Sheffield derby: Sheffield United player ratings from draw at rivals Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United had to make do with a point from a tense and intense Steel City derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Monday, 4th March 2019, 8:50 pm
Updated Monday, 4th March 2019, 9:07 pm
Fernando Forestieri and John Fleck tussle in the Steel City derby at Hillsborough
Fernando Forestieri and John Fleck tussle in the Steel City derby at Hillsborough

Here is how we rated the Blades' individual performances in the Sheffield derby.

Called into action for the first time in the second half when Hutchinson poked straight at him from close range. General distribution was calm and assured
Punished two or three times early on by an over-officious referee but showed what United had missed in his absence, a ball-carrier at the right of defence. Shifted into midfield when Cranie came on

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Dealt well with the lively Fletcher aerially and on the deck, too. Some big first-half headers from free-kicks as ref Bankes blew for every slight challenge
Towering in the air as ever but struggled to get forward as often as he, and United, would have liked. Came into it nearer the end of the game
Steady rather than spectacular down the United right, he put a real shift in but was given the occasional problem by the lively Aarons. Good block from Fletcher late on
Struggled to really get hold of the game in the first half but was better in the second, picking up more space to run with the ball and try and create. Replaced by Cranie as United changed their shape in the second half
Superb early cross produced first chance of game for Madine, but Westwood saved well. Showed his composure as the game became more and more frantic
Played a superb ball over the top for McGoldrick to create one of United's best chances and was visibly frustrated when it went begging
Back in his natural position of left wing-back after a spell at centre-half and, like Freeman, was steady rather than spectacular.
Endured a game-long running battle with fellow skipper Tom Lees and didn't get that clear-cut chance that he'll have dreamed about. Closest he came was a half-chance from Norwood's cross-cum-shot which he was inches away from
Faced a hostile welcome as expected but almost opened scoring when he met Norwood's cross but Westwood saved well. Could have won United a penalty after being wrestled by Hector and replaced with 22 minutes to go
Full of clever runs and inventive touches and almost created a goal after linking up well with Fleck
Showed his confidence with a driving run and left-footed shot after replacing Dowell and then did superbly to snuff out dangerous Aarons break