Sheffield United player ratings: Mixed fortunes for Robin Olsen as Preston grab late draw



Robin Olsen 5: Mixed fortunes for the on-loan keeper. Nightmare start when he misjudged a simple ball over the top and was caught out of his area for the equaliser, with Daniel Johnson slotting into the empty net. Made amends in the second half with an excellent stop to keep his side in the game moments before Berge’s finish.

George Baldock 6: Tidy display from Baldock down the right. Had great vision to pick out Freeman with a first-time pass just before the break, which should have ended in a goal.

John Egan 5: Did OK, but didn’t have an easy night up against Sean Maguire and Emil Riis, with the visitors looking to get in behind quickly.

Jack Robinson 4: Another costly performance. Was beaten far too easily on the run by Riis on the hour mark when he fizzed a ball across goal. Misjudged the header in the build-up to the second goal.

Rhys Norrington-Davies 5: One blot on his copybook tonight was the goal, losing sight of Johnson who got in behind him. Defensively still has a lot to learn and was booked in the second half for pulling Riis back after the striker rolled him easily, but likes to get forward and picked up some good positions. Mixed fortunes with his crossing, but a decent enough showing for the academy product.

Oliver Norwood 6: Another good game for the midfielder. Really seems to suit this formation of playing in a holding two, plenty of options ahead of him and was constantly on the ball, showing and making himself available. Some good touches.

John Fleck 7: Had a great second half. Produced a number of good passes and picked up plenty of good positions. Unlucky not to put United in front 13 minutes from time with a driving run into the area but was denied by the keeper. Involved in the build-up for Berge’s goal, too. Good performance.

Morgan Gibbs-White 6: Two goals in two games now for the on-loan midfielder. Looks a great signing and continues to impress on the right of the three-man forward line behind Sharp. Is good on the ball and brings plenty of energy to the attack.

Ndiaye 5: Quiet first half, wasn’t able to influence the game much against a strong opposition, but was much brighter after the break and showed great footwork to slip in Sharp for a chance midway through the second half.

Freeman 5: Did well first half. It was his cross that fell kindly for Gibbs-White to slot home and created a couple of openings, will feel he should have scored too, but he faded in the second half and was replaced on the hour.

Sharp 7: Full of running as ever and put a real shift in up front. Had a couple of chances, one in particularly in the first half with a glancing header that went just wide, but his link-up play was really impressive again and involved in Berge’s goal.

Subs:

Berge 6 (Freeman, 60)

Brewster 5 (Ndiaye, 71)

Hourihane 5 (Norwood, 77)





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