A much improved second-half display from Sheffield United ensured they ran out 2-1 winners at Norwich this afternoon.
After arguably their poorest performance of the season in the opening 45, the Blades came flying out of the traps in the second period.
First, George Baldock provided a pinpoint cross for Enda Stevens to power home. Then, just three minutes later, Baldock himself got in on the scoring act with a brilliant spin and finish inside the 18-yard box.
It was Baldock’s second goal of the season for the Blades. It was a deserved one, too. The wing-back put in a brilliant display all afternoon down the right-hand side.
Dean Henderson was on hand to keep the Blades in front. He saved superbly from Todd Cantwell in the second half to ensure United took all three points back to Bramall Lane.
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United could and probably should have had a third goal. David McGoldrick once again the man to miss the chances when it looked like he could put the game to bed. John Lundstram also saw an effort ruled out by VAR earlier in the half.
It was probably the best game George Baldock has had for the Blades. He flew up and down the right all game and, even in a poor first-half team display, was the Blades’ biggest threat.
Baldock has improved week on week under Chris Wilder. He now looks every bit the Premier League defender. Indeed, but for a plethora of talent at right-back in the PL, he might even be pushing for an England spot.
His goal and assist today were just rewards for a player who epitomises everything about this Sheffield United team.
David McGoldrick conundrum
We spoke earlier in the year about McGoldrick and since then, he still hasn’t got that elusive Premier League goal.
However, he was superb in the second period for the Blades. He linked play, worked hard, and dropped into deeper areas to prevent Mario Vrancic running things as he had done in the first half.
McGoldrick just needs one to go in. Whether it be a deflection, a tap-in, anything. It’s clearly affecting him in front of goal. His second-half finish when through on goal showed he doesn’t back himself at the moment.
But, it will come for McGoldrick. Despite the misses, he can still be happy with another excellent performance.