Few Sheffield United players epitomised just what it is to be a Blade more than David McGoldrick in the win over Newcastle United.
‘Didzy’, once again tasked with leading the line for the Blades, proved his class over a 90 minute performance in which he was near faultless in his display.
Yes, the goals didn’t come for McGoldrick but this was a performance of a man who was desperate to win, succeed, and help this Sheffield United team out of their current rut.
The former Ireland striker was everywhere. In the first half, he was at his very best, dropping deep into number ten positions, while also occupying the wider left area which served him so well at times last season.
His first half effort to bring a save out of Karl Darlow was the move of the match, very much orchestrated and nearly finished by McGoldrick. His run and cross to the back post which was ever so nearly converted, showed the creativity we have often lacked this season.
Leading by example
McGoldrick’s forward play was up there with the best we have seen from anyone in red and white this season.
But with McGoldrick, you don’t just get that effort and determination at the top of the pitch, you get it across the whole field.
Lee Hendrie on commentary alluded to it, but McGoldrick did cover ‘every blade of grass’ as the saying goes, earning the man of the match award from the Sky co-commentator.
By the time Didzy was taken off in injury time, he was out at left-back, desperately helping out his defence to ensure that first win of the season was signed, sealed, and delivered.
Sheffield United fans love McGoldrick in the main. Tonight was a prime example of just why so many Blades have taken him to their hearts.