Sheffield United: Player ratings from Blades' 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United consolidated their promotion push with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Bramall Lane this evening.

Wednesday, 13th February 2019, 9:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th February 2019, 9:47 pm
Bramall Lane

But how did United' players fare? Our man at the game Danny Hall gives his player ratings.

Early confidence boost when he claimed a cross, earning a roar of appreciation from the crowd and denied Hugill with a stunning stop. Kept out Assombalonga with his body later on
Showed good defensive instincts to head away a dangerous corner with Friend lurking but limped off before half-time with an injury, which could be a real blow for the Blades as he was emerging as a key player

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Went about his work with the minimum of fuss after an early confidence-boosting block. Showed a few neat touches on the right wing and although he plays the role differently to Basham, he does so no less competently
Once again a measure of consistency in the middle of defence, giving Hugill and then Assombalonga no change whatsoever. A real rock
Coped well in his new role at the left of central defence and got forward with his usual enthusiasm, defending well when called upon as well. Like Cranie, played the role in a different way to the player he replaced but a good option in that position
For me, outstanding. Another playing an unfamiliar role but doing it very well, and some of his touches and little flashes of brilliance completely belied his tender years. Drew a rash foul from Ayala that saw the Boro man sent off for a second booking
Aside from a couple of rash moments, a figure of calm in the middle of the park for United amidst the chaos at times. His free-kick for Stearman's goal was absolutely exquisite, crying out to be converted - and the defender did exactly that
Absolutely cemented, to use Chris Wilder parlance, Jon Obi Mikel with a sublime tackle in front of the Boro dug out and showed the other side of his game, too, by intelligently keeping and using the ball when the situation demanded
Stung Randolph's palms with a superbly-struck first-half effort, that the Boro keeper did equally as well to save, and was industrious enough but was replaced at half-time by Madine
Grew into the game in the second half after a below-par first, by his high standards. Drew gasps from the crowd with an audacious backheel but tried it once too many. Linked up well with Dowell and Fleck as United closed game out
Had a few glimpses of goal with half-chances but snatched at a couple and couldn't continue his fine scoring run, although he did have a goal disallowed in front of the Kop. Replaced to a standing ovation
Celebrated his goal as though it had won the World Cup final and it probably couldn't have meant much more to him if it had. A colossus as the back, too, against lively Hugill and Assombalonga
Another outstanding display from the half-time sub, who won almost everything against Boro's land-of-the-giants defence and almost capped it with a goal, but his effort was kept out by Randolph. Could have won a penalty, too
Replaced Sharp with time running out and helped United close out victory