Sheffield United defender Chris Basham has taken to Instagram to send a message to Iliman Ndiaye following the midfielder’s moment of magic in last night’s clash with Fulham.
Ndiaye opened the scoring in spectacular fashion at Craven Cottage as he produced a superb solo run before firing a precise effort past goalkeeper Marek Rodak.
Neeskens Kebano went close to levelling proceedings following Ndiaye’s effort as his strike drifted just wide of the post.
Following the break, Billy Sharp had a goal ruled out for offside before Aleksandar Mitrovic was denied by the woodwork in stoppage-time.
With Fulham unable to break down a resilient United outfit, Heckingbottom’s side held on to seal a statement victory in the Championship.
As a result of this triumph, the Blades moved up to 11th in the second-tier standings and are now only three points adrift of the play-off places.
After featuring for his side in this particular fixture, Basham took to Instagram to praise Ndiaye for his fantastic goal as he reflected on the club’s latest triumph.
The defender posted: “Absolutely delighted with the win, grit and determination.
“Great goal @ilimanndiaye10.
“Have a good Christmas Blades.”
Whilst Ndiaye’s wonderful solo effort against Fulham allowed the Blades to seal all three points, the club’s defenders deserve an enormous amount of credit as they managed to prevent their opponents from scoring in this fixture.
Basham’s display was particularly impressive as he once again illustrated that he is capable of thriving at this level.
The defender helped his side keep a clean-sheet by making six tackles and three clearances as he recorded a WhoScored match rating of 7.18 at Craven Cottage.
By continuing to deliver the goods for his side over the course of the coming months, Basham could play an influential role for the Blades as they look to launch a push for a top-six finish in the Championship.
Set to face Preston North End on Boxing Day, United will be brimming with confidence heading into this fixture and thus it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they beat Ryan Lowe’s side at Deepdale.