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Player ratings: Sheffield United 3-3 Fulham

Written by Stephen Sheldrake on 31st March 2024

In a rollercoaster ride of a match, the mighty Whites made a triumphant comeback from 3-1 down to secure a point away from home at Bramall Lane. After trumping Tottenham 3-0 in their previous outing, Fulham fans were expecting a soaring performance with a chance to grab three points against bottom of the table opposition. In typical Fulhamish fashion, we walk away with just the one – but in unbelievable fashion enjoying some Brazilian magic.

Bernd Leno

Given the Captain’s armband again after his stellar performance against Spurs, it was good to see Leno leading the line again today. After a calm and assured first half of catches and claims, he was left a little powerless against some of the chances that came against him in the second half due to some defensive blunders. Having said that, conceding three out of four shots on target will make this a performance to move on from. 6/10

Timothy Castagne

Worked hard again on the right-hand side of Fulham’s defence, finding himself involved in build-up play and defensive duties. Some great link up play, with a 91% pass success rate and some gritty defending particularly in the first half makes this a solid day for Timmy. 6/10

Tosin Adarabioyo

Again, a story of two halves; what I was most impressed about Tosin today was his desire to drive forward and get involved in the attacking aspects of Fulham’s play. Seeing him sending in a beautiful cross on the right wing and heading into the danger zone from a free kick was positive. Unfortunately, his misplaced pass set up a dangerous counterattack that led to United’s first goal and a poor attempt at clearing the lines in the bundled disallowed goal left a lot to be desired. 5.5/10

Calvin Bassey

After a solid first half again the second and third goals left me questioning who on earth was tracking Diaz? He sat in between Bassey and Robbo and it felt way too easy for him to break through our defence. 5.5/10

Antonee Robinson

An entirely different task for Robbo today who wasn’t being faced against wingers with endless pace. It was good to see him joining in the attacking phases of the game with a couple of attempts on goal to match, but I would have like to see more successful runs and take ons down that left wing. Again i’m left a little concerned as to who was supposed to be marking Diaz as United’s goals came a little too easy leaving Leno exposed. 5.5/10

João Palhinha

Another solid outing by Joao who made his trademark tackles that we love to see and made some great link-up play. Did really well to find space at the front post to find the end of Periera’s cross for a superb header, and, as always, a very passionate celebration. 7.5/10

Sasa Lukic

A quiet day at the office for Sasa on the ball, but his off the ball work-rate was good as always. He mustered up a healthy 18 successful passes out of 22 in the middle of the pitch and was successful in both of his two attempted tackles. Subbed off at the right time for a much-needed change to the game dynamics as we needed more creativity and aggression going forward. 6/10

Alex Iwobi

A passing masterclass in the first half saw Alex almost earn a brilliant assist, unlocking Muniz for a one on one that narrowly hit the post. His overall link up play was excellent and his strength showed. Perhaps not the paciest player to break the lines when it was needed, but a solid performance overall. 6/10

Andreas Pereira

While fans of the English national team may not approve so much, it was a fantastic spectacle to see Andreas coming on for his second cap for Brazil and offering a brilliant setup for their winner. Pereira very much picked up where he left off with a superb performance today creating six chances including a very well-deserved assist for Palhinha to nod it at the front post. His link-up play was brilliant from the back to the front, and he showed us how creative he can be today with a fantastic pass and work rate. Top job. 7.5/10


Handed the difficult task today of trying to break down the brick wall setup of Sheffield, but Willians silky smooth dribbling and passing added a key dimension to Fulham’s play today, and while I would have liked to see more him undertake more one-on-ones, with two out of three of his runs proving successful, his ability to retain possession in key moments is always class. With 78 touches and four chances created, it was a good day at the office without the end product to show for it. 6.5/10

Rodrigo Muniz

It wasn’t an easy day at the office for Muniz who was up against the low block, jam-packed and very well organised defence of Sheffield United and he couldn’t break through in the first half. Linked up the play with Palhinha well and nearly broke through with an audacious attempt to break the deadlock, but it’s going to be his 93rd minute equaliser that lives forever in the heads and hearts of Fulham fans as he found the end of Traore’s plump cross to smash the back of the net through a pitch perfect scissor kick. It’s been two years in the making and worth every second, what a legend. 8.5/10


Adama Traoré

Subbed on for Sasa Lukic on 63 minutes

He’s usually a weapon we need to run down defences ragged and break on the counter, and today Traore proved to be instrumental, tearing Sheffield United’s defence apart with a beautiful looped cross to Muniz to set up the stunning equaliser. A strong performance when we needed it the most. 7.5/10

Tom Cairney

Subbed on for Alex Iwobi on 74 minutes

The creative machine in the heart of Fulham’s midfield, today was a textbook performance for how to make an impact on a game. Ball retention and passing vision typically on point for Cairney, today he set up Bobby’s screamer with tremendous ball control, progressive play and a perfect pass – super Tom! 8/10

Bobby De Cordova-Reid

Subbed on for Andreas Pereira on 85 minutes

With a chunky 14 minutes added time these substitutions would prove key in clawing the game back in Fulham’s favour, but it only took our Jamaican superstar a couple of minutes to smash the ball in the back of the net for an outside of the box screamer – proving time and time again how invaluable he is as part of this Fulham squad. 8/10

Raul Jiménez

Subbed on for Tosin Adarabioyo on 85 minutes

Not too much to note on this late showing by Raul, but good to see him back on the pitch getting more minutes and as always, links up play with a few accurate passes up top to allow others to make the headlines. 6/10

Kenny Tete

Subbed on Timothy Castagne on 85 minutes

He had a late introduction to the game, and managed to get himself into attacking positions using his strength well to help hold up the ball when we needed it most. Shame we’re not seeing more minutes from Kenny, but chestnuts is in fantastic form and we like it. 6/10

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