Sheffield United missed a golden chance to get their first three points of the season last night as they lost 1-0 at West Brom.
Conor Gallagher’s tame strike was enough to beat Aaron Ramsdale and seal the three points for the Baggies.
However, it could and should have been a different story, as United missed a hatful of glorious chances to get back into the game and even win it.
It was a frustrating night at the office to say the least but among the doom and gloom, on reflection, there were some positives to take.
With that, here’s our player ratings from the Blades’ trip to West Brom last night.
Aaron Ramsdale – 6
The stopper made a couple of decent enough second half saves but questions remain over the summer signing. Looked nervy on his line at times and coming for crosses while the goal crept by him too despite being hit relatively poorly.
George Baldock – 6
Worked tirelessly down the right and was a threat throughout but lacked the composure when it mattered with two glorious chances. Had he stuck one away, would probably have got a higher rating.
Chris Basham – 6
Steady away from Basham again. Helped out in attack but had his hands full too with some pacey West Brom forwards. Seemed gutted after the game but remained upbeat.
John Egan – 6
Ever-reliable from Egan who dealt with the threat from the Baggies well enough throughout the 90 minutes. Fast becoming United’s most consistent and best player.
Kean Bryan – 6
Stepped in for his first start in the PL and did pretty well after a nervous start in fairness to him. Delivered a delicious ball that saw Oli Burke go close to his first Blades goal.
Max Lowe – 6
Defensively suspect but did do well going forward at times and got into some dangerous positions. Seems to be – like many – lacking a bit of confidence.
John Fleck – 6
Grew into things in the second half but United are going to need more from Fleck if we are to stay up. One of the best players, he simply has to deliver.
Sander Berge – 7
Seemed to have the ball all the time in the second half without many options but was still our best player. Drove forward when he could and at times, looks a class above.
Oli Norwood – 5
Almost a passenger in the first half. Hate to say it but it could be time for a change in shape or dynamic which may see Norwood left out more often than not.
Oli McBurnie – 5
You simply can’t keep missing the chances McBurnie is and expect to keep being cut some slack. Should have had scored at least one and looks frustrated and low on confidence.
Oliver Burke – 7
Worked tirelessly up top and was unlucky with his header. Should have done better in the opening minute when in on goal but looks a genuine threat for United despite the lack of goals so far.