Date: 26th February 2017 at 8:58am
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These ratings are out of ten, we should say

Mark Howard (4)

A lacklustre performance. Take note that it was Howard`s first competitive performance since October; he failed to demonstrate the experience that he clearly has. Howard`s distribution was poor leading to unwelcome pressure for the Wanderers backline. A poor clearance created the build-up leading to Sheffield United`s questionable penalty. Made a point blank save to deny Billy Sharp a hat-trick.

Derik Osede (4)

Derik was bullied and targeted all game by the huge James Hanson, leading to an ineffective performance from the Spaniard. Pushed up to central midfield in the second half and failed to gain a real foothold in the game when needed. His passing was poor and he looked lost coping with a dominant display from the Blades.

Mark Beevers (4)

Beevers worst display this season, Billy Sharp controlled the game and Beevers failed to influence the game. Beevers was run ragged and looked exposed to the ongoing flourish of Blades attacks. He does not suit three at the back, a change of formation needed. Also at fault for the first goal but an unfortunate slip cost us.

David Wheater (5)

Protected the backline reasonably well and made a few last ditch challenges to avoid more embarrassment. Unfairly judged for a penalty after a clear dive was awarded a penalty, yes ludicrous. Lost for words, not much more to add.

Dean Moxey (5)

A controversial rating but a much improved performance from last weekend, although he couldn`t get much worse. Questionable positioning for the first goal then never really offered anything, neither offensively nor defensively.

Tom Thorpe (2)

Ineffective performance from Thorpe, badly missing Spearing. A defensive midfielder yet there were huge amounts of space in-between our defence and midfield. Absolutely useless.

James Henry (5)

Looked bright in parts but again another player that failed to get a foothold in the game. I was expecting Henry to make a greater contribution following a positive performance at Bradford, I was left disappointed.

Josh Vela (4)

Non-existent again! Looks like a completely different player. He`s nowhere near his positive performances earlier in the season. His first touch was sluggish and drifted in and out of the game which really deflated our performance. I will leave it to the readers to give an assessment on what Vela is currently offering to the team.

Filipe Morais (5)

Worked hard but not the typical energetic display from the winger. Tried to create openings with injections of pace but rarely got the better of the Sheffield United left back.

Conor Wilkisnon (1)

Dire. Offered absolutely nothing in attack and carried no threat whatsoever.

Adam Le Fondre (4)

Simply does not suit our style of play at the moment. Long balls to him and over the top simply don`t play to his strengths so how do we expect him to score? The chances aren`t being created so how do we expect him to score? Poor tactics from Parkinson from my view. Also, I believe it was a poor decision to take him off when others e.g Wilkinson offered nothing offensively to the team.

Star Man- The Fans

After everything the Wanderers fans have been through they did not deserve that. Another sell-out crowd that unfortunately left disappointed. They deserve much better.

Ref Watch- Mike Dean (0)

A shocking performance from the ‘Premier League referee`. He got numerous decisions wrong. More notably, a clear sending off for midfielder John Fleck for an aggressive challenge on Wanderers midfielder Tom Thorpe resulting in him being substituted. However the main talking point was the penalty. David Wheater clearly made no contact but Mike Dean being Mike Dean decided to steal the spotlight again. It`s a disgrace he is still allowed to referee professional football. Just a thought to leave you with, only one other referee has awarded more penalties than Mike Dean in the Football League this season (Bobby Madley). Does it surprise you?


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