19:41Joseph ChapmanAll the boys are hereAside from the 20-man squad, the rest of the Albion first team are out here training and warming up with the players involved in tonight's game. Grady Diangana, Darnell Furlong and Jake Livermore are all here warming up with their teammates. 19:18Joseph ChapmanAsh's openingLots of excitement around the starting of Cleary, and quite understandably, but it's a first senior start for Zac Ashworth too. Big chance to impress tonight. Incredibly, it's just Alex Palmer's second appearance for the club since joining Albion 11 years ago. The goalie was 26 yesterday and hasn't played for the first team since the humbling to Arsenal in this competition last year.
20:00Joseph ChapmanTeams are outBoth sides have emerged onto the tunnel and venture out ont the pitch. It's still very balmy at The Hawthorns. I'm in shorts and not regretting it. The turn-out is, probably, what you might've expected if weren't here - it's not a patch on Monday night's attendance. Blades have travelled in a fair number - they've just booed ex Wednesday winger Adam Reach's name. Extra loud cheers for Cleary and Yokuslu.
Albion could've extended their lead further had either of Robinson or Phillips' efforts from distance found the corner of the net and not the cross-bar, but one proved to be enough and the Baggies are off to Pride Park. 22:10Joseph ChapmanThe player ratingsMay I please direct you to the Albion player ratings from this evening - which can be found here - as I score each Baggie out of ten. Ashworth was very good, Yokuslu exceedingly so. Okay Yokuslu of West Bromwich Albion during his side's Carabao Cup first round clash with Sheffield United (Image: David Rogers/Getty Images)21:57Joseph ChapmanFULL TIMEAlbion progress into the second round, and set up a trip to Derby! They're off the mark in terms of wins in the new season, too.
Mowatt bursts through the middle of the pitch and between a couple of Blades bodies before finding Robinson on the left and continuing his run into the box. Robinson feeds Ashworth on the overlap and his pull back is connected with by Mowatt - but it's a poor connection and he side foots it wide. 20:08Joseph ChapmanPost! Sheffield United have begun brighter and they smack the base of Palmer's near post through Brewster. He'd escaped the attentions of both centre halves.
Khadra, with Ashworth for company, shot low and Palmer parried. He then hammered the rebound just wide of the far post. Let off. 21:11Joseph ChapmanGood effortBrilliant from Yokuslu to win the ball high and feed Robinson. Smart save from Foderingham. Corner. 21:08Joseph Chapman"Do you hate Villa, Brucey? "The Albion boss is being serenaded by some in the Smethwick at the start of the second half. He's obliged and given them a wave after their request. 21:06Joseph ChapmanWe're underway! Attendance: 6, 747 (739 away)20:49Joseph ChapmanHALF TIMEThat's your lot for the first 45.
21:38Joseph ChapmanCross-bar x 2! Robinson loops a deflected shot onto the woodwork and then Phillips smashes volley also onto the bar from distance in the space of three seconds. That was the game. 21:33Joseph ChapmanGOOOOOOAAAALExcellent goal, Albion finally have the breakthrough! They deserve it. It's Grant's second goal of the season, and it's another combination of Grant and Robinson which was so popular last year! TGH crossed low and Grant actually skewed his first attempt but Robinson chased it over on the left.
He returned the ball and this time Grant made no mistake with a bullet header. 1-0! 21:30Joseph ChapmanSubsGrant and Townsend come on for Cleary and Bartley. Good run-outs for them both. 21:21Joseph ChapmanSubstitutionAs was maybe anticipated, Okay gets an hour and makes way for Molumby. That was top class from the big Turkish midfielder. 21:13Joseph ChapmanReminderAlbion have been on top since the first 10-15 minutes, but they nearly got caught out on the counter there. From the resulting corner Brewster broke and he and Khadra had Albion 2 v 2.
Go well, lads. 19:12Joseph ChapmanThe BladesSheffield United's team is as follows... Foderingham, Gordon, Ahmedhodzic, Egan, Norwood, Lowe, Arblaster, Fleck, Khadra, McAtee, BrewsterSubs: Amissah, Baldock, Clark, Norrington-Davies, Osborn, Doyle, Berge, Sharp, JebbisonWest Bromwich Albion's Conor Townsend, Sheffield United's Billy Sharp and West Bromwich Albion's Matt Clarke battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane.
Phillips, Reach and TGH have been pretty wayward with their crosses into the box from either side. Ashworth's pull back for Mowatt earlier was the only successful cross I can remember. 20:29Joseph ChapmanOpportunityChance! The best opportunity for Albion thus far. Cleary is in on goal after a lofted ball from TGH but he needs to show more composure. Instead he shoots right into Foderingham's torso. 20:27Joseph ChapmanDrinks breakWe're halfway through the half and that calls for drinks. It's been pretty lowkey so far, to be expected I suppose. There have been little bits and bobs of Cleary's performance thus far to quite like, but the supply from Phillips and Reach has to be better.
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Robinson carries the ball forward and finds TGH, who has space to bound into on the right. He carries it to the by-line and his low cross isn't turned home by anyone - Mowatt tries to at the back stick and knocks it wide. 20:43Joseph ChapmanAnother chance! This is turning into a reflection of Monday night - all these chances yet no goals. Yokuslu wins the ball back as Sheffield United attempt to break out of their defensive third and Mowatt does well to nip in and glance past a few players. The ball then rolls into Reach's path. He's one on one but fires straight at the keeper. 20:41Joseph ChapmanAlbion's delivery has been poorGoodness, it makes you appreciate Jed Wallace.
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