It was a key area of Saturday's victory as January signing Michael covered every blade of grass, his tenacity never allowing Danny Murphy and Dietmar Hamann to settle and therefore opening up more time on the ball for playmaker Darren.
"Michael 's a very good midfielder and does a little bit of everything in there," reflected Darren. "He loves to get forward, loves a tackle, works hard, plays for the team - exactly the sort of player you want in the team.
"I think it worked quite well at the weekend and hopefully, if we played that way again, it will work the same way.
"I saw of lot of him on the box from Sheffied United's cup runs last season, for me he was their best player and it's nice to have him at the club."
Michael Brown has the Darren Anderton seal of approval after their first game together in central midfield against Liverpool.