Sheffield United saw off Bournemouth as they continued their charge towards European football.
John Lundstram was the hero at Bramall Lane, tucking smartly past Aaron Ramsdale to add to Billy Sharp’s equaliser just before half-time. Callum Wilson had given the Cherries a deserved lead in the opening 15 minutes.
United were not at the races for the majority of the first period. Despite Billy Sharp going close, it was Eddie Howe’s men who had the majority of the good chances.
Harry Wilson should have done better with a header while Ryan Fraser made the wrong pass when in on goal. In fact, it very much looked like Bournemouth would make it two before the Blades got back into the game.
However, the second half was a different story. United came out firing and went close on a number of occasions. Billy Sharp had a well-taken volley saved, George Baldock and Chris Basham both got in behind to create chances before Lys Mousset was denied by a fine block by Adam Smith.
But United wouldn’t rest and got their just rewards when Lundstram netted the winner on 84 minutes. It followed fine work from Mousset and capped off a much-improved second period for the Blades.
The win put United just two points off the top four. With a break in Dubai planned before another winnable game against Brighton in two weeks, things are very much looking up for the Blades.
With that, then, our site writer here at Sheffield United.News gave his player ratings following the Blades’ latest win.
Dean Henderson – 8
Was relatively untroubled but pulled off a fine save to deny Ryan Fraser with the scores at 1-1. Dealt well with some tricky high balls too, opting to punch instead of catch in the tricky conditions.
Enda Stevens – 7
Stevens has been back to his normal self of late and was a big threat for the Blades throughout. Did superbly well to help set up the equaliser, too.
Jack O’Connell – 6
Uncharacteristically sloppy at times from O’Connell but he dealt well enough with the threat of Callum Wilson.
John Egan – 6
Like O’Connell, seemed to struggle at times, especially in the first half.
Chris Basham – 8
A fine display from Basham who was given MOTM on BT Sport. However, he was caught out on more than one occasion in the first period.
George Baldock – 7
Grew into the game in an attacking sense and defended well when needed towards the end. Another solid display from the Blades speedster.
Ollie Norwood – 7
Reliable as ever in the middle from Norwood and seemed to do more of the dirty work today rather than influence with his extensive passing.
John Fleck – 7
Fleck was good but it was by no means his best performance. Still, he was key in a lot of good the Blades did.
Sander Berge – 6
The Norwegian struggled in the opening half an hour but then got to grips with the game. Once again showed flashes but needs that bit of extra time in training.
Billy Sharp – 8
Worked tirelessly up top and deservedly got his second goal of the season in typical Billy Sharp fashion.
Oli McBurnie – 9 (MOTM)
A fine display from McBurnie just did not stop running. A crucial bit of play near the end to see the game out, too. Will score goals but for now, his work rate is endearing him to the Blades fans.
John Lundstram – 7
Got the winner after fluffing his line just moments before. A big goal for Lundstram and a message to Chris Wilder that he’s not done yet.
Lys Mousset – 7
Changed the game with his running in behind and threat. Should have scored but then produced a fine piece of play to set Lundstram up for the winner.