CHRIS Lines spearheads my three-man midfield.
Standing at 6ft 1in tall, the elegant footballer orchestrated Sheffield Wednesday’s midfield operation throughout at Morecambe, bending in a glorious right-foot shot from distance in the first half of the tie after a lovely one-two with Chris O’Grady.
His passing was crisp, his work ethic off the ball was excellent and, although he was penalised for handball for Morecambe’s penalty, he thoroughly deserves a place in the middle alongside Jose Semedo, who was also outstanding. Lee Williamson, after three weeks out with injury, brought a touch of class to Sheffield United’s right flank so he gets in too.
Up front, Ched Evans sent a timely reminder to former Blades boss Gary Speed, now in charge of the Welsh national team, of his finishing prowess by grabbing two goals at Bramall Lane. It took the 22-year-old’s tally to seven goals in 13 outings this term. If he maintains his impressive form, another international call-up can’t be far off.
Lewis Grabban has really stepped up to the plate following Adam Le Fondre’s departure from Rotherham United and notched a brace as Andy Scott’s men claimed a fortuitous late victory at non-league Barrow.
Hard-working Owls forward O’Grady was a constant menace to Morecambe’s back four and it was his strike which proved decisive.
I thought Matt Lowton always offered a threat going forward on Saturday while his United teammate, Neill Collins, was solid as well.
Owls’ Danny Batth barely put a foot wrong while back-up goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell made a terrific stop late on to deny the Shrimps an equaliser.
Millers defender Tom Newey gets the nod at left-back.
Richard O’Donnell (Owls)
Matt Lowton (Blades)
Neill Collins (Blades)
Danny Batth (Owls)
Tom Newey (Millers)
Lee Williamson (Blades)
Chris Lines (Owls)
Jose Semedo (Owls)
Lewis Grabban (Millers)
Ched Evans (Blades)
Chris O’Grady (Owls)