Chelsea loanee Gallagher scores first Prem goal as West Brom beat Sheff Utd

Date published: Saturday 28th November 2020 10:02 - Samuel Bannister

West Brom midfielder Conor Gallagher scored his first Premier League goal to give his loan side a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, scored the goal that separated the two sides in the 13th minute – and the Blades were unable to capitalise on any of their own opportunities.

Gallagher scored six goals in the Championship for Charlton last season, but this was the first time he has scored in the top flight.

Both sides went into the game in search of a first league win of the season. It was West Brom who got the full share of the spoils, leaving Sheffield United rooted to the bottom of the table.

The only goal came when Gallagher struck home from the edge of the box after the ball had come out from a corner.

It was far from the only chance in the game, though – leaving the visitors scratching their heads as to how they did not get past Sam Johnstone.

The West Brom keeper pulled off a number of good saves to keep his clean sheet intact. The best of the lot came after 17 minutes, when he reacted well to tip over an effort from Oliver Burke.

West Brom survive late onslaught

Johnstone stayed alert right until the end, thwarting a double chance late on as Rhian Brewster and George Baldock.

There was even time for the Blades to go close again in the 97th minute, but Lys Mousset skied the ball despite only being five yards out.

In the end, the two sides shared 39 shots between them – Sheffield United being responsible for 22 of them – but only Gallagher was able to make his count.

It gives the Baggies their first three points of the season, which sees them rise out of the relegation zone. They are five points above Sheffield United, who still only have one draw to their name from 10 games this season.

 

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