If ever there was a relegation six-pointer this was it as bottom side Sheffield United welcomed the side just above them to Bramall Lane.
It was West Brom who would take an early lead in the match but Chris Wilder will be happy with how his team reacted as they battled back to a vital 2-1 victory.
Maybe there was a hint in how each manager would approach this game even before kick-off with Wilder describing the game as “Must Win” whilst Baggies boss Sam Allardyce chose the more measured “Must-Not-Lose”.
It turned out to be only the Blades third win of the season and despite leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table they are now only a point behind their opposition on the night.
It was Wilder’s side that dictated the early play but ultimately seemed to lack ideas and creativity in the final third against an organised and solid Baggies backline. On the rare occasions that was breached then West Brom keeper, Sam Johnstone was up to the challenge doing well to hold a low drive from David McGoldrick and palming away a good effort from outside the box by Ethan Ampadu.
West Brom made United pay for their missed chances on 41mins. Callum Robinson cutting inside down the left of the penalty area before forcing a save from Aaron Ramsdale. The keeper reacted quickly to then make another stop – denying Mbaya Diagne from point-blank range but he could only push that to the waiting Matty Phillips who fired in from two yards out.
Wilder knew he had to go for it in the second half and swapped midfielder Norwood for fit-again striker Oli McBurnie, back after a month-long absence with a shoulder injury.
And within 10 minutes of the restart, the Blades were level. Sharp’s cross caused confusion inside the penalty area and Chris Basham did well to protect the ball and lay it off to Bogle, who drilled home a shot from 12 yards out.
The Blades’ tails were up and they laid siege to their opponent’s goal. McBurnie saw an effort bravely blocked before John Fleck stung the palms of Johnstone.
However, it needed a superb save from Ramsdale at the other end following a rare West Brom attack to keep the hosts level. Phillips’ cross was met by Robinson’s perfectly-timed run and he looked certain to score sliding in inside the six-yard box, only for the ball to hit Ramsdale.
Sheffield United still face a mammoth task to stay up but their recent form will give some Blades hope whereas Big Sam will be scratching his head in the West Brom dugout as he faces relegation for the first time in his caree