Brighton player ratings vs Sheffield United: Neal Maupay struggles, Yves Bissouma shines as McGoldrick strikes

A rare win for Sheffield United denied Brighton a chance to move 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a first half strike from David McGoldrick

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 10:49 pm
Brighton could not find a way past a determined Sheffield United defence at Bramall Lane on Saturday night

McGoldrick put the Blades in front after 19 minutes after a series of attempted clearances and ricochets allowed the striker to shoot on the turn and wrong-foot goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. It was a messy goal from Brighton’s perspective.

Albion were poor in the first half but improved after the break. Jakub Moder had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside, while Danny Welbeck and Neal Mauapy both missed chances.

Brighton have not scored in their last three matches but remain seven points above the drop with five to play.

No chance with David McGoldrick's goal. Good distribution

Scroll down and click through to see who shone and who struggled for Graham Potter's team.

Poor first touch for United's opening goal and didn't look comfortable in possession throughout
Steady at the back and a threat from set pieces but couldn't inspire a fightback
Played on the left of a defensive trio and one of many Albion players who had a chance to clear in the build up to the opening goal. Good in possession and looked to drive forward when he could
Worked hard on the right flank. One lovely cross-field pass with his left foot to set Trossard on his way. Replaced by Jahanbakhsh on 67
Brighton's driving force. Excellent burst forward from midfield to tee up Maupay in the first half. The most lively of the Albion midfield and flashed a second half effort wide after good link up play with Maupay
Never stopped trying but just didn't have the influence in the final third that he has at times this season
Thought he'd scored his first PL goal for Brighton but his second half effort was chalked off by VAR for offside. Replaced by Connolly on 67
Frustrating match for the Belgian international. Could not find the gaps in a stubborn Sheffield United defence or deliver that final ball
Worked hard and decent hold up play. His main chance arrived from a Jahanbakhsh cross that skidded off the turf and the striker just couldn't adjust his header in time
Had an early chance after Bissouma drove forward but his effort was well saved by Ramsdale and looked frustrated after that. Ramsdale denied him again after the break and then the Frenchman fired over from very close range from Jahanbakhsh's cross
Very lively down the right when he came on and looked the most likely of all the Albion attackers to find a way through the Sheffield United defence. Fine cross to set up Welbeck's headed chance and also flashed a left footed effort over the bar
Replaced Moder on 67 minutes but just couldn't get on the ball. Had one effort on goal from distance that was blocked
Great to see him back in action but no fairytale return. Had one shot from distance saved by Ramsdale