played much for Norwich. I asked him to give me what he had and he did well until he needed to come off."

Although after the match Lupoli did say: "I had energy left in me, I could have carried on for a bit longer." A bit mystical?