A tightly fought 1-0 victory for West Brom against Sheffield United got the Baggies their first win of the season.
19th place hosted 20th place in a battle of the teams without a win this season. West Brom came into the game off good performances but unjust results whereas Sheffield United were besieged with injuries as had been the case all season. The teams lined up in the same formations 5-3-2 which meant that Kean Bryan got his Premier League debut, having not previously played league football above League 1.
Sheffield United started brightly, with the first five minutes being almost exclusively West Brom being under pressure and Sheffield United perhaps thinking they should be ahead. The game started becoming more open at either end, and it was clear to see West Brom had a game plan to attack debutant Bryan at RCB and the right-hand side.
13 minutes in and a West Brom corner was half cleared by Berge landing for Gallagher to precisely shoot from the edge of the area, going to the corner of the net to open the scoring. A good finish from West Brom’s best outfield player this season and underlining his quality.
At the other end Johnstone was once again in terrific form, making great saves to deny Sheffield United. Oli Burke (returning to the Hawthorns after a poor spell at the club) had a header which Johnstone did remarkably well to keep out not long before half time.
As the ref blew his whistle it was clear to see that both sides were not secure defensively but were committed to attacking.
The second half was again open with Sheffield United missing two big chances, one from George Baldock shooting over from 8 yards out, and near the end of game with Mousset inexplicably blazing over from under the bar. Better finishing from both teams could have seen this game end 3-3.
West Brom rode their luck a couple of times but also were unlucky not to increase their lead with Robson-Kanu and Robinson both having chances that were well saved by Ramsdale. Pereira for the hosts created nine chances alone in the game, three more than anyone else has created in a single game this campaign and was unlucky not to have an assist to show for it.
As the 7 minutes of stoppage time passed, West Brom secured their first win and jumped out of the bottom 3 in what was a much-needed result. For Chris Wilder and Sheffield United, they will question how they did not manage to take any of their chances and desperately hope that their injury problems ease up soon.
Man of the Match: Sam Johnstone with Conor Gallagher a close second.