What Chris Wilder said about John Egan's injury blow in Sheffield United's defeat at West Ham

Chris Wilder says John Egan's injury capped a miserable night for Sheffield United as they lost 3-0 at West Ham United.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 8:31 pm

The United manager felt that his side were architects of their own downfall in the defeat, as they remained stuck to the bottom of the table while West Ham moved up to fourth.

Declan Rice put the Hammers again from the penalty spot after Ollie Norwood gave the ball away in midfield, and Chris Basham fouled Jesse Lingard as he looked to shoot.

Issa Diop made it 2-0 after heading home from a corner, before Ryan Fredericks added a third in injury time after being given the freedom of the London Stadium to beat Aaron Ramsdale with his shot.

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And the sight of Egan leaving the pitch on a stretcher, with his leg in a brace, compounded United's misery. Egan hurt himself in a challenge with Lingard and signalled immediately to the bench that he was in trouble.

"It didn't look too good with the stretcher," Wilder said after the game.

"He's on crutches now, and that caps a miserable night for us.

"I've been happy with the progress we've made since Christmas, but we've taken a big step back tonight which is really disappointing.

John Egan went off injured during the closing stages of the game: David Klein/Sportimage

"We can't afford to take any steps back in the position we're in, and we need to recover very quickly."

United looked to have conceded an early penalty when Enda Stevens was adjudged to have fouled Craig Dawson on his return to the Blades side after injury.

But the penalty was overturned after a VAR check showed that Dawson was offside when the initial free-kick came in.