Blades Claim Victory Thanks To The Mighty Quinn
Stephen Quinn capped a man of the match performance with a 91st minute strike to seal a 2-0 victory for the Blades today.
Quinn, switching back to the left in recent weeks has regained his form after some lacklustre performances in the Autumn, followed up an impressive display on Tuesday by proving to be the star atop the Christmas tree in today`s Coca Cola Championship encounter ahead of the busy Christmas period.
With five minutes added on in the second half, a clearance by Speroni was expertly headed down by James Harper to Richard Cresswell who found Quinn in the area on the left hand side, where he fired low past the 'keeper to seal the victory.
It was a deserved goal, which was thanks mainly to James Harper`s vision in midfield. Harper, began the game in midfield alongside the returning Lee Williamson owing to
Nick Montgomery`s injury. After the game, people described it as the best Blades performance of the season, and those claims were certainly justified, Neil Warnock`s post match comments claiming that Palace were "lucky" to only concede two goals proved this.
Williamson, on his return, stamped his authority on the game in the first half when he opened the scoring. After Evans and Ward had previously been unable to make the most of their chances, the Blades number nine played in Quinn on the left and his low cross was placed home by Williamson despite Speroni getting a solid hand on it, and Davis clearing from under the bar.
Evans began to justify his price tag as the Blades played some encouraging football, with three efforts in a short space of time that were blocked, saved and deflected over respectively.
Quinn turned provider again from the left for Williamson, but this time his shot was deflected over the bar. Darren Ambrose was withdrawn at half-time due to a virus he`s been struggling with, and the Blades managed to regain the impetuous in the second half. United were denied a penalty when Ward`s cross was deflected behind by an arm, but the referee waved away the protests.
Kyle Walker`s run down the right resulted in a shot from just inside the area, but it cleared Speroni`s goal by some margin, and James Harper saw a shot blocked before Quinn struck in the first of five added minutes, and give the Blades a well earned victory and a third straight clean sheet.
Bunn, Morgan, Kilgallon, Evans (Stewart 80), Williamson, Harper, Taylor, Cresswell, Ward (Camara 87), Quinn, Walker.
nused: France, Reid, Bennett, Little, Kallio.