Bilic says West Brom’s victory over Sheffield United is worth more than three points

West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has said that the club’s recent victory over Sheffield United is worth more than three points and can be considered as a six-pointer. The Baggies and Blades were eyeing their maiden Premier League win of the season on Sunday and the former prevailed with a slender 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns.

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher made the difference for the Baggies with a 13th-minute goal and that was sufficient to give them the elusive win. However, the result could have different on another day, given Rhian Brewster and Lys Mousset were guilty of squandering golden chances to put Sheffield level in stoppage time.

Bilic said in the post-match briefing: “It was a huge three points, it was crucial for both teams to get that win, that’s why it was a good game – with plenty of shots. We’re delighted with the points, I’m pleased with the way we played. Although it’s not late in the season, it’s more than three points – a six pointer. For both teams it was a chance to get that first win. And it was also against a team that is around you, so it is one of those games that it is more than a normal win.”

The west Midlands outfit temporarily moved out of the drop zone, before Fulham registered a stunning 2-1 win over Leicester City on the road. They are currently one point adrift of safety and Bilic will be hoping that his team can carry on from the weekend’s performance and propel further up the table. They are scheduled to host Crystal Palace on Matchday 11 and have the perfect chance to beat the south London side. Roy Hodgson’s team have suffered back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Newcastle United without finding the back of the net.