Once again, David McGoldrick was widely praised for his showing against Brighton as Sheffield United secured a 1-0 victory. The positive reviews came despite a poor miss at the Amex Stadium.
The Republic of Ireland international is yet to score this season and had a golden chance to end that drought on Saturday when he rounded Matt Ryan. However, his left-footed effort spun wide into the side-netting. It means the 32-year old is now tied with Ross Barkley for most shots without a goal, a current total of 34.
The win ensures Chris Wilder's side will sit in fifth place on Wednesday, the highest any newly promoted club has been on Christmas Day in 19 years.
Speaking ahead of their St. Stephen's day fixture against Watford, George Baldock hailed the contribution McGoldrick has made so far this season.
We all want Didzy to score obviously but if you look at his performances he’s been unbelievable.
He’s a special player. When he plays well we play well. He’s such a vital part of our team.
In his press conference after their 2-2 draw with Man United last month, manager Wilder said similar.
"McGoldrick, has been brilliant on and off the pitch. If he was more clinical then I don't think Sheffield United would have got anywhere near him, because of the ability he's got.
"I always think results will come if we are performing well and the performances when they're good, Didzy is at the heartbeat of those."