A frustrating night in the Midlands ended with another defeat for Sheffield United as the Blades lost 1-0 to West Brom.
On a night of squandered chances and another avoidable goal, it was a defeat that will have stung for boss Chris Wilder and his players, as well as us fans watching at home.
Conor Gallagher’s scuffed effort found its way through a crowd of bodies to beat Aaron Ramsdale but that didn’t tell the whole story, as it was United should could and should have scored enough goals to win two games.
But in a season of negatives, there has been some positive signs from the last two games in particular. So what better way than to pick youself up than by looking at some of those positives from last night.
With that, here’s THREE plus points from the Blades’ 1-0 loss to the Baggies last night.
Finally, it looks like we have a squad with attacking options that can help us finally start climbing the table. Yes, we missed a hatful of chances but Wilder now has genuine selection troubles.
Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset, Rhian Brewster, and Oli Burke all bring something different, while we have the experience and guile of David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp if needed.
The goals will, hopefully, start coming for at least one of those forwards and for the first time, Wilder has a genuine call to make for each game now.
In particular, Mousset and Burke’s pace are a huge plus. That’s something we’ve been missing a while now and should stand us in good stead for the remaining 28 games.
United recorded a season high 22 shots last night and while we drew a blank, sooner or later those chances will go in.
Further, they are good chances, too. Not just half-chances or snatched shots from outside the box. McBurnie, Baldock, Mousset, Brewster, all should have scored last night.
The Blades have to believe they can maintain that intensity in attack going through the season and, with a change in fortune and a bit more composure, the goals should start to flow.
The desire, hunger, and workrate is still there
Some struggling teams often get accused of throwing in the towel but that is one thing we cannot label this Sheffield United team as.
The desire to keep going, work their socks off, and push until the dying embers of the game for an equaliser was plain for everyone to see.
When things aren’t going well, the players have to dig deep and get themselves out of the trenches. This squad is still together, there is no doubt and if we do go down, it won’t be for a lack of effort or willing.