BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Jayden Bogle of Sheffield United celebrates with teammates after John Fleck of Sheffield United scores a own goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United at American Express Community Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
It was a game of two halves for Sheffield United this afternoon as they picked up a battling point away at Brighton. The Blades were not at the races in the first half and barely had a kick, but were better in the second and earned a point thanks to Adam Webster's own goal.
The game turned when home midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud saw a deserved red card for a horror tackle on Ben Osborn, with United finding a way back into the game just minutes later. They had chances to win it too, Jayden Bogle enjoying the best of them, but had to settle for one point in the end going into the international break.
Here's how we rated the Blades players on the south coast...
Made good stops either side of Brighton's opener to deny the lively Fati, and later did well to tip Gilmour's well-struck shot over the bar. Was alive at his near post to keep out Mitoma's effort after he'd got past Bogle, and was commanding in the air as well Had a tough time against the lively Adingra, who cut in from his side and put his side ahead after riding Bogle's tackle. Booked on the brink of the break after being skinned by Adingra and bringing him down in his attempts to recover and win the ball. Survived a VAR appeal in the second half as he blocked a cross with his arm but the officials elected not to intervene after a check. But grew in stature later and his cross brought United's equaliser, before he had a golden chance to put them ahead but dragged his effort wide Showed one of the rare moments of quality from a Blades perspective with a delicious cross across the face of goal but Archer was on his heels and not alive to the opportunity. Started off in the centre, switched frequently with Trusty and didn't put a foot wrong in either position, save for one misjudged clearance in the first half which saw Bounanotte ripple the side-netting with a shot in the first half Caught out by Buonanotte's neat flick for Adingra's opener as Brighton carved United open to take the lead, and then attracted the wrath of Baldock shortly after when he jumped out of position and left a chance for Brighton to send Fati clear. Stepped out as the extra man after Brighton went down to 10 and he started the move that saw United drag level at 1-1 Seemed to be targeted by Brighton early on as they doubled up with men on his side but he coped well enough with the challenge. Grew in confidence as the game went on, as shown by his well-struck effort late in the piece which flew over Steele's crossbar. Survived a late VAR check after fouling Beleba just outside the box Ollie Norwood 6.5 (Photo: Simon Bellis) Had two chances to snuff out the danger in the build-up to Brighton's opener but Adingra got past him on the second too easily and finished nicely after a neat one-two. For the role he was signed to play and the money paid, he didn't take responsibility enough for my liking and couldn't stop Brighton playing through United's midfield. His mobility looked to be limited by a back knock he picked up in the first half, which saw him replaced soon into the second Didn't appear too sure about his role early in the game, operating in the left channel of midfield, with Stuart McCall offering regular guidance and advice from the bench. Grew into proceedings after Brighton went down to 10, seeing plenty of the ball from a deeper role, and was involved in United's equaliser Got his chance from the start after his impressive cameo against Wolves last weekend but it's fair to say he didn't take it. Couldn't get in the game early doors and attracted a real rocket from boss Heckingbottom after giving the ball away early in the second half. Showed some better moments in the second half before making way for Slimane Another mixed bag. Virtually anonymous in the first half as United failed to get a foothold in the game but showed some better moments in the second. Would have tapped home his third United goal had Webster not diverted Bogle's cross into his own net Came on just after the break for Souza after he couldn't continue with his back injury, and gave United some much-needed intensity in midfield. Was lucky not to avoid serious injury from Dahoud's horror tackle, which saw him deservedly sent off