John Brayford, Ryan Flynn and Jose Baxter all contributed towards Sheffield United’s 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Bristol City. Even with the majority of early chances falling to the home team, Nigel Clough’s men couldn’t make it count until just before half time when John Brayford slotted in at the back post after a corner from Jose Baxter.

15 minutes into the second half, Flynn made it two after his fellow Scotsman Jamie Murphy beat Karleigh Osbourne with some clever trickery and played the ball across into Flynn’s feet. After cutting in from the right, Flynn placed his shot into the bottom left hand corner of visiting keeper Simon Moore’s net.

The vibrant Sheffield United support pushed the Blades to try and get a third goal. And it paid dividend. With the ball being played into winger Flynn’s feet, he darted into the box, skipped past one and then, as he went to get past Osbourne, was fouled by the City full back, resulting in referee Scott Duncan awarding a penalty kick. Jose Baxter made no mistake, powering his shot into the bottom left corner of Moore’s net.cxh

Sheffield United

Mark Howard – Very little to do all game. Played well. 6.5
John Brayford – Scored. Looked very classy. 8.0
Harry Maguire – Confident on the ball. Solid at the back. 7.5
Neill Collins – Solid at the back. Good in the air. 7.5
Bob Harris – Showed creativity going forward. Solid at the back. 7.5
Ryan Flynn – Scored. Looked lively all game. Hard to handle.
8.0
Michael Doyle – Captained his side to victory. Held play up well. 7.5
Conor Coady – Looked quality. Showed great potential. 7.5
Jamie Murphy – Didn’t stop running all game. Very creative on and off the ball. 8.5
Stefan Scougall – Brought pace to the game. Hard to handle. 7.5
Jose Baxter – Converted his penalty. Didn’t seem in it at times. 7.0

Substitutions

Matt Hill – Defended confidently. Knew what he was doing. 7.0
Ben Davies – Held play up well. Showed creativity as well. 6.5
Billy Paynter – Knocked the ball on well. Wasn’t on long though. 6.0

Bristol City

Simon Moore – Looked shaky all game. Communicated poorly at times. 6.5
Derrick Williams – Left both Flynn and Brayford to score but was calm under pressure. 6.0
Aden Flint – Covered well mainly but let players through easily. 7.5
Wade Elliott – Tracked back when he was needed but stray passes were his downfall. 7.0
Sam Baldock – Skipped past players well but couldn’t capatalise on it. 7.0
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – Knocked on well but was kept quiet. Subbed. 6.0
Greg Cunningham – Stuck to his instructions but had a quiet game. Subbed. 5.0
Adam El-Abd – Spread the ball well. Calm under pressure. 6.5
Marlon Pack – Stood his ground well early on but was very quiet. Subbed. 6.0
Tyrone Barnett – Didn’t challenge much early on but was a big presence in the box. 6.5
Karleigh Osbourne – Did well in the first 20 minutes. Not very threatening going forward. 5.5

Substitutions

Bobby Reid – Played the ball well and got into good areas. 7.5
Stephen Pearson – He was good in the air when he was on. 7.0
Wes Burns – Closed Blades players down well. 7.0

 

Man of the Match

Jamie Murphy – Never stopped running all game. Really deserved a goal.
8.5


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Josh is a huge follower of football and has been for years. Also, he is an aspiring sports journalist, always looking out for new opportunities linked with that line of career. Josh has been a passionate Sheffield United fan ever since he was young.