New West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan started his reign badly as the relegation-threatened Baggies lost at home to pre-season promotion rivals Sheffield United.
Two goals in the first 23 minutes from Blades strikers Iliman Ndiaye and Oli McBurnie left the Baggies still in the Championship Cup zone.
yet Swansea City only managed a draw In the other lunchtime kick-off, it lifted Paul Heckingbottom’s men a lot back up to fourth in the Championship table, as the Blades finally put an end to their previously winless six-game run in October.
The victory came at a price, however, with the loss of striker Rhian Brewster with a hamstring injury, just 11 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.
For Corberan, despite the perceived benefit of starting his time in charge with a home game, it ended up being a repeat of The same 2-0 scoreline suffered at Bramall Lane By his predecessor Steve Bruce back in February – and did nothing to reassure the palpable frustration of the increasingly hostile home crowd.
It took just 11 minutes for the Blades to break the deadlock for the hosts when Tommy Doyle chipped a neat ball over the top to the right side of the penalty area, Sam Baldock squared across and although the incoming McBurnie missed his kick completely, Ndiaye was . Learn behind him. He feinted to his right before sliding a nice low right-footed finish with his instep into the bottom-right corner.
The Blades then doubled their lead when Senegal international Ndiaye set up Scotland striker McBurnie with the chance to make amends for his earlier miss.
Ndiaye made a bold forward surge after a neat five-man passing move from the back, released McBurnie on the edge of the box and his strike partner cut inside before finding the same bottom-right corner with another well-struck right-footed shot .
Matt Phillips had a shot kept low to be left by Blades keeper Adam Davies before the break. However, while the visitors scored with their only two efforts on target, and Albion carved out a few more openings after a half-time formation switch from 3-4-3 formation to 4-2-3-1, they really did little else. To show him other than sweat and effort.
The hosts were booed off at the end of both halves by some sections of the Albion fans as Corberan, the beleaguered Baggies’ fifth boss in under two years, was left with no illusions about the size of the task ahead of him. It may take a lot more than just a bit of ‘new manager bounce’.
Both sides are in action again on Tuesday night when Sheffield United travel to Bristol City and Albion are at home to Blackpool again.
West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio WM:
“We need to improve and be more clinical in both boxes.
“But at the same time, it was our level of organization, especially in the second half.
“This shows that, with a lot of work, we will get ahead of this situation.
Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“To come here, have to make changes, keep a clean sheet and create chances myself was a very good effort.
“There was a bit of everything in it, both with and without the ball – and the two goals were fantastic.
“A big blow for us to lose Ryan Brewster. It’s a setback but let’s hope that’s all it is. We’ll miss him.”
- 8Livermoresubstituted forSwiftAt 58′minute
- 29Gardner-Hickmansubstituted forThomas-AsanteAt 85′minute
- 3Townsendsubstituted forReachAt 77′minute
- 17J. Wallacesubstituted forMolombiAt 58′minute
- 15AhmedhodzikBooked in 38 minutes
- 6Bashamsubstituted forStevensAt 85′minute
- 2Baldocksubstituted forRobinsonAt 76′minute
- 4stainsubstituted forBrewsterAt 65′minutesubstituted forsharpAt 76′minute
Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Sheffield United 2.
Second half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Sheffield United 2.
Attempt missed. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Candidate by Anel Ahmedhodzic.
Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) header from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dara O’Shea with a cross.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Considered by Oliver McBurnie.
Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Iliman Ndiaye.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Enda Stevens replaces Chris Basham.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Brandon Thomas-Assante replaces Taylor Gardner-Hickman.
Attempt blocked. Oliver McBurney (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham.
Attempt saved. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top center of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Adam Reach replaces Conor Townsend.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp replaces Rhian Brewster due to injury.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Jack Robinson replaces George Baldock.
Attempt missed. John Swift (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Phillips.