Sheffield United put in one of their best performances of the season to see off Wolves at Bramall Lane last night, with a late John Egan header proving the difference between the sides.
The Irishman rose late to nod home Ollie Norwood’s corner and send manager Chris Wilder steaming down the touchline, albeit with a pulled calf to show for it!
Despite the weather meaning some of the free-flowing football that both sides have shown this season wasn’t always on full display, it was an even contest that was always going to be settled by a single goal.
For the Blades, it was a deserved win overall. The last 20 minutes saw United really go for it and, amidst a wealth of injuries to key players, it was remarkable to see them win out in injury time.
There were a number of quality performances in red and white last night. The defence was solid, the midfield full of energy, while the strikers put in shifts once more.
Here, then, are our player ratings as Sheffield United saw off Wolves 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
Dean Henderson – 7
Had little to do but did what he needed to do well, including stopping a tricky near post flash across goal in the first half.
George Baldock – 7
Seemed off it in the first half a bit but grew into it in the second period. Continued to bomb forward and kept Jonny in check for most of the game.
Chris Basham – 8
Continues to impress week after week. Another stirring performance and right up there in terms of player of the year talk.
John Egan – 9
Got the winner which was enough in itself but his marshalling of Raul Jimenez proved how good he is. Back to his very best.
Jack O’Connell – 9
While Jack Robinson has stepped in, O’Connell’s presence was massive. Kept Adama Traore quiet and was a rock for the Blades in the second half.
Enda Stevens – 8
The Irishman is creeping back to his best form and got forward more and more in the second period. Also did well along with O’Connell to limit Traore’s time on the ball.
Ollie Norwood – 7
Another disciplined performance from Norwood, whose distribution was again excellent from the middle of the park. Provided crucial delivery for the winner, too.
Sander Berge – 8.5
Growing in confidence with every game and looked assured, calm, and strong in possession. Another outstanding display from the big Norwegian.
Ben Osborn – 8
Tireless in midfield once again. Won a crucial interception too just before the goal to stop Wolves countering.
Oli McBurnie – 6
Scores a 6 simply because he came off early but once again his work-rate was there for all to see.
Billy Sharp – 6
Put a shift in but seemed to lose control of the ball in the first half a lot. Did score a disallowed goal in the second period but was replaced by Richairo Zivkovic with 20 to go.
Lys Mousset – 7
Looked a threat although could have done better with a snatched effort into the Kop End.
Richairo Zivkovic – 6
Looked sharp on only his second appearance and Blades fans will be interested to see more from him before the season finishes.