Sheffield United drew 1-1 with Wolves this afternoon as both sides continued their good starts to season.
Chris Wilder’s men welcomed back John Egan and Dean Henderson into the fold. For Wolves, Max Kilman came in for the suspended Romain Saiss.
It was another excellent start for the Blades, too. Lys Mousset, who had recovered from a hamstring injury in time to play, fired low into the corner after less than two minutes to give United the lead.
For the main, the Blades dominated the first-half. Wolves had a few sniffs of half chances but it was Chris Wilder’s men who should have been two to the good. Mousset twice wasted good opportunities to play people in, while Chris Basham’s cross was narrowly cut out as David McGoldrick lurked.
The second half began much the same. McGoldrick missed another good chance and John Lundstram failed to slide the Blades number 17 in for another chance. McGoldrick, too, was guilty of not finding the right pass early in the half.
And United were made to pay. Matt Doherty swooped at the back post to head Wolves level. That kicked off a shift in momentum in the game. Wolves dominated for the rest of the half in the main, although the Blades did look a threat on the break.
All in all, it was a good and well-earned point for Sheffield United at Wolves. With that, site writer, Lee Connor, has given his player ratings from a tough trip to Molineux…
Dean Henderson – 8
Dealt with a couple of threats well upon his return to the team. A couple of sharp saves once again showing just how important he is to the Blades cause.
George Baldock – 7
Crossed in for the goal and looked his usual energetic self. However, was lucky to stay on the field near the end when he chopped Diogo Jota when already booked.
Chris Basham – 9 (MOTM)
Arguably Basham’s best game of the season. Still managed to forray forward at times but was defensively excellent. Threw his body in front of everything and epitomised what the Blades are all about in defence.
John Egan – 8
Returned to the side with ease and dealt well with the threat of the excellent Raul Jimenez. The Irishman won’t come up against many better strikers this season and he’ll be pleased with his days work.
Jack O’Connell – 7
Another assured performance from O’Connell on a difficult day down the left-hand side for United. Adama Traore, Doherty, and Jonny caused problems but O’Connell did well enough.
Enda Stevens – 6
Not so much a bad performance from Stevens but more of a torrid time from the opposition. He dealt well with the threat of Traore in the main but has rarely been troubled so much this season.
Ollie Norwood – 7
Kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park for United before being swamped near the end. However, Neves and Moutinho are class acts and Norwood did well.
John Fleck – 7
A bit quieter than previous weeks but still put in a shift. Excellent pass for McGoldrick should have brought a second goal for United.
John Lundstram – 7
Another assured and tireless performance from the Blades number 7. Growing in confidence with each passing week and avoided a booking, meaning he is available for the game with Newcastle in midweek.
David McGoldrick – 7
Quieter than recent weeks and should have scored. He’ll be disappointed with a few aspects of his game today but nevertheless he still put in a good performance.
Lys Mousset – 8
But for Basham’s heroics at the back, Mousset would be the MOTM. Brilliantly taken goal early on and a threat all day. Snatched at a second-half chance but looks every bit the class act.
Oli McBurnie – 6
Won a fair share of headers and headed a half chance over. Worked hard and did his job.
Callum Robinson – N/A
Only on the field for five minutes to give Mousset a rest.