Super 6 – 8th July 2020

Manchester City 3-0 Newcastle United
Sheffield United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Ham United 1-1 Burnley
Bristol City 2-1 Hull City
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Preston North End
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Liverpool

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Super 6 – 27th June 2020

Leeds United 1-1 Fulham
Stoke City 1-2 Middlesbrough
Birmingham City 2-1 Hull City
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Norwich City 1-3 Manchester United
Sheffield United 0-1 Arsenal

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Super 6 – 14th December

Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth
Leicester City 3-0 Norwich City
Sheffield United 2-1 Aston Villa
Burnley 1-1 Newcastle United
Leeds United 2-1 Cardiff City
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

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Super 6 – 9th November

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sheffield United
Southampton 0-1 Everton
Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth
Burnley 2-1 West Ham United
Leeds United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
Millwall 1-0 Charlton Athletic

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Super 6 – 2nd November

Manchester City 3-0 Southampton
Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool
Arsenal 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Ham United 2-1 Newcastle United
Sheffield United 1-1 Burnley
Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 Norwich City

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Super 6 – 26th October

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
Watford 2-1 Bournemouth
West Ham United 2-1 Sheffield United
Middlesbrough 1-0 Fulham
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Charlton Athletic
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Barnsley

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Super 6 – 21st September

Burnley 1-1 Norwich City
Everton 2-1 Sheffield United
Manchester City 5-1 Watford
Bristol City 2-1 Swansea City
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Fulham

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Super 6 – 14th September

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Burnley
Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City
Sheffield United 2-1 Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea
Swansea City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

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Super 6 – 31st August 2019

Chelsea 3-1 Sheffield United
Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
Leicester City 2-1 Bournemouth
Manchester City 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Newcastle United 1-1 Watford
West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City

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Super 6 – 24th August 2019

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Southampton
Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City
Watford 1-1 West Ham United
Fulham 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Reading

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Growing the Grecians #61 – Sean Bean’s revenge

A late penalty against West Ham gave us the three points and two wins on the bounce – can we make it three from three for the first time in a long time.

Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Opponent: Sheffield United (17th)
Venue: Bramall Lane
Odds: Sheffield United=Evens, Draw=11/5, Exeter City=11/5
Weather: Drizzle, 3C
Referee: Mr. Alan Beck

Loic Fournier makes his 25th career league appearance. We get off to a flying start – in the 8th minute Bradley Johnson plays in Federico Cenci and he scores his 20th goal of the season from 10 yards. Four minutes later, Cenci looks to turn provider by passing to Jonny Hayes, but Elizondo saves his shot from 16 yards. With 28 minutes on the clock, Quinn takes a free kick from the left and he picks out Omai at the far post. Omai heads from 12 yards and McCarey saves. With a minute to go until half time, Quinn takes another free kick and this one finds Banton. He shoots from 16 yards and scores. Before he can raise his arm in celebration, Mr. Beck’s whistle goes. Offside.

Mollins shoots over from 12 yards in the 48th minute as Sheffield United start the second half well. 56 minutes in and Luca D’Avanzo is forced off with an injury. Lubomir Zapotoka is his replacement. Cenci goes close to doubling the lead in 64th minute, but his shot from 35 yards out hits the bar and Sheffield United play their way out of danger. Michele Marconi and Oliver Norwood replace Cenci and Johnson in the 66th minute. Two minutes later, Omai crosses from the right and Goian levels from an acute angle. Things get even worse in the 70th minute as Sheffield United take the lead. Quinn plays in Jackson and he rolls the ball under an onrushing McCarey from 12 yards. Two minutes later, McCarey has to react quickly to deny Jackson doubling his tally. Although he can’t hold on, we’re able to clear the ball for a throw. With four minutes to go, Goian looks to double his tally from 18 yards, but McCarey saves and the defence completes the clearance. One minute later, Gennaro Riccardi crosses from the left and Marconi flicks the ball on, but Elizondo saves comfortably. In the third minute of stoppage time, McCarey parries a Goian shot from 18 yards and Jackson is able to walk the ball into an empty net and seal the points for the hosts.

Result: Sheffield Unite 3-1 Exeter City
Man of the Match: Jackson
Ratings: GK-McCarey (6.1), DR-Rentea (5.7), DCR_D’Avanzo (6.8, sub 56), DCL-Vukovic (6.1), DL-Riccardi (5.8), DMC-Fournier (6.8), MCR-Matip (6.8), MCL-Johnson (7.2, A, sub 66), AMR-Hayes (5.8), AML-Besse (6.1), ST-Cenci (7.5, G, sub 66). Subs-Zapotoka (5.8, on 56), Norwood (6.3, on 66), Marconi (6.2, on 66). Unused-Bond, Michel.
Attendance: 13,288
League Position: 3rd
Match Stats:

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A good start, but we didn’t do much after that. D’Avanzo’s injury followed by a couple of substitutions saw a bit of a defensive collapse as two quickfire goals put Sheffield United in a strong position. D’Avanzo will be out for 3-4 days with a dead leg. We can have no complaints about the result.

Middlesbrough agree to my negotiation over their loan offer for Will Keane and he agrees to the temporary switch.

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Growing the Grecians #37 – Sean Bean, what’s the score?

After our capitulation in the last 10 minutes of our League Cup tie at Brighton, we return to league action with a home fixture. As long as we’re leading by four goals with 10 minutes to go, I’m confident we can get something out of the game.

Date: Saturday 24th September
Opponent: Sheffield United (11th)
Venue: St. James Park
Odds: Exeter City=5/4, Draw=11/5, Sheffield United=7/4
Weather: Showers, 12C
Referee: Mr. Lee Mason

The first team regulars return to action, resulting in Gennaro Riccardi making his 50th league appearance. Three minutes in, Federico Cenci shoots from 30 yards. It’s straight at Joronen and seems harmless enough, but it somehow finds its way under him and into the net for Cenci’s 5th goal of the season. A great start and Cenci is evidently aware that Marconi is returning to the fold. We continue to pressure and Bradley Johnson unleashes a rocket from 25 yards in the 15th minute. Joronen is alert and does just enough to tip the ball wide. Four minutes later, Harvey takes an inswinging corner. Our defence has switched off completely and Keene is unmarked 6 yards out. He meets the ball with a header and Jonathan Bond is able to parry the ball. It’s still heading towards the net, but Riccardi clears off the line, determined to make his 50th league appearance successful. Keene does find the net a minute later from 20 yards, but it’s the side netting and we remain in the lead. Bertin Matip takes an inswinging free kick in the 25th minute. It rebounds off a defender and falls to Cenci. He’s 6 yards out and makes no mistake, doubling his and our tally with his 6th goal of the season. Keene has another chance for Sheffield United in the 29th minute when Ephraim crosses from the left. He’s 4 yards out, but he heads wide. Eight minutes later, Michel plays in Cenci and he shoots immediately from 18 yards. Joronen saves and parries the ball and it appears to be going out for a corner, but Jonny Hayes picks up the rebound on the byeline. He stands the ball up into the danger area. Cenci has remained alive to the chance and gets to the ball, completing his hat-trick with a header from 6 yards. With a minute to go until half time, Matip takes an outswinging corner and it reaches Cenci at the near post. He flicks the ball on and the flick-on reaches Luca D’Avanzo, who registers his first goal for the club from 3 yards to end a dream first half.

Ten minutes into the second half, Ephraim crosses from the left and Bageta hits a first time effort from 12 yards to reduce Sheffield United’s arrears. I respond with a substitution five minutes later as Florian Koch comes on for Hayes. Rentea picks up a knock, but I give him the chance to run it off. Davies outpaces Rentea in the 64th minute and shoots from 12 yards, but hits the side netting. It’s a sign that Rentea is struggling and I take him off a minute later, with George King his replacement. King goes in at centre back, with D’Avanzo shuffling across to right back. The substitution follows Harvey entering Mr. Mason’s book for a foul on Michel. My final substitution comes in the 75th minute when Jay Spearing takes the place of Johnson. The match peters out and we secure a convincing win.

Result: Exeter City 4-1 Sheffield United
Man of the Match: Federico Cenci
Ratings: GK-Bond (6.9), DR-Rentea (7.0, off 65), DCR-D’Avanzo (7.8, G), DCL-Vukovic (7.3), DL-Riccardi (7.2), MCR-Matip (8.8, 2A), MCL-Johnson (7.0, off 75), AMR-Hayes (7.2, A, off 60), AMC-Michel (7.1), AML-Varga (7.0), ST-Cenci (9.6, 3G). Subs-Koch (6.5, on 60), King (6.8, on 65), Spearing (6.8, on 75). Unused-Spasov, Langer.
Attendance: 8,714
League Position: 6th
Match Stats:

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It’s a convincing win and just what was needed after our League Cup loss. It’s no wonder that Rentea was outpaced as he’s pulled his hamstring and will be out for 3 or 4 weeks. Team of the Week is named and after such a good performance, we have three players named in it – Luca D’Avanzo, Bertin Matip and (unsurprisingly) Federico Cenci.

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