Sheffield United continued their good run of recent form with a 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at Bramall Lane last night.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell could become a Blades hero. That's some claim, I agree, but United's fans have taken the on-loan Wolves defender to their hearts so far and he produced another superb performance against Bristol Rovers last night. Ebanks Landell won everything in the air and one challenge in particular drew roars from the Bramall Lane crowd.
The most dominant centre-half to wear the red and white since Chris Morgan, and Wolves must have some serious talent to keep this lad out of the side.
Has anyone seen the old Paul Coutts? The new lad wearing his shirt is a different player. The Coutts of last season strolled around, hands on hips, and let games pass him by. Maybe being transfer listed gave him the shot in the arm he needed, but he looks transformed.
Coutts now takes control of games and to go from outcast to arguably United's key midfielder is a transformation that deserves immense credit.
It takes something special to overshadow his acrobatic goal celebration, but Harry Chapman's superb header for the winner wasn't far off. Chapman, probably the smallest player on the pitch, rose highest to convert Daniel Lafferty's peach of a cross and celebrated his second career goal in memorable fashion.
Chapman hasn't had the best of times since joining United on loan, but hopefully this goal can be the turning point.
United's supporters were brilliant. Sometimes they counter productively make Bramall Lane a difficult place for their heroes, but last night they were loud, proud and supportive throughout.
The crowd of 19,196 was the second highest in the Football League and reaffirmed Chris Wilder's belief that the fans can play a big part in his side's success - if they are enthused by the players on the pitch.
This game will also go down in my memory as having one of the best fouls of all time, as Daniel Leadbitter physically picked up sub Caolan Lavery and lifted him a good two feet off the floor. With Rovers chasing a late equaliser, goalkeeper Kelle Roos went up for a corner and when it was cleared towards Lavery on the left touchline, United looked good value to make use of the powerplay and put the game to bed.
That was before Leadbitter grabbed Lavery and was booked by referee Christopher Sarginson, who then prevented the free-kick being taken quickly by United - much to the ire of the home support.