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7 key passes, four duels won: This Sheffield United man excelled against Bristol City



Sheffield United managed to deliver a response to their recent defeat to Reading yesterday as they picked up a point in their clash with Bristol City.

The Blades’ supporters would have been fearing the worst when the Robins opened the scoring via a strike from Chris Martin.

However, Morgan Gibbs-White stepped up to the mark for his side as he netted an acrobatic equaliser in the 60th minute of the clash.

Whereas the Blades and the Robins did push for a winner in the closing stages of this game, they both had to settle for a draw.

Although a number of the club’s players produced assured displays in this fixture, John Fleck was particularly impressive on Monday.

Here, using statistics gathered from SofaScore, we have decided to take a closer look at Fleck’s performance against Nigel Pearson’s side…

Selected to start in central-midfield by Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom, Fleck went on to excel alongside Sander Berge and Oliver Norwood in this role as he recorded a SofaScore rating of 7.9 against the Robins.

The 30-year-old demonstrated a calmness whilst in possession of the ball as he completed 92% of the passes that he attempted in this fixture.

Despite providing seven key passes against City, Fleck was unable to register an assist in this clash.

If he continues to show an abundance of creativity between now and the end of the regular season, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if one of his team-mates converts a chance created by him.

Fleck also won four of the six duels that he was involved in this fixture which is a relatively impressive return.

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One of the areas that the midfielder will be looking to improve on in Saturday’s clash with Cardiff City is his crossing accuracy as he only managed to provide two accurate deliveries from five attempts yesterday.

An instrumental figure for the Blades, the Scotsman had 83 touches of the ball against the Robins and only lost possession on nine occasions.

By keeping things ticking over in the heart of midfield, Fleck could help his side secure a place in the play-offs next month.

Although the Blades currently occupy the final play-off spot, they are only one point ahead of Millwall in the league standings.

Heckingbottom will need Fleck to be at his best once again this weekend if his side are to extend their campaign past the 46 game mark.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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