Many good performances, but Stephen Quinn showed that he may be the key man if Sheffield United are to win at Wembley.
Lowton 8/10 – Started slowly but grew into the game and looked one of our main attacking threats. He put in a few dangerous low crosses and always looked to go at the defence and try to make something happen. His cross for the goal was an absolute peach.
Hill 7/10 – Defensively he was fine, and had perhaps his best game for United. He cleared, tackled and kept decent position. He showed that he is a better defender than any of the other options by keeping to his position and helping stop the crosses. He was poor when going forward, for most of the game, with numerous hopeful punts or knocks to no one in particular, but had a few good moments.
Maguire 7/10 – Another solid game. He defended well against Agyemang and kept his composure, making the right interceptions, attacking the ball well and keeping it moving forward. The negative of a good performance is that he did play several aimless long, diagonal balls that sailed out or went to no one in particular. Wilson twice told him not to do this; so he did it again when he next had the ball.
Collins 7/10 – As with Maguire, another solid outing. They have defended well as a pair for two games, albeit often only with one man to mark between them. Collins tried to come out of defence and also had a few runs forward with the ball. He was strong and determined right to the end.
Doyle 8/10 – A quietly effective game. Put a foot in on Freeman and Bostwick when he had to and did all the bits and pieces. He was good in both legs of the semi-final and was much improved from some below-par performances in recent weeks.
McDonald 6/10 – In and out of the game and, though he switched it from side to side a few times, he was picking it the ball too deep to be influential. Ironically, when he started to see more of it, he picked up another injury; the final may unfortunately come too soon for him.
Williamson 8/10 – He may have lost the ball a few times when attacking, and not everything came off, but he took responsibility and always wanted to get on the ball. Showed what he is capable of when he exerts some influence instead of waiting for the game to come to him. He was one of our most likely threats and one of the few who created a sense of anticipation.
Flynn 5/10 – Our poorest outfield player. Gave the ball away a lot and did not beat his man all evening. He lacks pace, strength and guile and too often gets crowded out. His first touch is usually decent but he seems unable to beat his man or go at them and he comes inside way too much instead of hugging the touchline. He worked hard defensively and never hid but he lacks quality and confidence in his own ability to offer much from an attacking perspective.
Quinn 8/10 – The best player, perhaps in both legs of the semi-final, and certainly our main threat. Took responsibility and did not hide. He got on the ball, he came inside, he probed and prompted and, like Williamson, not all things happened but he was trying all game. It is frustrating that he cannot play like that more; when he does he is so difficult to track and, as the MK Dons manager said last week, with his left foot and his ability to drift around the front, he is very effective. Will be a key man if we are to win at Wembley.
Porter 7/10 – Ploughed a lone furrow for much of the game with little service or chance to bring others into play. In the first half nothing seemed to stick and though he won a few headers they never seemed to go to a team-mate, which was not always his fault. He looked lumbering and his touch was not always the most sure but he kept plugging away. He improved in the second half and, with better support and players around him, his hold-up play seemed more effective. He then scored a great headed goal. He is not the best centre-forward in the world and his overall ability is limited to say the least, but sadly he is probably all we have who can do this sort of role and we are going to need him to put another big shift in at Wembley. He may have got in by default but against two big bruisers, who often were fouling him, he kept going and eventually got his reward.
Montgomery 6/10 – His first three touches all went to Stevenage players and it looked like so much déjà vu. However, he settled down and for the most part kept it nice and simple. There were not too many misplaced passes and he made a few tackles and interceptions.